Who knows where rap would stand today if it weren’t for Run-DMC.
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine penned the trio No. 48 on its list of greatest musical artists of all time. In 2007, mtv.com selected Run-DMC the Greatest Hip-Hop Group of All Time.
With seven CDs to date, the rap group, made up of Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels and Jason “Jam-Master Jay” Mizell, has no doubt released plenty of classic music for fans.
Here are my Top 10 favorite songs by the pioneering rap group Run-DMC.
10). You Talk Too Much (1985).Run-DMC never minced words in their songs. In the same tone as “Wake Up” and “You’re Blind,” the group targeted babbler mouths this time. Instead of being downright rude, Run-DMC fans could rock this and hopefully the offenders get the subtle hint.
9). Christmas In Hollis (1987). Nothing personifies the holiday season more than when DMC rhymes, “It’s Christmas time in Hollis Queens/Mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens.” It’s a wrap when he adds, “Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese/And Santa put gifts under Christmas trees.”
8.) Down With The King (1993). By the early 1990s, some thought the legendary trio was washed-up, but “Down With The King” quieted those haters. Producer Pete Rock and partner C.L. Smooth effectively brought a much-needed new-school sound to the group on this one.
7). Run’s House (1988).Before the hit MTV reality show, Run-DMC recorded a hit song “Run’s House.” The group’s fourth album, Tougher Than Leather, lacked the overall spirit of the first three albums, however, “Run’s House” was an exception with Run and D rhyming harder than ever.
6). Hard Times (1984).This simple but classic song’s just as appropriate today as it was in the early ’80s. Run-DMC actually recorded a lot more positive music than most rap fans may realize. “Hard Times” was the first track on Run-DMC’s debut album and first song I ever heard by them.
5). Perfection (1986). A nearly three-minute song probably shouldn’t make a Top 10 song list, but it does in this case. By their third album, Raising Hell, Run-DMC’s chemistry was perfected, and the effort showed rappers don’t necessarily have spit five or six minutes to prove a point.
4). Jam Master Jay (1984). A timeless tribute to the late Jam Master Jay, this is one of the best songs featuring a DJ in a hip-hop song. Jay got his time to shine on a track, and he took full advantage. It just doesn’t get any better than hearing Run and D flip verses while Jay scratches it up.
3). Rock Box (1984).No other musical group could’ve pulled this off except for Run-DMC. Before “Walk This Way,” Run, D and Jay successfully fused raw rap and rock music years prior on the classic “Rock Box.” The two MCs flowed so naturally on top of the song’s heavy guitar riffs and solos.
2). Sucker MCs (1984). Like so many of the group’s early work, this was patented hip-hop. The rappers bragged and boasted in their raps on top of a hard-hitting drum beat. “Two years ago, a friend of mine/Asked me to say some MC rhymes,” was just one the classic lines by Run in the song.
1). My Adidas (1986). My top song showed the persuasive power of rap and music in general. Not only did Run-D.M.C. fans rush out to buy shell-toe Adidas, they even removed the fat shoelaces and left the price tags still hanging on them. Many fans still today loyally support the shoe brand, including myself.
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