Run-D.M.C.

With their trademark gold chains and Adidas sneakers, Run-D.M.C. pioneered the rap art form and became cultural icons along the way. Founded in 1981 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jam Master Jay from Hollis Queens, Run-D.M.C. influenced countless hip-hop acts that followed and made the genre hugely successful with crossover audiences.

DJ Jason 'Jam Master Jay' Mizell, Darryl 'D.M.C.' McDaniels and Joseph 'Run' Simmons of Run DMC photographed in New York. 1988 Frank Micelotta Archive/Getty_Images-2238206

DJ Jason 'Jam Master Jay' Mizell, Darryl 'D.M.C.' McDaniels and Joseph 'Run' Simmons of Run-D.M.C. photographed in New York in 1988. (Photo: Frank Micelotta Archive/Getty Images)