No, his point did not go over my head. But it appears my point has gone over yours.
DMC's position is that Jay Z's popularity primarily stems from the strong radio support he gets.
MY position is that DMC's comments are overreaching and hypocritical WHY...
Because Jay Z, Dame Dash & Rocafella walked the trail blazed by Run DMC, Russell Simmons & Def Jam
STEP 1 CREATE an image, preferably one with edge. (DMC used JMJ, JAYZ used JAZO & BIG L)
STEP 2 PROMOTE WEALTH & MATERIALISM Self explanatory
STEP 3 MAKE RADIO FRIENDLY music with catchy hooks & punch lines to make mass consumption fast & effective.
DMC is not entirely wrong. But I can't just stand & applaud his position when it's disingenuous and incomplete. And IMO, those who do are in fact... misguided!
Run DMC dressed like people from the hood. That wasn't their style, it was the way cats were dressing in Queens. They used JMJ for edge? Trust me my G, Run was no choir boy.....Russell was deep into them streets too, who do you think helped fund and promote Def Jam? Cats like Alpo and and Preme were the ones supplying him with artists....Alpo & Rich actually talked Russell into signing LL Cool J. LL talked about it in some interview
You are completely misguided....Run DMC forever changed Hip Hop with their sound and style. They were the trend setters. There was no formula, they were the first doing it like they did....Radio wasn't playing Hip Hop back then. Miss me with all that other stuff