Peacock is kicking off Black History Month with a three-part documentary series, “Kings From Queens: The RUN DMC Story,” which delves into the untold tales and archival footage of the rise to fame of the iconic hip-hop group RUN DMC. Premiering exclusively on Peacock on Thursday, February 1, this series promises an immersive journey into the 1980s, when Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell crafted a groundbreaking sound that left an indelible mark on Queens and the world.
Produced by Believe Entertainment Group, the docuseries features exclusive interviews with the members of RUN DMC and a star-studded lineup of hip-hop legends. Ice Cube, LL COOL J, Questlove, Beastie Boys, Ice-T, Chuck D, Tom Morello, Salt, Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, Ed Lover, Jermaine Dupri, and more contribute to this comprehensive exploration of the genre’s evolution.
Expressing his excitement, artist and executive producer Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons shared, “I am very happy that the world is going to see our great story. So thankful for all that participated in helping us over the years.” Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, also an executive producer, highlighted the series’ potential to educate and inspire, saying, “This documentary series will reach, teach, and educate people on the RUN DMC dynamic.”
“Kings From Queens: The RUN DMC Story” unveils the never-before-told narrative of the most influential rap group in music history. Originating from the streets of Hollis, Queens, RUN DMC not only legitimized a genre labeled a fad by critics but also shattered racial barriers, becoming international stars and fashion leaders of the ‘80s. The docuseries navigates through their journey, addressing life-changing events and challenges, including the tragic murder of their DJ, Jam Master Jay.
Directed by Kirk Fraser and executive produced by Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and a team of notable figures, the series is a testament to the enduring impact of RUN DMC on both music and culture. Premiering on February 1, 2024, “Kings From Queens” promises an in-depth and heartfelt exploration of the pioneers who changed the face of hip-hop.