Album #533 – Run-D.M.C.

Album #533

Run-D.M.C. are my favorite rap group. It’s probably because they combined rap and rock before anybody else. In fact, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels is a bigger fan of classic rock than hip hop. In fact, session guitarist and film composer Eddie Martinez played guitar on several of this album’s tracks. Hard rock would play a bigger role on their next album, King of Rock, but the harder edge was also present on their debut. The differing styles of D.M.C. and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, made their music exciting. The late Jam Master Jay was one of the best turntablists around, only rivaled by Erik B. and Grandmaster Flash. The best part about this album was the attitude. The group had swagger and didn’t take anything from anybody. The album sounded like it came from the street too: bare-bones, cheaply produced. But, it had a strong statement too. Hip hop was the new sound of the street. It had attitude and could be more than just some great tracks that could be played at a party or a showcase for the masters of the turntable. If anything. Run-D.M.C. paved the way for modern hip-hop. But, I love them more than many others because what they did was legitimate. It was not put on, manufactured or stylized. It was the REAL thing!!! The sound of the street. And if anything, it proves that hip hop had a new energy that was not being seen elsewhere in music. It was scary to some but, Run-D.M.C. breathed new life into something that already was starting to take the world by storm. Highlights include: Rock Box, Hollis Crew 2 (Krush-Groove 2),  and It’s Like That. Overall, I give Run-D.M.C., 4 out of 5.

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