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Run-D.M.C.

Run-D.M.C.

1984

Run-D.M.C.

Album Summary

Run-D.M.C. is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Run-D.M.C., released on March 27, 1984, by Profile Records. The album was produced by Russell Simmons and Larry Smith. It was considered groundbreaking for its time, presenting a tougher, more hardcore form of hip-hop. The album's sparse beats and aggressive rhymes were in sharp contrast with the light sound that was popular in hip hop at the time. Run-D.M.C. peaked at number 53 on the Billboard 200, and number 14 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. The album became the first rap album which was certified as Gold by the RIAA (December 17, 1984). The album features five the Billboard singles: "It's Like That", "Hard Times", "Rock Box", "30 Days" and "Hollis Crew". The first single from this album, "It's Like That", released on August 10, 1983, opened a new page in the history of hip-hop with a tone of social protest (unemployment, inflation). "It's Like That" is judged by many to be the first hardcore rap song, and the first new school hip-hop recording. "Sucker M.C.'s" is one of the first diss tracks, and "Rock Box" is the first song in the rap rock genre.With Run-D.M.C., Run-D.M.C. came to be regarded by music critics as pioneering the movement of new school hip hop of the mid-1980s. In 1989, the album was ranked number 51 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 240 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, with the ranking changing to numbers 242 and 378 in the 2012 and 2020 updates of the list, respectively. The album was reissued by Arista Records in 1999 and 2003. An expanded and remastered edition was released in 2005 and contained 4 previously unreleased songs.

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Rating

3.2

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4929

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Sat Dec 11 2021
2

My name is Greg and I'm here to say / Run DMC's rhymes sound old and dated However important and influential it may be, this era in rap just sounds incredibly simplistic to my modern ears. "They walked so others could run", but they still walked. I'm glad I heard it once, but I'm not coming back to it.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

Legendary. This is the album that started it all. When DMC broke big with this album, they threw the doors wide open for hip hop to step onto the main stage of American (and world) music. If, to the modern listener, it seems a bit hokey in delivery, it's worth remembering that this was a genre in its extreme nascency and it was still trying to figure out what it was supposed to sound like. So it borrowed from rock, techno, and R&B and then added that unique NYC hiphop flavor. The end result is a groundbreaking work stuffed full of powerful messaging, clever lyrics, and unapologetically fun beats.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

Dang. This one kind of washed over me and I quickly grew tired of the you-say-one-word-then-I'll-say-the-next-word style that I 100% loved when I was a kid and sooo many rappers imitated. But it may also be that Raising Hell is simply a way better album than this; don't know, haven't listened to that in forever either. Regardless, respect to the legacy. Respect to the track suits.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
1

Hip hop was a mistake. I can’t believe it got MORE popular after this boring album came out

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

Loving the rawness and simplicity of this album. Definitely had me dancing around the kitchen.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

Love how sparse this is, and their interplay. Although rapping and rhymes have obviously progressed since this time, their delivery is so on point and their message is clear that it doesnt matter that the rhymes are basic. Loved it.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

I loved all of the sounds of this album. Drum machines and heavy guitar sounded great and really could see the beastie boy influences.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Anything that was featured in Vice City largely contributed to my unstoppable love with 80’s music, especially origins of the hip hop. “It’s like that” and “rock box” wow!!!

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

EPIC! I never realised the message in these tracks although I always really enjoyed them for the entertainment value with the retro beats and rap style. I have a new-found appreciation for It's Like That and Wake Up - what a TUNE.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

Ok i

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

Probably the only rap/hip-hop album that I ever enjoyed. Some songs are fun and lighthearted (but still have well-written texts that you can follow), while some are more serious, providing comments on problems in the modern world. But even then, the lyrics aren't too sad or heavy. The beats are also good, and the occasional bits of rock melodies are a nice touch. And overall, the artists come across as fun, likable guys, a connection that isn't easy to establish through music.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

A classic album, and you can still hear its influence in a lot of current music. Don’t know what else to say about this really - love it.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

KILLER album. Insanely influential on hip-hop as a genre and it's just full of jams. I love the minimalist beats.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Absolutely fantastic.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Bangers!

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

A really fun album. It changed the entire hip hop game. The rhymes seem simplistic by today's standards but that doesn't take from the album. The album does not have some of Run DMC's mega hits but it is still a good album. I would listen to it again.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

Good

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

This album is great. I remember it well from when it came out and got popular. I had not heard much rap/hip hop at that age (early/mid teen years) and I liked how different it was from most music with which I was familiar. Love how 'Rock Box' showed the world that rock and rap have a lot more in common than most had thought. Pretty clear the door it opened for so much that followed.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

An album of a generation.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Owned this almost 40 years ago. Can't wait to listen on the way to work!

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Absolutely class - both interesting as the start of the golden age, and immensely enjoyable on its own merits. It's like that and rock box and hard times and wake up are all pretty perfect, and so are all the other tracks!

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

very cool

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Put that fancy new drum machine to work! Rock Box keeps it funky fresh with the Duncan Hines reference and guitars. Sucker M.Cs pretty great Wake Up is kinda sad because not one of the problems from 84 is solved. Jam Master Jay can jam! Every M.C. that follows owes it to Run DMC so gets a 5 by being the template for pretty much all the rap/hip hop that follows

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Landmark album in every aspect that contains many classic tracks: Rock Box is almost just as good as Walk This Way; Hard Times might even be better than the Kurtis Blow original; and It's Like That is a big single (19997 remix is even better) while Sucker MCs is another legendary rap track and the other two singles (30 Days, Hollis Crew) are 5* too. The remaining three tracks, including Jam Master Jay, are also very good and well known.

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Wed Aug 19 2020
4

We all know that Run-D.M.C. didn't originate hip-hop music. But they did completely reinvent it. In the early 80s, hip-hop was all about the party, and that definitely wasn't the theme on the duo's quintessential debut. Adapting the hard rock attitude and edge with hip-hop, changed the way hip-hop was perceived for all time. Their style was raw, rough and tough, and hit much harder than anything that came before it. In comparison, they are a lot like The Beatles of hip-hop. If rap and rock were on a level playing field, Run-D.M.C. was arguably just as influential as The Beatles. The thing that could possibly date this record, is the production. It's very minimal, built on drum machines and Jam Master Jay's relentless scratching. Every once and awhile they throw in a guitar riff, or a keyboard hit, but overall, it's pretty skeletal. But that almost seems to be part of the strategy. The record was supposed to sound raw and stripped down, and the production reflects that nicely, retaining it's full-fledged impact. This was the first of many Run-D.M.C. records that Russell Simmons produced. He also went on to produce records for other artists, such as LL Cool J and Slick Rick. The music, lyrics, themes, delivery, and attitude on their debut marked a turning point for rap music. It's shocking at how good the track listing is for this debut. My favorites are "Hard Times," "Rock Box," "Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)," "It's Like That," and "30 Days". Run-D.M.C. have influenced countless acts to follow. Such as The Beastie Boys, Boogie Down Productions, Ice-T, LL Cool J, Eric B. & Rakim and many, many more. Rappers built on Run-D.M.C.'s style, just like rock bands built on The Beatles' style. This stunning debut may not be their most cohesive or popular album. But it's undoubtedly the most copied formula in rap and hip-hop. 4, as close as it gets to being a 5.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
4

Stone cold classic

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Love the rock hip hop fusion from that time, solid album.

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Sat Sep 18 2021
4

A classic

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Cool to get to know their first album. Fine early hip hop. Won't relisten though, it's still a bit raw

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

better than I expected, a trendsetter in its time.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

doesnt understand

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Holds up

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

There's no real way for a rap album from the mid-80s not to sound dated, very similar to the rock of the 50s. There were so many technological and methodological innovations in the years after this album that changed the sound of hip-hop forever. Despite being a time capsule, this album still has a lot going for it. The sparse 808-based samples work really well with the more aggressive lyrical style that Run-DMC brought to hip-hop. It's a nice compromise between the lighter rap style that was popular before this point and the ultra-violent content that existed during gangsta rap. I think of this album being a 4/5 mostly because of its importance as a turning point for hip-hop, but it still sounds good too, if not a bit limited by the sample set included in the 808 4/5

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Solid stuff - easy to see how they took the genre mainstream and became so influential. Fave track - love the guitar samples from "Rock Box". Also, gotta love the juxtaposition of the unsympathetic pragmatism of "It's Like That" followed by the dreamy idealism of "Wake Up"!

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

4 stars. Great to listen to an album that has inspired to much modern music. This is not something I would be itching to listen to again, but worth it at least once

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Great!

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

Good start, great middle and a meh ending. 4/5

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

An welchen Straßenecken hat der Hip Hop zwischen 1984 und jetzt die falschen Abbiegungen genommen, dass wir nun diese Nigga-SuckMyDick-Mumble-Rapper haben?

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Funky

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

El disc que ho va començar tot gairebé. Sense ser un fanàtic del génere, els pocs discos que van a arribar a editar com a banda em semblen una meravella, especialment el to i flow dels MCs, aquí tan brillants a 'It's Like That'... Encara millorarien, però aquí ja van estrenar-se a una altura molt alta

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

3.8 - Somewhat sparse beats, but great delivery above them. Loved Rock Box. Can really hear the influence they had on later artists - especially in late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

Solid listen

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

Definitive mid-80s hip hop beats. Appreciate what it laid the foundation for more than I actually really dig the music.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

At a time when hip hop was mostly about parties and fashion brands, here were Run-D.M.C, shaking up the template by dropping lyrics with social commentary and slamming the drum machine over rock sound samples. This was ground breaking for early hip hop and kicked the genre along, broadening the horizons. Hard Times, It’s Like That and Rock Box are stand out tracks.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

This album is a little bit repetitive, but is impossible to think about any modern hip-hop and don't think about Run DMC, so, it deserves his place on this list.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

game changer

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

it's like that and that's the way it is

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

A lot of the tracks are not just old school but prehistoric rap. That said it still wins you over and about half the tracks are bangers.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Such an influential album and group. The skeletal production works well with Run and DMC's expressive style and signalled a change in hip hop at the time. Loved the dialogue between the two MCs too on tracks like It's Like That.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Surprisingly I actually kinda dig it. I haven't listened to this early of hip-hop much, but I like this minimalist/staccato/sparse presentation, definitely a fun little jaunt. Plus decently thoughtful lyric material. Dare I say this album is cute now?

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Love the drum machines on this. Despite being a big step towards "hardcore" rap their tone is largely positive. In this way it sounds very balanced and refreshing.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Obviously legends and trend setters, influential giants. What struck me was how simple and spare everything is, some of the tracks were just a straightforward beat and rapping over the top. I found it refreshing.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

IGHT

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

One of the most recognizable voices in all of music.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

This was a banger, such a good sound. I love the addition of guitar sounds to the classic hip hop beats

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

I haven't listened to this album in about thirty years and forgot how raw and original it is. Jam Master Jay's sampling and cutting work with the by today's standards 'simple lines'. But this right here is one of the building blocks of rap. Long before the autotune. 4.5/5.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Very beasties boye

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Normally I don't listen to old school hip-hop that much, but this was very enjoyable. Also very enjoyable that it included the hit ''It's Like That''.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

The album that ripped hip-hop from its disco roots and set the template for its next 38 years. The album that proved full length LP album hip-hop could be a thing. The B-Boy style that reinvented urban fashion. And in Rock Box the song that quietly went about creating the rock/rap crossover format, got Run DMC played on MTV and had a large hand in hip-hop going mainstream. Got a lot to answer for haven't you Rock Box eh? As influential as it is, there's a bit too much filler in amongst the bangers to make it a 5. That said, an album containing Hard Times, Rock Box, Jam-Master Jay and It's Like That can't possibly get less than a 4, filler or no filler.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Oh, I don't know. SHACK'S reviews didn't last very long, did they? What would CRUTE score this? 3? I'll go somewhere around that then. RIP Meatloaf

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

A seminal record which helped launch the new school style, Run-D.M.C. features drum machines, more aggressive delivery (relatively), and emphasizes the DJ alongside the MC. With rock and funk tinges, this album is more coherent and intentional than a lot of old school records. The only drawback for me is just how dated it sounds

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Grymt album

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Lekker

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

Hip Hop it dont stop! This may have been ground breaking back in the day but I was more into Grand Master Flash or Afrika Bombaataa(Party People) then Public Enemy. I prefered the funkier sound of hip hop. I do think listening today this album comes across a bit dated obviously due to the technology available at the time. There is no doubt though that Jam Master Jay was a talented DJ and there is a few stand out tracks namely the singles Rock Box, Hard Time and of course Its Like That. Ground breaking but now in 2022 I dont think its timeless.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

This really is an album that you should listen to. It's the earlier example of beat box that I can recall, and had a huge influence. Just really classic.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Hard beats and a boastful vocal delivery. You can see why RUN DMC were so irresistible to Aerosmith. It was fun recognising parts of this album that other artists have sampled. Half the tracks on Electro 1-6 seem to have been lifted from the album. Dave put the record, etc.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

pretty groundbreaking for 83 and hard beats for the time. I think you just take run dmc for granted now and they are almost seen as a novelty but this proves they had steel. 4.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

I found myself missing the guitar riffs a bit after the second track. Nevertheless, the MCs effortlessly demonstrate the reasons for their influence. The progression from drum machine beats, to bragging, tunes, props to the DJ: It's all innovative, all entertaining.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Very cool album. Simple but fun beats and really good lyricism/delivery. I think some of the songs drag on a little too long without much change in the tone of the song, but that's a minor complaint. 7/10

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

a little corny but overall pretty good, 8/10

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

Okei, oli aikanaan kovaa menoa (kiitos Elias tutkimukseksesta), mutta nyt on vaan hauska hiphop-levy. Saundit toisinaan vähän dänkkejä, mut hyvällä tavalla. Kuuntelin eilen kävelyllä ja sai kyllä asennetta askeleeseen. Kaiken kaikkiaan 4/5

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

Classic! Jos tää jossain hävii modernille räpille niin se on käyttettyjen samplereiden maksimimuisti. Ei mikään muu. 4/5

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

It's tricky not to rate this a 5, it's so close.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

The beginnings

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

I DM’d the C if you know what I mean. You can def tell how they basically created beastie boys

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Old school and cool. There are some dips here or there in how strong some of the songs have held up. For an album that launched hardcore rap, it feels less hard and more a reflection of working class struggles for black communities. It is defiant and doesn't hide the pain but it isn't brutal. Perhaps that is how it holds up so well... it's truth speak. (Unlike other later albums which are closer to ego-centric anger displays) And the mix still feel fresh.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

Run-DMC brought rap to the mainstream rock and pop market, thus to white people. They made hip-hop just white enough without losing its integrity. You can't go wrong with their debut album. (7/10) FT: It's Like That, Rock Box

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

True pioneers. A bit cheesy by today's standards, but this album is one of the first of it's kind for hip hop.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Simple and solid. Still kills.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Well, that certainly was a rap album from the 80s

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

I didn't like it as much as some of the other East Coast stuff I've gotten on here, like Biggie and Tribe Called Quest, but I did still like it.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

Interesting beats that mix up every song. (Subverts expectations in stanzas) Emphasis on certain words for more impact, punchy. Throws words back and forth (Childlike whilst discussing heavy subject matter). Uses common social issues in ghettos and black neighbourhoods to relate to their audience, trying to punch a message. Wake Up is very layered, probably one of my favourites. Describes a utopia, then tells us it was all a dream. (On the nose.) Very unsubtle, but thats not a negative, just unappealing to me.

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Sat May 07 2022
4

As I grow older I appreciate this work more and more.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

Solid, better than the first album that was referred. A couple saved songs off this, this is a defined, classic sound.

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Mon May 23 2022
4

what!!!! this album was FUN. i had a grand time listening to this album. there was never a dull moment. dmc and run going back and forth often kept me on my toes! they were so quick. the beats are, as the kids say, sick. i admire that, despite most of their tracks being fun, they use "wake up" as a powerful political song. run dmc were such pioneers with this hip hop album coming out in 1984. but then certain songs, such as "30 days," are of their time. i don't know the last time i heard the word "layaway." (but i loved that song anyway.) i enjoy the combination of rap and rock, too--the guitar is amazing on "rock box"! rip jam master jay. what a legacy he created!

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Old school run. Doesn't have quite the same bite

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Fri May 27 2022
4

The raw, heavy and powerful sounds of the simple drum machine arrangements and the very occasional synthesizer stab behind the very 80s MCing make for an austere but thrilling listen. I expect this must have sounded amazing in the 80s! "Rock Box" is a strange and jarring interruption in an otherwise outstanding album, without that track I would give the album 5 stars but it ruins it for me. The Jason Nevins remix of "It's Like That" came out when I was 11 and I remember it being my favorite song at the time 😂

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Classic.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

I really enjoyed this, and I don't do Hip Hop in general. The entire album communicates a great sense of humor and a positive worldview. It's also catchy enough to engage me even though I don't really like rap. My understanding of the history is that Run-D.M.C. created that punk-rap sound that makes Rock Box distinctive, although the idea was actually Rick Rubin's and they'd never heard the punk backing when they recorded their vocals. It clearly influenced the Beastie Boys, and led the way to their other guitar backed tracks, like their Walk This Way collaboration.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

Enjoyable with a couple of stand out tracks. 4.5 rounded down

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

I was today years old when I figured out Run D.M.C are the names of each MC. Simpler times, good tracks

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

It definitely shows it's age and I definitely don't care. It's a fun album to listen to. I'll take it over this trap beats bullshit era we live in now any day. This a legendary act that deserves all the respect. However, this album isn't exactly 5 star perfect. Some songs are really good while others are just okay, maybe a little above average. They definitely have better albums. It's a 4 from me but this I'd a great old school album. Highly recommended.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
4

Something comforting about their "we're all still figuring this rap thing out" flow

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Classic Old School. Really takes me back. Reminds me of old friends that I haven't thought of in years! This was definitely a sound that was truly new and unique at the time. Rock Box set the way for songs like "Walk This Way" That Aerosmith and Run-DMC collaborated on. Every song is significant and set the stage for others to follow.... Standouts: It's Like That, 30 Days, Hard Times, and Rock Box. Others: Jam-Master Jay, Hollis Crew, Sucker M.C.'s, Wake Up, Jay's Game. 4/5

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Very minimalistic production with simple but excellent beats. The rapping really gets the spotlight only to be amplified by the beats. Run and DMC are excellent and there's a reason why this album is so important for hip hop. I would however say that hip hop has evolved after RUN-D.M.C's debut album but this laid the groundwork for many others.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Great stuff

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

liked this more than i thought i would!

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Sat Aug 13 2022
4

When I first started this generator over a year ago, one of the very albums I rolled was Raising Hell by Run-D.M.C. I had never gotten into hip hop before, so as a prep to that one, I listened to their debut, this one. Since that, I've dug very deep into the hip hop world, from Biggie to Wu-Tang to Jay-Z and Kanye. But the weird thing is: I hadn't revisited Run-D.M.C since that first foray despite giving Raising Hell 5 stars as the perfect introduction to hip hop. (Hilariously sad I said in that review, "This a must-listen for sure and I'll keep going back to this one." Oh well.) Not just a perfect intro to me, but for the whole world. But this one is arguably more influential, being the first hip hop album with a more serious tone, a consistent vibe that people can say "wow, this is a hip hop album" on the same level as rock albums at the time. It's a fun and energetic album, with two excited MC's who can't help but divert your attention, joking with each other and finishing each other's sentences. It's an incredibly accessible album, with fun beats and a diverse style. "Hard Times" starts off with an intriguing hook to show their personality and what you're in store for. The production is immediately highlighted here. "Rock Box" pulls in pop and rock audiences with a hard, melodic sound easy to love. Isn't even their best rap rock song. Next two songs "Jam-Master Jay" and "Hollis Crew" are minimalistic, with punchy beats, highlighting their personalities and witty lyrics, with other cool production effects not necessarily relying on common old-school techniques. Personally my least favorite tracks though. The next track is where the album really picks up for me. "Sucker M.C.'s" is known as the first diss track, and has my favorite lyrics. Production-wise very similar to previous tracks and can be considered boring, but I love their performances here. But by far, "It's Like That" is the best track on the album, really loud and in-your-face with a progressive, serious message. Love the sense of urgency and call to action, and those snare drum solos gives us necessary space. I'm a huge fan of the production effects of "Wake Up", although it gets a bit tiring going on for so long. "30 Days" is a personal favorite, with an awesome sci-fi hook, funny verses, and the inviting line "YOU CAN SEND ME BACK IN 30 DAYS." Again drags on a little too long, but you notice this one less. Finally our closer "Jay's Game" is classic old school record scratching, a fun way to end things off but definitely overstays its welcome. Shouldn't have gone much over 2 minutes. Overall, I find this has many of the strengths of Raising Hell, and perhaps even more influential in establishing hip hop, but it's significantly weaker, especially on the production sound being too repetitive. Has lots of filler that could be dramatically cut short. I'd probably cut sick of playing this album more than a few times again, but I definitely need to play more of the highlights individually, and of course remind myself to put Raising Hell back in rotation.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Ok

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

7/10

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

Real funky early hip hop album

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

Just brilliance. Bringing NYC hip hop in to the masses in the 80s. Paving the way for future generations. This is why.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Impressively fun album, feels way ahead of its era.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

That’s the way it is

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Iconic, but a little repetitive

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

A good listen all the way through. "It's Like That" is one of my favorites.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

This album is about one song really.. Rock Box. Way ahead of its time and the root of so many artists to come. It's a 5 star song, the rest of the album is good but not as strong as material on there next 2 albums.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Classic hip-hop

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

"I'm light-skinned, I live in Queens, and I love eatin' chicken and collard greens." Damn...

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

I really enjoyed this but I'll be the first to admit that it is probably mostly nostalgia talking. The songs all sound basically the same and the beats, while unique, are pretty simplistic. I'd throw the whole album on anytime though.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
4

Some really great old school hiphop. I'm not a huge rap person but this kinda old school stuff speaks to me a lot more than a lot of the more modern stuff on here. It's kinda goofy but really fun.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Cheesey in certain spots, but it'd be difficult to deny this still goes surprisingly hard. The lyrics can be a little basic, but they get a pass for the amount of passion and energy put into them. Favorite tracks: "30 Days", "It's Like That", "Hard Times"

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Great beats that all kind of sound the same and not my favorite lyrics or style of rhyme. But, It's heavily influential on the hip hop I love and listen to regularly so thats worth an extra star. 4/5

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

Good, definitely, but I guess I just don't get why it's great? Very fun though "Calvin Klein's no friend of mine Don't want nobody's name on my behind" is amazing

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Classic!

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

The beats are primitive and the rapping style might be considered a parody if it weren’t the firstly bona fide incantation. Hollis Crew (Krishna-Groove 2) claims “The beat is big, It’s kind of large.” Agree to disagree, but it’s immaterial. I like the rudimentary beats. They fit the whole mood of this album. It feels like a window into the birth of a rap evolution and it is special to be able to witness (listen to) it. Rock Hard is commendable for combining the early 80s rock guitar sound into the rap genre. Wake Up is akin to Lennon’s Imagine, dreaming of a version of reality where all nations and people get along and all people have a job and a home. The album is the antithesis of gangsta rap, it promotes education (It’s Like That) and I didn’t hear disrespect for anyone. This is a big plus. I’m in between ratings, and happily rounding up this time.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

good vibes for a Monday morning i liked listening to this! it was slower than i was expecting but i guess that's just because hip hop has sped up since then.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

I enjoyed it for a start but when it came out this album was a new sound for everyone, maybe groundbreaking. Great album overall.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would tbh. I've always liked Run DMC's singles but was never interested enough to check out their albums. Their flow and beats are very old school, but it's intersting to see the evolution into hard-core hip hop starting here.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Great aggressive raps, sparse beats, some guitar mixed in. I like it.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Just two rappers and electronic percussion. Very dry and staccato, but quite fun to listen to.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

4/5. A really fun and jamming album that discusses politics and controversial topics in a unique way. Some songs do not hit at all but I found myself into it for most of the way through.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

I called Raising Hell somewhat primitive, but it still feels like the best possible version of its sound. Their debut sounds even more ancient, yet oddly still relatively refined. They knew their sound and what they wanted to do, while others would turn hip hop into the force it became since. This is a lot of fun, but I can see how it may not appeal if you don’t like some rock n roll in your rap. B+

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Wed Dec 07 2022
4

Not really my jam but it’s compelling with a beat and you have to appreciate their passion

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Dr: surprised at how sparse this is. Voice and drum machine basically. Just a dream was so wholesome!

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

This album is a certified slapper

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

5/10 liked drum machine/beat; some lyrics didnt like rap flow/style

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Sun Sep 12 2021
3

Old school rap roots that paved the way for a lot of people. In the 80s I’d imagine this was amazing music. To hear it now it seems very rudimentary. I don’t love it but I can respect the talent of what was made. 6.4/10

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Tue Sep 14 2021
3

First Listen. I know and loved RUN-D.M.C. more for their next couple albums. This album has an undeniable style of RUN-D.M.C., just hearing it takes me back to 1984. 3/5.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Heel herkenbare sound, met simpele, repetitieve beats, wat er wel wat voor zorgt dat veel nummers op elkaar lijken

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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

Sounds pretty dated now but still some solid tracks

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Tue Sep 21 2021
3

I know it marks me out as a Hip Hop unsophisticate, but I had a hard time getting into this. The sound was so stripped down and elemental, alongside the uniform rat a tat cadence of the rapping. I appreciate this intellectually but I wouldn’t seek it out.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
3

Style so specific to an era So many samples and everything else, this is foundational for hip-hop 10 years later More social / political than I remember

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

I like it. Dated, but a big deal. Fun. Probably a 2 but I'll give it a 3.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

Important rap album but the combination of funky beats and short back and forth rap isn't my favourite

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

Revolutionary work, but not yet perfected. Lacks hooks to really take the songs further.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

This was much better than their other albums. It was actually fun to listen. I still can't decide if I love or hate the whole let-me-say-word-then-you-say-word.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
3

// Favs: Rock Box Score: Decent to Strong 3

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Whats not to love with RUN DMC!

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

ωραίο, απλό

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Tue Nov 16 2021
3

Rock Box ALL DAY

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Hasn't aged well at all.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Not my usual go-to genre but this was quite enjoyable.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Not the best

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Ich sehe mich schon mit der Boombox durch die Stadt ziehen. Schöner Oldschool Hip Hop der mir sehr viel mehr gefallen hat als Kendrick Lamar. Mit Message und ohne das N-Wort. Leider was den Beat angeht und den Flow aus heutiger Sicht etwas eintönig. Mein Kopf hat genickt

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Stripped back, early hip-hop. Despite not being my favourite genre, hard to not appreciate this.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
3

I'm sure this was pretty groundbreaking at the time of its release. Not my favorite style of music, but I can appreciate it. 3 stars.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Except It's Like That, I was bored, frankly.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Listenable, with a couple of proper standouts - 'Rock Box' absolutely rips - but I'm too distracted by that nursery rhyme delivery particular to so much 1980s hip hop.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

I mean, it's Run DMC. I'll always be a fool for Run DMC. I think a lot of what they do is still pretty tight by modern standards even though the sound is very 80s.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Enjoyed it. Quite samey though I'm not sure I could listen to it over and over without getting tired of the formula. Even two playthroughs was enough for me to 'get it'.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
3

Historically significant but didn't do much for me! Comparing it to Kanye's debut or even Jeru the Damaja's, there's a world of evolution. But gotta respect the ones who did it first. Interesting blend of 80s styles with the shred guitar on some tracks though.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

This is one I really wanted to like, after hearing about its place in hip-hop history. It sounds influencial, but not something I want to add to my listening rotation. It's Like That is the standout favourite.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

I wish I could give it a 3.5, I liked it more than a 3 but not quite a 4. A few songs were bops but I didn't love this as much as I expected to.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
3

Appreciate the rock elements of Run-DMC. Seems so sparse and uncomplicated compared to some modern hip-hop.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Well I have to say if it had Its Tricky on it probably would have added an extra star, but sadly no. However, I did enjoy a lot of this!

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

tof maar niets speciaal

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

it's tricky

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Fun

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Tue Jan 18 2022
3

Seems like a simple fun album, but not really for me. "It's Like That" and "30 Days" my favourite songs on the album.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Realized I'm not a Run-DMC fan after all. Just not my style.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Nothing quite as good as "It's Tricky"

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

I'm not that familiar with hip-hop, but I like the beats here

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

The most important thing to consider whilst I listen to this, is whether it makes me want to eat a raw chicken carcass or not. I have to tell you, it not only makes me want to eat a raw chicken carcass, but it makes me want to eat a raw chicken carcass whilst smothering myself in bbq sauce and squealing like a pig. There isn't any higher praise.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Classic 80's Hip-Hop at its best, "It's Like That" & "Hollis Crew" are standout for me. Yes can see why this is on the list

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Tue Jan 25 2022
3

After the advent of disco rap (and hip-hop in general), it had become stagnant by the early 80's. Enter Run-DMC, specifically with producer Larry Smith who innovated the genre with hard-hitting drums and bombastic, in-your-face MCing. Run DMC also switched up the style of hip-hop, dropping the disco glam of the 70's for cool leather jackets and street sneakers (see: My Adidas). If that's not enough to convince you of this album's importance, I don't know what is. As for the music itself, it's certainly dated by out current standards of hip-hop. Flow is a bit rigid and simple, production is completely 80's with their drum machine sounds and synths, and lyrics are....interesting. For something so ground-breaking and innovative, Run-DMC's debut is well-made, though not a great album by any means. Run-D.M.C. gets a C for effort.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Je sais que ces albums ont aidé à définir le rap tel qu'il est aujourd'hui, mais ce genre de early rap me laisse toujours un drôle de feeling akward.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

I both like and dislike the the 80s rap. I for sure like it better than current rap, but there are plenty of times I find the meter, beats, and rhythms too pedantic.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

A pivotal hip hop record that feels very much like a relic of it's time. The one-word tradeoff raps just feel a little awkward. While the divorce from disco/soul samples opened the door for so many other acts who pushed rap forward, I'm not finding a lot of replay value outside of some of the big hits. It's Like That is a heavy-hitter, though! Favourite tracks: It's Like That, 30 Days, Sucker M.C.'s, Rock Box

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

I found this album a little difficult to get through. I appreciate that it is an important album in pushing the popularity of hip hop into the mainstream but it seemed to lack style and the backing track seems pretty thin. There is not enough there to listen to with out getting tired by the half way point. My introduction to Run DMC was a few albums later when they teamed up with Aerosmith on Walk This Way which pushed Hip Hop further into the mainstream. They were no doubt critical to elevating the genre to the next level which makes this album essential but it hasn't aged well. 3 out of 5 for it's influence.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

Though not my style, i respect it for the time and place and how it was changing/inventing rap music at the time. I don't think the drum machines and production really stand up too well today, but it is still an interesting listen.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
3

It's like that blijft een verrukkelijke plaat. Verder kon ik het ook goed hebben.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Not bad rap

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Seminal but rap has come a long way since then.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

not bad run dmc!

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

run dmc

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

This brings back memories of the older kids break-dancing in the canteen when I was in Year 1.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

I actually missed listening to this album on the day it came up because I was at a conference where I got to see DMC talk about his rise to fame and the resulting mental health issues that he suffered. I'm glad I saw him speak before listening to this again. Hearing him talk about how this album came to be, what his life was like at the time, and how it changed him (and, arguably, music) forever really gives some context and credit to an album that could otherwise seem like a typical, cheesy, 80s rap album.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

This just sounds quaint. After reviewing the Aerosmith record a few days ago, nice to have Run-DMC here as well. I actually really enjoyed this record and the production. The raps seem so obvious that even this white dude can finish the rhymes before hearing them. People must have lost their minds hearing this. That makes me happy. I was two years old. Totally missed it.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Not sure how to rate as i understand this is an album that influenced the whole of rap, so its highly rated in that regard but as an album its self quite basic, im gonna rate based on how much id listen to it again sooo.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
3

Tässä aistii hyvin, että ollaan historiallisen teoksen äärellä. Vaikka vaikea tätä on ihan tosissaan enää kuunnella. Mut edelleen välittyy hyvä fiilis ja on tossa raakuudessa jotain viehättävääkin.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

Loved the music and beats. The actual rapping seemed a bit basic.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

They've definitely got a formula for songwriting. Stand out tracks - Wake up - it's like that -hard times

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

For what it's worth I can see why this album would be influential to hip-hop and to a lesser degree rock/rap hybrids that were to come in the 90s. Half of the songs were enjoyable and fun while the the rest were annoying af. It's Like That, Hard Times and Rock Box were the best of the bunch.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

It's a hiphop classic, and you know where a lot of famous bands got their sounds from. Still, it' decidedly simplistic album, beats wise and lyric wise. Some songs are quite catchy though. Jay's Game, Rock Box and Sucker MC's in particular.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

I mean it’s 1984, it’s raw, it’s audibly simple compared to modern rap, but it’s good.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
3

Apple Music has this under the genre of 'Old School Rap'. Is it Jason Nevin's fault that most of this album sounds like it's playing too slow?

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Tue Apr 19 2022
3

I hate hip hop with a passion. Yet, strangely, I can actually listen to this. It's maybe because modern rappers try too hard to be misogynistic wannabe"gangstas", or the fact that image rules over musical talent nowadays. On this album, I even like the background tracks that display some real talent and craftsmanship, albeit with an 80s vibe, which is an added bonus for me. The dual vocals sound very cool and more badass than any modern artist from the genre could ever pretend to be. So, yeah, a nice surprise here. For me, only one question then remains: When and where did Hip Hop go so wrong? But for this album I'm awarding 3/5.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

This album is so utterly peak 80s. It's not necessarily a bad thing - really kind of a testament to the record; being able to put this on and immediately be transported to middle school (wait...that's a terrible thing) The emergence of Run DMC was the first time a lot of suburban kids heard rap in the mainstream - there was a lot of predictable handwringing for various reasons (some you could guess) but it's just FUN music. "Rock Box" - fit right in with a lot of the early-mid 80s semi-cheesy-but-fun-for-its-own-sake rock music of the time. I like the retroactive simplicity of the beats and rapping - the interplay between Run and DMC is a huge plus. It's a fun listen and this is where so much of everything started - popular music would be completely different if Run DMC never existed. 7/10 3 stars

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Sat Apr 23 2022
3

I’m sure it’s influential, but the delivery is too dated for me. Great instrumentals though.

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Tue May 03 2022
3

1st May 2022 Listened on the drive back from camping with Joe and Adna. Chilled for the rest of the day. Thought I’d be all over this but felt a bit low key. Maybe I didn’t listen in the best of environments but felt like they had 1 backing track and rapped over it for half an hour.

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Tue May 10 2022
3

I wanted to like but it just didn’t get under my skin

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Pretty standard run dmc, at least sucka mcs is on this one

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Mon May 23 2022
3

Absolute pioneers! These guys really were paramount in reshaping hip-hop, and infusing it with rock sounds, which is especially on display with the iconic track "Rock Box". I don't know the proper terms for these things, so I will just say that they make heavy use of the "call and response", "finish each other's sentences", and "you rap one word and then I rap one word" styles. The sparse rapping also gives ample opportunity for the fun beats to shine through. All are certainly products of the time, but enjoyable. This is fun and was truly groundbreaking, but it does understandably feel dated and basic by today's standards. Still, during this album's time, it's impossible to deny the effect and impact these guys had from this debut album.

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Sounds very dated now, but enjoyed this album. Hard Times is a classic, Rock Box signposts their later famous collaboration, and It's Like That is just great.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

This is pretty baseline Rap right? So like, I think the beats and Rhymes are super simple. But these were the dudes, who did it so everyone else could. So it gets points, there but It's still so dated it's kind of hilarious to listen to.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

Genre: East Coast Hip Hop 3/5 A true fossil of what would someday become the world's biggest genre of music, Run-D.M.C.'s self-titled debut album is one of hip-hop's earliest albums of note. Featuring a few hip-hop firsts, Rev Run and D.M.C. casually changed the face of the game in one fell swoop. Rock Box is considered to be the first fusion of rock and rap, and was the first rap song to be played on MTV, as its crossover appeal proved to be massive. It's Like That is also a track cited as a hip-hop firsts, this time being one of the genre's first true "hardcore" tracks, portraying a darker, less-mainstream take on the genre. However, as the tracklist progresses, the one big problem with this project is unfortunately how poorly it has aged. The beats and the bars sound corny and goofy as hell on a few of these. It's clearly primitive, and no one is expecting one of the first hip-hop classics to be perfect, but the overall unintentional silliness is too much to ignore. Overall, this is clearly an essential listen, but don't expect to hear polish. This is a rough draft that not only Run-D.M.C. would build upon, but an entire generation would build upon.

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Sat Jun 18 2022
3

extremely influential but also very outdated

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Really liked Rock Box, most of the rapping was too slow, nothing as good as "Tricky" on this album.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

You can hear the influence of this album in decades of hip hop after this was released which is so cool. Beats are solid, just more repetitive which made the album overall less interesting.

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