Jon E. Garrett
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July 10, 2012

Are you down with the Kings?

It won’t be the same. That doesn’t mean it won’t be great.

There is no secret that Austin has a hip hop problem. For a place that likes to call itself the “Live Music Capital of the World,” it is sorely lacking in a form that has dominated the charts for much of the last two decades.

That’s why I was pretty stoked to wake up to the announcement this morning that Fun Fun Fun Fest will host the reunion of the seminal hip hop act Run-D.M.C. during the seventh edition of its annual festival November 2-4.

Influential DJ Jam-Master Jay will only be in attendance in spirit. He was murdered in 2002, but for the first time since then surviving members Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels will headline the main stage.

It’s a pretty impressive coup for the relatively young festival and a monumental moment for hip hop. Run-DMC was the first such group to have a gold, platinum and multiplatinum record, appear on American Bandstand and the cover Rolling Stone, and receive a Grammy nomination.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, the group is best known for hits like “Walk This Way,” “It’s Like That” and “My Adidas.”

Festival organizers plan to donate some of the proceeds to the JMJ Foundation for Music, which works to give youth access to the arts.


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  1. tyke strong

    whereand when can i get tickets

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