The screenwriter who brought the story of Biggie Smalls to the big screen with "Notorious" is at it again. This time, Cheo Hodari Coker is working on a script chronicling the story of rap pioneers [artist id="944"]Run-DMC[/artist] based on the book "Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bill Adler, Run-DMC's longtime publicist and the author of "Tougher," is a former hip-hop journalist who was the second full-time employee at Def Jam Recordings, working with a who's who of the label's legendary roster, including Kurtis Blow, the [artist id="968"]Beastie Boys[/artist], [artist id="932"]LL Cool J[/artist] and [artist id="939"]Public Enemy[/artist]. Adler, who went on to found the Eyejammie art gallery in New York, will executive-produce the film.
Following the arc of the book, the "Tougher Than Leather" movie will lay down the history of hip-hop's first superstars, profiling the Hollis, Queens, trio that included Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and late DJ Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, who was murdered in a still-unsolved crime in his Queens studio in 2002.
Best known for indelible hip-hop hits like "It's Tricky" and "My Adidas," Run-DMC broke through to the mainstream in 1986 with their landmark collaboration with hard rockers [artist id="1028"]Aerosmith[/artist] on a beat-infused remake of that group's 1975 hit "Walk This Way." Run-DMC, who broke up in 2002 following Mizell's murder, are slated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4 as only the second hip-hop group to receive that honor.
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