Former Run-DMC member
Reverend Run has announced the completion of his first ever solo album, Distortion.
The album was produced entirely by Run and Whiteboy. The first
single from the album, “Mind On the Road,” will be featured in EA
Sports’ popular football title, “Madden 2006.”
Run, born Joseph Simmons, is the younger brother of Hip-Hop
mogul Russell Simmons.
Russell Simmons recently launched a new label, the Russell Simmons
Music Group, which is distributed by the Island Def Jam Music Group, a Universal
Simmons managed Run-DMC before founding pioneering Hip-Hop label,
Def Jam Records along with partner Rick Rubin in 1984.
“Timing is everything," Russell Simmons said in a
statement. "The uncompromising loud abrasive rock and roll hip-hop of Run-DMC
knocked open the doors to commercial freedom for the rap generation. Their very
best efforts were big in the streets and were ahead of their time when it came
to the mainstream. The debut album from Rev Run, Distortion, is honest, creative,
special, refreshing, and still incredibly commercial. The time is now for Rev
The release of Run’s solo album also coincides with the
release of four classic Run-DMC reissues: Run-DMC, King of Rock,
Raising Hell and Tougher Than Leather.
The reissues hit
stores September 6, while Distortion hits stores on September 13.