Last Night: Run D.M.C. at Fun Fun Fun Fest
Photos by Marco Torres
Fun Fun Fun Fest
Auditorium Shores, Austin
November 2, 2012
SLIDESHOWS: The Girls of Fun Fun Fun Fest
Ten years ago, almost to the day, Hip-Hop lost one of its most adored and influential pioneers. His passing left a void that neither his family, his group, nor his fans could ever begin to fill. Sadly, as is somewhat common in Hip-Hop, his murder remains unsolved.
Jason Mizell, better known as Jam Master Jay, was hip-hop. He was a supreme talent at mixing, scratching, beat-juggling, and beat-making, providing the backbone for the rhymes delivered by his friends and fellow Queens, N.Y. natives Joseph Simmons and Darryl McDaniels, all together known as Run-D.M.C.
Their career together spanned almost 20 years, and influenced countless other dee-jays and lyricists that would also make hip-hop into the beacon of cultural cool that it is today.
With one bullet, it was all over.
Ten years later, a shimmer of light shines upon this tragedy. After recording and touring solo, and a foray into reality television, it was announced that the remaining members of Run-D.M.C. would play a show together once again. The comeback was set for Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin Texas. (Of course, Jay-Z had to steal our thunder when he convinced the group to perform at his #MadeInAmerica Festival in Philly back in September; we were also there for that too, by the way).
So there we stood under the stars and the skyline of the capital of the great state of Texas, ready to be hit with a bit of magic and a whole lotta attitude. The banner draped behind the stage left no question as to who we were waiting for. Anticipation grew as the smoke started to fill the stage and the lights began to shine. After a quick intro, we heard a familiar voice:
"Run... D.M.C. Rock! For you! Fresh..."
"Rock Box" and "Sucka MC's" were offered up first, much to the delight of FFFF's largest crowd of the day, many wearing T-shirts with the iconic letters of the group's logo. We even spotted a few Kangols, shell-toe Adidas, and dookie-rope chains in the mix.
Rev. Run brought his attitude with him, his character more vulgar than previously seen, but passionate and dedicated to providing his fans with the excellence the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is known to deliver. D.M.C., even when rapping his parts, seemed subdued and reflective in his fedora and Nirvana T-shirt, but he, too also delivered his performance with a pronounced dignity.