Joseph Ward Simmons
(born November 14 1964
) is one of the founding members of hip hop
. He is known as DJ Run
, Joey Simmons
or Rev Run
, which is a play on his religious title. Born in Hollis
, New York
, he is the youngest brother of Daniel "Danny" Simmons, Jr and Russell Simmons
, Def Jam Records
co-founder. He entered the scene via his older brother Russell, as a DJ for his first big act for Kurtis Blow
. He assumed the alias 'Son of Kurtis Blow', but later changed it to 'Run Love'.
Simmons married Valerie Vaughn in 1983
, and had three children with her: Vanessa Simmons, Angela Simmons, and Joseph "JoJo" Simmons
His second marriage, to Justine Jones, took place on June 25, 1994. With her, he had three more children: Daniel "Diggy" Simmons, III, Russell "Russy" Simmons, II and Victoria Anne, who passed away shortly after birth on September 262006, due to omphalocele. The couple has since adopted a girl, named Miley Justine Simmons.
Joseph "Run" Simmons founded Run-D.M.C. as a lead-vocalist (MC
) along with MC'ing friend Darryl "DMC" McDaniels
and DJ Jason "Jam-Master Jay" Mizell
. The group's work is considered by many to be inventive and original, using numerous revolutionary styles, including the pioneering work of Jam-Master Jay. Run began using the stage name of "Rev Run" after he was ordained as a minister in Zoe Ministries
. His first work as Rev Run was a feature in the single Song 4 Lovers
by UK pop
band Liberty X
in September 2005. The music video for that song was directed by Bill Schacht for Aestheticom and reached broadcast airplay chart positions of #2 Box UK and #4 MTV UK with heavy rotation on 5 other music channels in the UK. http://aestheti.com/LibertyXRun/videosm.html
It was followed by his first solo album, "Distortion". The first single from the album, "Mind On The Road", is featured in the EA Sports's Madden NFL 06 video game. Mind On The Road uses samples from the song "I Love Rock 'N Roll," in the tradition of Run-DMC's 1980's hits using samples like Aerosmith's hit "Walk This Way."
Joseph appeared on stage with Kid Rock, Travis McCoy, and two of his sons on New Years' Eve 2007 on MTV.
Partnership with Kool-Aid and KaBOOM!: In 2008, Rev Run and his wife Justine teamed up with Kool-Aid and a non-profit organization called KaBOOM! to help build playgrounds in underserved communities. With Kool-Aid, they are helping to build 24 playgrounds over the course of 2008 and hope to raise awareness for the need for safe playspaces.
See Run-D.M.C. -- Discography