I am not ashamed to admit that the first time I heard about Run DMC was after watching an episode of Run’s House and wondering why Rev. Run had his own show. Of course, I later found out that he was the member of the legendary rap trio that inspired much of the hip-hop I listened to.

Recently, Run DMC has announced that the group is coming out of the 10 year retirement caused by the death of member Jam Master Jay in 2002. This will mark the first time the name Run DMC is used in performance since 2002, and also the first time that some of today’s youth will hear of the rap group that was the first of many. In tribute, we are taking a look back at the visual history of the legendary Run DMC as portrayed in their music videos and in performance.