By James Montgomery
The remaining members of Run-DMC, Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels will reunite for their first performance in almost 10 years, at the Fun Fun Fun Fest, which will be held in Austin Texas, from November 2-4.
Simmons and McDaniels officially retired the Run-DMC moniker in November 2002, just days after founding member Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell was shot and killed in his Queens recording studio. Ten years later, his death remains unsolved, and in the decade since, the relationship between the two surviving members became strained. They famously decided against performing as Run-DMC when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
But in a show of solidarity — and as a way of marking the ten-year anniversary of Jay’s murder — Simmons and McDaniels will not only headline the Fun Fun Fun main stage, but are working with organizers to donate a portion of the proceeds from the festival to the JMJ Foundation for Music, which is dedicated to providing access to the arts for children and young adults. Last year, DMC remembered his slain friend to MTV’s RapFix blog, saying, “Jason made the deejay rock n’ roll … and he died where he grew up, trying to take his people to a better place.”
Run-DMC join previously announced acts like Atlas Sound, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Against Me!, Danny Brown and David Cross at the 2012 Fun Fun Fun Fest. The full lineup will be announced Thursday (July 12), the same day three-day passes go on sale through the festival’s official site.
It was the moment VH1 viewers were waiting for. Estranged castmember Stevie J of the much talked about VH1 reality series “Love Hip-Hop” went toe to toe with Lil Scrappy after a confrontation over Stevie insulting Scrap’s main squeeze Erica. While security managed to swiftly end the brawl, Stevie J vowed to get back at Scrappy soon enough for the fight that also involved his pregnant mistress Joseline.
Last month Lil Scrappy visited the RapFix Live set and touched on the seriousness of last nights episode.
“It was a situation; it was a real situation,” Scrap said when he appeared on “RapFix Live.”
According to Scrappy, the argument began after Stevie disrespected recurring castmember Erica, Scrappy’s child’s mother. The ATL MC feels that if Stevie had a problem with Erica, he should’ve bypassed her and addressed Scrappy instead. “Like I told him, you can walk off, you don’t gotta disrespect no female,” he said. “If you really wanna do something, ask her where her man at and tell him you wanna throw hands, you wanna take the fade, and I would’ve been happy to do that.”
Though Stevie and Scrappy are accomplished musicians and both now reside in the same city, Scrap says prior to the show neither he nor Erica had a personal connection to the multiplatinum producer, who has done work for the likes of Diddy, Jay-Z and Mariah Carey. “He didn’t even ask — he didn’t know who she was. All he knew is she was a part of the situation and he wanted to pop off,” Scrappy said.
Stay tuned for a full recap of the fiery episode.