Already iconic before he took his first dip into reality TV stardom, Rev Run of RUN DMC fame, and his family of talented teens and young moguls in the making, along with his wife Justine have created a television empire for themselves to rival Run's incomparable, legendary and pioneering music career with Def Jam records starting in the early 80s.
Rev, Justine, and their kids, 18-year-old Russy (yup, he's all grown up) and 7-year-old Miley, will embark on an unforgettable escapade in Travel Channel’s all-new, 16-part series “Rev Runs Around the World,” premiering with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, December 2 at 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
This is no ratchet Kardashian brand of family dysfunction or a bastardization and mutation of Hip-Hop representation. Despite being worth millions, Rev Run and his family exhibit a down-to-earth, relatable and positive approach to life. His respectable, intelligent, ambitious and talented Queens, New York foundation has served him well as he has stayed relevant and impactful in a hip-hop era that forgets its icons and continues to impact the entertainment industry as well as generations of fans for decades.
A dynamic speaker and performer, Rev has relayed his positive messages of family, faith and hip-‐hop at some of the world’s largest music festivals, churches and universities. His daily inspirational ‘Words of Wisdom’ are followed by more than four million people on Twitter. He also serves as an ambassador for Novo Nordisk in their Ask.Screen.Know. diabetes campaign.
The Simmons squad start their journey from their home base in New Jersey and hit 16 cities around the world including Tokyo, Bali, Hong Kong, Dubai, Istanbul, Geneva, Reykjavik, Copenhagen and the site of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) to name a few.
Rev and his wife, Justine, currently host Cooking Channel’s “Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers.” Previously, they starred in “Rev Run’s Renovations,” which aired on HGTV and DIY Network, and on MTV’s culturally-iconic Run's House” with Rev’s six children.
As a reality star and author, Rev has become one of America’s favorite fathers and a paragon of family values, humor and spirituality. The popular MTV series set the groundwork for Take Back Your Family: A Challenge to America’s Parents (Gotham, 2008), which Rev coauthored with Justine.
Prior to this book, Rev wrote Words of Wisdom: Daily Affirmations of Faith (Amistad, 2006) and Words of Wisdom: Daily Affirmations of Faith from Run's House to Yours (Amistad, 2008).
His latest book, Manology: Secrets of Your Man's Mind Revealed (Touchstone, 2014), is co-authored with Tyrese Gibson and became a New York Times Best Seller and has led to a series on OWN set to premiere in early 2016.
The Shadow League had a chance to speak with Hip-Hop's First Family about their latest endeavor. From scaling the Jamaican Blue Mountains to exploring Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico. This family is living in a whirlwind of excitement and is graciously taking us along for the ride.