Former Run–D.M.C. frontman Rev Run dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney on Wednesday to discuss his career and the evolution of hop hop, as well as his new show.
Run-D.M.C, of course, was founded in the early 1980s and is considered one of the most influential hip hop acts in music history. While people associate violence with rap music from the 1990s and 2000s – as well as the deaths of icons such as Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. – Run Rev said violence was always a part of both the rap game and rap culture.
“Yes, it was very dangerous,” he said. “I remember going to parties on Jamaica Avenue and all through Queens and there was people that would come to the clubs with guns. It was pretty crazy. That’s the misconception. The misconception was that everybody was pure and it was perfect. No, it was pretty crazy back way before rap records were made. There was violence.”
Rev was asked for his take on hip hop today.
“The hop hop game these days, I like it, to tell you the truth,” he said. “I don’t really go too far into what’s good and what’s bad because I’m not the type of Rev to judge anything. But I will say I’m into Drake. I like what Drake does. I like what many of the rappers are doing. Drake mixes singing with rapping. You have so many different rappers doing things that are excited to me. I’m a rap fan still at heart.”
Rev also discussed his new show – “Rev Runs Around the World,” which premiered on the Travel Channel on Dec. 2 – and even judged some spontaneous beatboxing from Brandon Tierney.
“Sounded pretty good,” Rev told Tierney. “I can’t front. It had a little bit of Fat Boys (in it).”