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What Rev Run Can’t Live Without

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If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hairspray and the electric toothbrush. We asked Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons — the minister, mogul, and founding member of Run-D.M.C. — about the boxers, sneakers, and hot sauce he can’t live without.

They’re sturdy. They have a rough look to them. You can wear them and always be cool, in any generation. They aren’t as expensive as some of the really expensive sneakers. Kids can wear them; grown-ups can wear them. They’re just the coolest thing ever. I’ve been wearing them since 1980. I use them like water. Like toilet paper. Just today, I’ve worn two pairs. There are pairs all over my house. My wife is upset because they’re everywhere you look.

Tommy Hilfiger boxer shorts are the only ones I wear. They feel right, they fit right, they’re loose — everything that I need. Between these and Adidas tracksuits — I only wear Adidas tracksuits — I wear the same thing every day. Every single day, 365 days a year.

They had a commercial that said, “Heinz is what ketchup should taste like.” I agree. I don’t like any other ketchup in the world. There is no other ketchup for me, and I love ketchup. I use it on eggs, burgers, fries — I might even put it on steak.

I wear Adidas morning and night, I listen to Sade morning and night. It calms me down. She has one of those Frank Sinatra–type voices, it just brings you there. Every second, I’m listening to Sade. When I hang up this call, I’ll put Sade on my phone, put my phone in my pocket, and just walk around with Sade on. I’ve always loved her, but it’s even increased as I got older. I play it way too much.