DJ Run

“Like Martin Luther King, I will do my thing”


Sexy, funny, truly disturbing — and always riveting.

A consciously anonymous persona yet a conspicuously anomalous presence.

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Driven by a desire to create music that white bandleaders couldn’t play.


He fit emotive, supple stories into the short, rhythmic space that is a song.


He invites us to fail better with our every attempt to explore his sonic presence.

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Even his suicide was spectacularly ill-timed.


She described her true self as an old woman chain-smoking on a front step.


It’s like that, y’all. And you don’t stop.

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Franklin Bruno on hip hop’s dance crew The Lockers

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Dan Reines on L.A. Dream Team’s “The Dream Team is in the House” (1985)


Soul music was never more literal.


Roy Christopher on Ice-T’s “The Coldest Rap” (1983)

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Colleen Werthmann on Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” (1983)

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Cosmo Baker on Run DMC’s “Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse)” (1983/1985)


Brian Berger on Grandmaster & Melle Mel’s “White Lines (Don’t Do It)” (1983)

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Nate Patrin on Afrika Bambaataa’s “Death Mix Live, Pt. 2″ (1980/1983)


“Don’t rap about your car, rap about what a car *is*.”


Phil Freeman on Malcolm X with Keith LeBlanc’s “No Sell Out” (1983)

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Joshua Glenn on Wuf Ticket’s “Ya Mama” (1982)


Alex Belth on Malcolm McLaren’s “Buffalo Gals” (1982)

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Dart Adams on The Jonzun Crew’s “Pak Jam” (1982)


Adrienne Crew on “The Message” (1982)

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Douglas Wolk on Busy Bee’s “Cash Money” (1982)