Run-D.M.C. attend the 30th Annual Grammy Awards circa 1988 in New York City.
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'The Run-DMC Story' Depicts the Group's Rise to Rap Royalty — Read for Details on the Docuseries!

'The Run DMC Story' is coming to Peacock in February 2024 — here are details on the cast, release date, and where Run-DMC is today.


Feb. 1 2024, Published 1:33 p.m. ET

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Legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC is getting the Hollywood treatment with a new docuseries set to premiere during Black History Month. Titled Kings From Queens: The Run-DMC Story, the Peacock series chronicles the rise of one of the most influential rap groups in history.

At the helm of the docuseries is director Kirk Fraser, whose previous credits include the Boiling Point series and History Channel’s Tuskegee Airmen: Legacy of Courage.

From the Hollis neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell united to join a collective that had an undeniable mark on the hip-hop landscape.

The group burst onto the scene in the early 1980s, during a time when hip-hop was breaking into the mainstream. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1984 and introduced an energetic sound that seamlessly blended rap and rock.

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Joseph "DJ Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels & Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell backstage at HOB

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Expectations are high for The Run D.M.C. Story are high as fans are anxiously waiting for the release of the series.

As the anticipation for the docuseries builds, the unveiling of the cast has sparked excitement among fans eager to witness the group's rise to fame.

Who is in the ‘Run DMC Story’ cast? Details on the Peacock docuseries.

The Run-DMC Story begins with the group’s inception in the 80s and chronicles their journey to becoming hip-hop icons. The series features interviews with LL Cool J, Tom Morello, Chuck D, Questlove, and Jermaine Dupri.

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“This documentary series will reach, teach, and educate people on the Run-D.M.C. dynamic,” Rev Run said in a statement (per Rock The Bells). “I know people will see themselves in our journey and I am hopeful that the next 50 years of hip-hop will be a movement of positive improvement and creativity, in the same way we changed music and the world.”

The docuseries will be available for streaming on Peacock starting February 1.

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Where are the members of Run-DMC now?

After the reign of Run-DMC, its members went their separate ways.

Run embraced a spiritual path and was ordained as a minister, changing his moniker to Reverend Run. Run also famously broke into reality television with Run’s House – which aired from 2005 to 2009.

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Joseph SImmons (R) and Darryl McDaniels (L) from Run-D.M.C. perform during the Hip Hop 50 Live concert

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DMC took a different route. The rapper overcame several personal struggles before finding solace in writing.

DMC became a published author, sharing his life story in the memoir Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide. Along with this work, DMC is a public speaker and advocate for mental health.

Unfortunately, Jam Master Jay’s life took a tragic turn when he was fatally shot in 2002. His death marked a saddening period for the rap group and the case remained unsolved for many years.

Decades later, the DJ’s godson and a family friend were arrested for his murder. According to CBS News, the pair shot Jay after a failed drug deal. The trial for the murder began in January 2024.

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