While celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop over the weekend, iconic Run-DMC gave their last ever performance at Yankee Stadium during the Hip Hop 50 concert.
The pair of Joseph Simmons, aka Rev. Run, and Darryl McDaniels, aka DMC, came out on stage Friday night and gave fans the show of a lifetime. Run-DMC performed their classic hits while paying tribute to Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, who was tragically shot in 2002 at a recording studio in New York, with his DJ skills keeping each record alive. Run-DMC also displayed “JMJ 4EVER” under their own logo on the screen above them as their set came to an end.
DMC has been hinting at the group’s retirement since January when he said that “Run-DMC is over” in an interview. With the group getting together in 1983, it seems as though fans have been expecting this announcement for quite some time. What better show to choose as your farewell to performing than a festival honoring the 50th anniversary of hip-hop?
Hip Hop 50 Live featured a number of stars to honor the iconic genre’s birthday in its birthplace. The famous Wu-Tang Clan reunited for a performance as well as Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Lil Kim, Lupe Fiasco, Ice Cube and many more. The concert included tributes to hip- hop’s greater, like Kool Herc, Melle Mel and more.
It has been a great Run(-DMC), but fans could not have asked for a better ending for the iconic group than a last performance celebrating the 50th anniversary of a genre that they love and helped build.