What Record Label Was Run-DMC On?
Run-DMC were signed to a independent label called Profile Records which was established in 1980 in New York City. The label was started by Cory Robbins and Steve Plotnicki who both borrowed $17,000 from their parents to start the label.
It was Run’s brother and manager Russell Simmons who gave Run-DMC's demo tape (with “It’s Like That”) to Profile who quickly signed them.
Profile Records Roster
Profile records specialized in urban music and amongst their roster they had:
Poor Righteous Teachers
Nemesis (the first rap crew from Dallas to acheive national success)
Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
Fresh 3 M.C's
Smoothe da Hustler
Sweet Tee & Jazzy Joyce
In 1997, Profile Records was aquired by Arista Records so then Run-DMC became automatically signed to Arista. They only released one studio album on Arista, 2001’s Crown Royal, and a string of Greatest Hits albums. They also scored their biggest hit while signed to Arista.