Rev Run’s resume is the epitome of hashtag blessed. The Run-D.M.C phenom has flooded DVRs as a star on Travel Channel’s Rev Runs Around The World, The Cooking Channel’s Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers and now, his joint venture with Tyrese for OWN’s It’s Not You, It’s Men.
No stranger to doling out relationship gems and motivating quotables on his Twitter, Rev Run teamed with Tyrese, once a subscriber to the Reverend’s newsletter about relationships — and bonded instantly. “When I first started talking to Tyrese, it was the most incredible thing ever because — I don’t have many friends, I don’t know why — we connect on a really deep level,” he tells Billboard.
While Oprah Winfrey gave the duo the green light for their late-night Saturday rendezvous, the MC-turned-mogul born Joseph Simmons says that the show is a balanced debate both men and women can use around the clock. Even Steve Harvey, the man behind the book-turned-blockbuster film Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, co-signed Run and Tyrese’s concept.
“Steve Harvey said it best recently. He said, ‘Listen, there’s one thing with my book — I was coming to one perspective,” Rev recalls. “But having a single guy and a married guy with two different opinions? He said, ‘We’re next level.'” That’s basically it. It’s just the next level of giving women more insight. Two heads are better than one.”
He continues that it’s also about providing insight for the opposite gender. “Men will get tons of insight from watching the show because I’m speaking from a very biblical standpoint,” Rev continues. “I’m inspiring to many men because they don’t know. Tyrese poses the question, ‘How can I be a father if I’ve never had a father? How can I be a husband if I’ve never seen a husband in the house?’ I think that watching and hearing from me can kind of fill the void of what men might need.”
While Rev Run has a thoughtful response for many topics, there was one accomplishment that left him speechless: Run-D.M.C. achieving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. “It was a really big deal. It just blew my mind,” he said of his initial reaction. “The Grammy president called me and I was lost for words. That’s the bottom line. I was lost for words.”