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From rapper to Reverend : Rev Run “RUN DMC”

Joseph Ward Simmons (born November 14, 1964), known by the stage name Rev. Run or DJ Run, is one of the founding members of the influential hip hop group RUN DMC. He is also a practicing minister, known as Reverend Run. Simmons was born in Hollis, Queens, New York. He is the brother of Daniel ‘Danny” Simmons, Jr. and  Russell Simmons, the co-founder of  Def Jam Records.

He found new popularity in 2005 with his family’s MTV reality show Run’s House.

Run began using the stage name of “Rev. Run” after he was ordained as a Pentecostal minister E. Bernard Jordan,Simmons’s spiritual mentor. Jordan also named him “Protege of the Year Award” in 2004. The same day, symbolic of his “Prosperity Ministry”, there was a “Rolls Royce” parade outside the Plaza Hotel in New York City ” featuring Jordan’s Phantom Rolls Royce. The new $325,000 Phantom had been a gift from Reverend Run as a “thank you” for Jordan’s mentoring support.

Find out more of his words of wisdom here

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