Ever See This Run-D.M.C. & Whodini Cypher From 1985? (Video)

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The year was 1985 and Whodini and Run-D.M.C. were speaking at a seminar. All six members–Run, D and Jam Jam Master Jay for Run-D.M.C., and Jalil, Ecstasy and Grandmaster Dee for Whodini–were present and seated together at a table. Not one to waste an opportunity with a microphone, Jalil decided to start a makeshift cypher.

He engaged the crowd, saying “we don’t need no music and we don’t need no band,” and on command, they accompanied his off the top freestyle with a rhythmic clap. As he passed the verse to his partner-in-rhyme, Ecstasy, Jam Master Jay picked up the percussion, joining in with a human beat box. After Ex got his, he passed it to DJ Run who delivered an extended and extra ferocious verse. D.M.C. did not control the mic, choosing to sit back and enjoy the moment. And, Video Music Box was there to capture it all.

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