By Martin James Friday, December 30th, 2011
Hip hop legends don't come much bigger than Run DMC, and Rev. Run has remained the more visible half of the surviving two members of the iconic rap group. Philanthropist, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and rap's most respected elder statesman, Run has created an enviable latter day persona through his omnipresence on social media network Twitter, and through his talented offspring-- many of whom have become stars in their own right under his watchful eye.
Run's young son, Diggy Simmons, has become one of the more buzzed about newcomers in hip hop. Diggy made headlines in 2010 when he signed a deal with Atlantic Records, and has released several mixtapes and giving performances to intensify the anticipation for his first full-length. His daughters Angela and Vanessa Simmons have become successful entrepreneurs, with their Pastry Footwear line becoming one of the most popular brands for teen girls.
Alongside stars Nick Swisher, Pete Wentz and Serena Williams, Rev Run took part in the Mercedes-Benz Tweet Race leading up to the Super Bowl, which pitted their Twitter followers against each other in a race to see who could rack up the most retweets before the driver's reached their destinations. In the summer of 2011, it was announced that Run and R&B star Tyrese would be writing a book together, Manology, designed to give relationship advice to young couples.