Joseph Ward Simmons (born November 14, 1964), better known by the stage name Run, Rev. Run or DJ Run, is an American rapper, producer, DJ and TV personality. Simmons is one of the founding members of the influential hip hop
He is also a practicing minister
, known as Reverend Run.
He found new popularity in 2005 with his family's MTV
reality show ''Run's House
Simmons was born November 14, 1964, in Hollis, Queens
, New York
. He is the younger brother of artist Danny Simmons
and Russell Simmons
, the co-founder of Def Jam records
Before Run–D.M.C., Simmons was the lead vocalist in the hip-hop group named "The Force." He founded Run-D.M.C. as a lead vocalist along with friend Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels
and the late DJ Jason "Jam-Master Jay" Mizell
Run began using the stage name of "Rev. Run" after he was ordained as a Pentecostal
minister by 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.
His first work as Rev. Run was a feature in the single "Song 4 Lovers" by UK pop
band Liberty X
in September 2005. The music video for that song was directed by Bill Schacht for Aestheticom and reached broadcast airplay chart positions of No. 2 Box UK and No. 4 MTV UK with heavy rotation on 5 other music channels in the UK.
It was followed by his first solo album, ''Distortion
''. The first single from the album, "Mind on the Road", is featured in the EA Sports
's ''Madden NFL 06
'' video game. "Mind on the Road" uses samples from the song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll
", in the tradition of Run–D.M.C.'s 1980s hits which use samples like Aerosmith's hit "Walk This Way
In 2002, he appeared on a special "Rap Stars" edition of ''The Weakest Link
,'' and was the third one voted off.
Rev Run appeared on the MTV
series ''Run's House
'', a reality show revolving around his everyday life with his family, from 2005-2009.
In 2007, he appeared with his son Diggy Simmons
on ''My Super Sweet 16
'' while attending a 16th birthday party for Diddy
's son, Quincy. Diddy
is also the producer of ''Run's House''.
In 2008, Simmons and his wife Justine teamed up with Kool-Aid
and a non-profit organization called KaBOOM! to help build playgrounds in underserved communities. With Kool-Aid, they are helping to build twenty four playgrounds over the course of 2008 and hope to raise awareness for the need for safe play spaces.
On August 5, 2008, Gotham Press published Simmons' book, ''Take Back Your Family: A Challenge to America's Parents'', co-authored by his wife, Justine Simmons, and Chris Morrow.
On September 8, 2007, Rev Run was honored as a BMI
Icon at the annual BMI Urban Awards.
The weekend of September 17 and 18 of 2011, Rev Run made a special guest appearance at Bay Area Fellowship with Pastor Bill Cornelius in Corpus Christi, Texas Bay Area Fellowship Church.
In October 2011, Rev Run was a special guest of Fellowship Church
based out of Grapevine, Texas
Simmons has also created three other cable series, two premiered in 2014; ''Rev Run's Renovation
'' which runs on both the DIY Network
, and ''Rev Run's Sunday Suppers
'' for Cooking Channel
, the other Rev Runs Around the World
premiered on the Travel Channel
Simmons married Valerie Vaughn in 1983. They have three children: Vanessa Simmons
, Angela Simmons
, and Joseph "JoJo" Ward Simmons, Jr.
He married Justine Jones
on June 25, 1994. With her, he had three more children: Daniel "Diggy" Simmons III
, Russell "Russy" Simmons II
, and Victoria Anne Simmons
. Victoria was four pounds, five ounces when she was delivered via caesarean
section. She died shortly after being born on September 26, 2006, due to omphalocele
, a birth defect that caused her organs to grow outside her body.
[Reverend Run, Wife Open Up About Losing Baby]
BY TIFFANY MCGEE. ''People''. Saturday March 31, 2007 11:55 PM EDT
The Simmons' allowed MTV
camera crews of ''Run's House
'' to document baby Victoria's death, telling 'People'
that "God, in my mind, gave us something to go through in front of America, so we documented it on-camera – not so much to show you sadness, but to show you how we, as ministers, would handle this tragedy. he kids
found out on-camera. Diggy was waiting to see, 'How's Mommy?' And the first words we said were, 'The baby didn't make it.'"
Soon they adopted a baby girl, Miley Justine Simmons
The Simmons family lives in Saddle River, New Jersey
in a six-bedroom colonial-style home that was listed for sale in 2007 for $5.5 million.
In 2017, Simmons said he was adopting vegetarianism
because God advised him to.
[Taylor Rock,"Rev Run Is A Vegetarian, Because God Said So,]
The Daily Meal
11 October 2017.
Official ''Run's House'' WebsiteStory of the Death of Run's Daughter
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