The 50 Greatest NYC hip-hop artists: Guest list

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De La Soul's Posdnuos and Run-D.M.C.

De La Soul's Posdnuos and Run-D.M.C.

De La Soul’s Posdnuos

Also known as Plug 1. De La Soul is No. 14 on our list of 50 greatest NYC hip-hop artists.

Run-D.M.C.. I remember being in the car [as a kid] and the radio started spitting out ‘Sucker MCs’—I thought it was crazy. It was just a beat with claps, which made it stand out due to how minimal it was. I remember how ill I thought it was for the first MC to rhyme three times and then the last MC comes on at the end of the record for a few bars and kills it.

“Before Run-D.M.C., a lot of hip-hop artists dressed very new wave or funkish, like Parliament. They dressed like their stage name was an alter ego. But Run-D.M.C. dressed the way the average person in the neighborhood dressed: Lees and Adidas. That gave me more incentive to take a stab at rhyming. The fact [that] they were from Queens, which was neighbors of Long Island [where De La Soul originated], made me feel more confident about being from the suburbs but having a story to tell.

“Their influence spilled way outside of hip-hop/black music into rock & roll and pop culture—so it showed you could use all genres of music to paint pictures about your way of life, which became the DNA of De La Soul.

“Run-D.M.C. became a group that could speak to and for everyone. Kids loved them, but someone older could find themselves appreciating their music. The same could be said about how they were embraced by all races. Even now, their music is timeless. Not old-school—but timeless.”

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