Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Run DMC...Roll & Rock Hall of Fame!!!

This month I heard on the radio that Run DMC has made it! Huh?

Yep, it's taken 25 years for the rap pioneers to get recognized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Did you know Run DMC isn't the first hip hop act to be honored? Nope...Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five planted that flag back in 2007 when the band was awarded the RIAA’s Lifetime Achievement Award!

First in da game But no rap act has won these medals...First rap Top 10 album, first rap Grammy Award nomination, first rappers on MTV and Saturday Night Live and first Rolling Stone cover! Run DMC went against the grain by replacing the funk and RnB grooves and rhythms with something harder...and whiter to get their message across. They popularized rock breakbeats like Billy Squier's "Big Beat" and took the hard rock guitar attitude and sound and crossed over to the rockers as well as open up new avenues for rap.

Love or hate? If you were an Aerosmith fan you might have thought Run DMC's cover of "Walk This Way" was blasphemous back in 1985! That was the only time I ever paid attention to Steve Tyler...well, there was Liv too ;)

RIP Jam Master Jay, 2002

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