OGDEN, Utah – Joseph Simmons, formerly known as DJ Run the founder of Run–D.M.C., will speak on Feb. 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building at Weber State University.
As front man for Run-D.M.C. in the 1980s, he and his group pioneered and revolutionized the popularity of hip-hop music. Run-D.M.C.’s hit “It’s Like That” was ranked 40th on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop” (2008).
DJ Run changed his name to Rev. Run in honor of his ordination as a Pentecostal minister. After the 2002 death of band mate Jam-Master Jay, Run-D.M.C. split up and Rev. Run began working on his solo album, “Distortion.” Run starred in MTV’s reality show “Run’s House” (2005-2009), which followed the exploits of the minister and his wife raising their five kids.
The presentation, part of the WSU’s Convocation Lecture Series in connection with Black History Month, is free to the public.
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