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On this day in music history: May 17, 1988 – &…

On this day in music history: May 17, 1988 – “Tougher Than Leather”, the fourth album by Run-DMC is released. Produced by Run-DMC, Davy D. and Rick Rubin, it is recorded at Chung King Studios, Unique Recording Studios, Electric Lady Studios, Greene St. Recording Studios in New York City and Ian London Studios in East Islip, NY from Mid 1987 – Early 1988. Having achieved unprecedented success for a rap group with their their third album “Raising Hell”, Run-DMC tour extensively during 1986 and 1987. Ambitious to not only maintain their newly found star status, but go to the next level, the group not only plan a new album, but a feature film as well. Run-DMC return to the studio to work on their fourth album “Tougher Than Leather”. Working again with Rick Rubin, the group also collaborate with David “Davy D.” Reeves (“One For The Treble (Fresh)”) on the album. Musically, “Leather” differs noticeably from its predecessor. With contemporaries like Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim and Boogie Down Productions rapidly changing the face of Hip Hop, Run-DMC also look to diversify their sound. Though not technically a soundtrack album, it also features several songs in the film they are set to star in. Also titled “Tougher Than Leather”, the film is co-written and directed by Rick Rubin. The group star as themselves, out to solve the murder of their friend and roadie Runny Ray (Raymond White). “Leather” also features cameos and musical performances by Slick Rick and The Beastie Boys. The film receives universally negative reviews upon its release in September of 1988, and is in and out of theaters quickly. So far, it has only been given a brief release on VHS tape, but has remained out of print for over thirty years. The album fairs significantly better, spinning off four singles including “Run’s House” (b/w “Beats To The Rhyme”) (#10 R&B), “Mary, Mary” (#29 R&B, #75 Pop), “I’m Not Going Out Like That” (#40 R&B) and “Papa Crazy”. Though it sells decently, it falls far short of the triple Platinum sales of “Raising Hell”, with many fans feeling that “Tougher Than Leather” pales in comparison to the previous album. In 2001, director Kevin Smith uses the title song in his film and on the soundtrack of “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back”. “Leather” is remastered and reissued on CD in 1999, when Profile Records is absorbed by Arista. A second CD reissue in 2005 includes four bonus tracks, including the holiday single “Christmas In Hollis”. Out of print on vinyl since its original release, its reissued by Music On Vinyl in 2014, and again by Get On Down Records in 2017. “Tougher Than Leather” peaks at number two on the Billboard R&B album chart, number ten on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: May 15, 1986 – &…

On this day in music history: May 15, 1986 – “Raising Hell”, the third album by Run-DMC is released. Produced by Run-DMC, Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons., it is recorded at Chung King Studios, Shakedown Sound Studios, Soundtrack Studios and Magic Venture Studios in New York City from January – March 1986. Enjoying major success with their first two albums, Run-DMC begin work on their third in early 1986. Instead of producer Larry Smith, the group decide to change things up and work with Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin. Fully rehearsed and prepared with notebooks packed with new rhymes, Run and D are ready to bring it as well. At one point, Rubin suggests that Run-DMC cover Aerosmith’s 70’s rock classic “Walk This Way” (#4 Pop, #8 R&B, #6 Club Play). Though familiar with the opening drum break (having rhymed over it for years), they hadn’t heard the whole song. When they do, they fall about laughing, calling it “corny” and “hillbilly”. Run and D are convinced to do it, with Rick suggesting they remake it as a duet with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. After it’s complete, Simmons and McDaniels are still unsure about it. Much to their surprise, it receives radio play immediately, leading Profile Records to issue it as the follow up to “My Adidas” / “Peter Piper” (#5 R&B, #33 Rap). “Walk This Way” is accompanied by a music video (directed by Jon Small), that pit Run-DMC and Jam Master Jay against Tyler and Perry, ending with them rocking out on stage together. A huge radio and MTV hit, the song propels Run-DMC into the stratosphere. “Walk” also revives Aerosmith’s career, setting the stage for their huge comeback. “Hell” spins off a total of four singles including “You Be Illin’” (#12 R&B, #29 Pop) and “It’s Tricky” (#21 R&B, #57 Pop), with the latter featuring a humorous video with magicians Penn & Teller. “Raising Hell” makes history as the first rap album to reach multi-Platinum status in the US, furthering Hip Hop’s reach into mainstream public consciousness. It receives a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal in 1987. The album cover art is released with two different color variations. One cover is tinted purple (front) and red (back), with the graphics in green (front) and blue (back). The second cover is tinted green (front) and blue (back) with the title and artists graphics printed in hot pink (front) and orange (back). It is remastered and reissued on CD in 2005, with five additional bonus tracks. It is most recently reissued as a 180 gram LP by Get On Down Records in 2017. In 2018, it’s selected for preservation by the National Recording Registry by the Library Of Congress. “Raising Hell” spends seven weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number three on the Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 27, 1984 -…

On this day in music history: March 27, 1984 – “Run-D.M.C.”, the debut album by Run-D.M.C. is released. Produced by Russell Simmons and Larry Smith, it is recorded at Greene Street Recording in New York City from Mid – Late 1983. The Hollis, Queens, NY rap groups debut changes the face of the genre with its stripped down beats and hard edged rhymes, reflecting a truer vision of hip hop than has previously existed on record. Its impact is felt upon its release, not only expanding the boundaries of rap music, but helping the music grow beyond its original fan base out of the inner city and into the suburbs of America, then around the world. With the single “Rock Box”, Run-DMC is one of the first rap acts to be played on MTV. It spins off four singles including “It’s Like That”, “Rock Box” and “Hard Times”, becoming the first rap album to reach Gold status in the US. In 2005, a deluxe edition of the album is reissued with four bonus tracks. The album is reissued again on CD in 2016 by Music On CD, featuring the same bonus tracks from the 2005 Arista release. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued in 2015, and again by Get On Down Records in 2017. “Run–D.M.C.” peaks at number fourteen on the Billboard R&B album chart, number fifty three on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Run-DMC (1985)

Born on this day: May 31, 1964 – Darryl &ldquo…

Born on this day: May 31, 1964 – Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of the legendary rap group RUN DMC. (born Darryl Matthews McDaniels in Harlem, NY). Happy 54th Birthday, D!!!

On this day in music history: March 27, 1984 -…

On this day in music history: March 27, 1984 – “Run-D.M.C.”, the debut album by Run-D.M.C. is released. Produced by Russell Simmons and Larry Smith, it is recorded at Greene Street Recording in New York City from Mid – Late 1983. The Hollis, Queens, NY rap groups debut changes the face of the genre with its stripped down beats and hard edged rhymes, reflecting a truer vision of hip hop than has previously existed on record. Its impact is felt upon its release, not only expanding the boundaries of rap music, but helping the music grow beyond its original fan base out of the inner city and into the suburbs of America, then around the world. With the single “Rock Box”, Run-DMC is one of the first rap acts to be played on MTV. It spins off four singles including “It’s Like That”, “Rock Box” and “Hard Times”, becoming the first rap album to reach Gold status in the US. In 2005, a deluxe edition of the album is reissued with four bonus tracks. The album is reissued again on CD in 2016 by Music On CD, featuring the same bonus tracks from the 2005 Arista release. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued in 2015, and again by Get On Down Records in 2017. “Run–D.M.C.” peaks at number fourteen on the Billboard R&B album chart, number fifty three on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Run-DMC photographed by Ebet Roberts, 1986.

Run-DMC photographed by Ebet Roberts, 1986.

Run-DMC (1988)

Run-DMC (1988)

Run-DMC (1985)

Run-DMC (1985)

Born on this day: January 21, 1965 – Hip Hop i…

Born on this day: January 21, 1965 – Hip Hop icon DJ Jam Master Jay (born Jason William Mizell in Brooklyn, NY). Happy Birthday to this pioneering DJ and producer on what would have been his 53rd Birthday.