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Run-D.M.C [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Run D.M.C. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Sep 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Profile
  • ASIN: B00000J7IO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hard Times
2. Rock Box
3. Jam-Master Jay
4. Hollis Crew (Krush-Groove 2)
5. Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)
6. It's Like That
7. Wake Up
8. 30 Days
9. Jay's Game

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"Rock Box" from Run-D.M.C.'s debut, pretty much says it all. A rap song with heavy-metal guitar riffs, it announced a new era by denouncing what had come before, in both word and deed. The rhyme "Cuz Calvin Klein's no friend of mine /Don't want nobody's name on my behind" dismissed the usual exhortations about zodiac signs and designer clothing. "Just snap your fingers and clap your hands / Our DJ's better than all these bands" is as telling: Instead of recording with a band, like the Sugarhill Gang and Kurtis Blow before them, Run- D.M.C. were the first to use only a beat box and a DJ--the way the music originated, on the streets of Harlem and the Bronx. The first rap album released as such (and not merely as a collection of 12-inch singles), it was also the first rap release to certify platinum. With classics like "It's Like That", "Hard Times", "Sucker M.C.'s" and "30 Days", this album is nothing short of revolutionary. --Suzanne McElfresh

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The group that kicked open the door for hip hop 15 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
This was arguably the first landmark rap album ever produced. I say arguably as one must also consider Bambaataa's Planet Rock and Wild Style, but this is effectively ground zero of hardcore rap posturing and the b-boy braggadocio that came to define rap as a viable musical form. Yes, Messrs. Run, DMC and Jam-Master Jay would be quickly overtaken by late 80s rap legends like Public Enemy, NWA, the Juice Crew and so on, but none of them could have done it without these guys. If your starting out in hip hop, you can do no better than to start here. If you think you don't like hip hop, that its stale derivative ghetto themes bore you, get this and witness how awesome this art-form once was. Truly the kings of rap and rock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hip Hop Record 3 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Released in 1983. It is quite possibly the best Hip Hop record released in the first half of the 1980's. At least until there own 'Raising Hell' 1986. All tracks are good, though Highlights are Rock Box, Sucker Mc's and Hollis Crew.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Original 20 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
I love Run DMC they invented rap/rock and the first and best example was Rock Box which kicks *ss. This has also got It's Like That on it, but the original isn't as good as the Jason Nevins remix.
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2 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Hip-Hop Act makes a Poor hip-hop album 5 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Sure Run DMC were one of the best acts in Hip-Hop but like everything,it fades,this album is Mediocre to say the least,If your new to Hip-Hop,get the Chronic by Dre
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5.0 out of 5 stars The impact this record had on hip-hop is undeniable! 2 Jan 2000
By Tyfoon - Published on
Format:Audio CD
There were three records that changed hip-hop forever. Those records were Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back", NWA's "Straight Outta Compton" and Run-DMC's self-entitled debut. The 12-inch "Sucker MC's" was a revolutionary song and a major breakthrough. Before Run-DMC, hip-hop had only been straight party-music, but when "Sucker MC's" arrived, all you heard was two voices and a drum, squashing wack rappers at the spot. Run-DMC was hip-hop's first supergroup, and they were straight ripping it. If there was only three records that deserved 5 stars, then it would be the three mentioned above.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Albums Ever Recorded in any Genre 14 July 2000
By Gregory Bravo - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those rare albums that not only started a true music revolution, but has stood the test of time as one of the greatest albums ever recorded. That is a bold statement, and I don't make it lightly given all the great music (both rap and otherwise) that has been recorded over the last 100 years.
What makes this album so great? Let me see if I can help you understand that.
First, of course, there is the pure genius of innovation. Sure, there was the Sugarhill Gang, and even that Blondie song before "Run-DMC," but they were just preparing the way for the true "Kings of Rock." From the first cut ("Hard Times,") with it's spare, unadorned beats and lyrical flow, in such contrast to the full disco/band rapping of the Sugarhill Gang and others of that time, through the live, powerful guitar of "Rock Box," through the scratching wizardry of "Jam-Master Jay" and "Jay's Game" (an underappreciated mix,) and the urban story songs "It's Like That" and "Wake Up," to the suble comedy of "30 Days," we see innovation in every cut. Before "scratching" and "DJ-ing" became "MTV Beach Party" staples, these guys were doing it/inventing it on the streets of Hollis, Queens. If you listen to any current MTV fare, you can hear straight flow from this album appropriated by such artists as Kid Rock and Everclear; if you ever see kids wearing shell-toe Adidas, you can thank Run-DMC. They started a music revolution and a cultural revolution with this album.
Besides the technical innovations, though, the MESSAGES on the album are as innovative as the flow, and, for me, make this one of the truly great albums. They rap about the grit of the streets, but always in a way that provides hope to the listener. From "Hard Times": "Hard Times are coming to your town, stay alert, don't let them get you down... B-B-B Beatin' Hard Times, that is my theme. Hard Times in life, hard times in death, I'm gonna keep on fighting til my very last breath." From "It's Like That": "When you really think about it, times aren't that bad... stop playing, start praying, you won't be sad."
One of the greatest disappointments that I've had is that, unfortunately, Run-DMC are no longer innovators, nor even very good. Everything went downhill after "Raising Hell," and for the very reasons that make "Run-DMC" a seminal album. They fell under the influence of sampling, gangster rap, and the negative vibe. Run-DMC, on some of the later albums, even had the gall to sample themselves! Sampling is not innovation. I loved "Darryl and Joe" the first time, but not the second, third, and fourth times, chopped up into bits on their later albums! The positive vibe dropped in most of the albums after "Raising Hell," with the N-word coming in again and again (among others) in an attempt, I guess, to show they were "hard." Finally, the low point in the history of Run-DMC: The latest video with Run and the WWF Wrestling Crew destroying cars with baseball bats.
Hey Darryl and Joe: Whatever happened to "Live Positive Forever and Ever"???
Despite all the mistakes they've made since, losing their original vision and being influenced by the negative vibe, Run-DMC still made one of the greatest albums of all time in "Run-DMC".
Buy it today to hear what great was.
Sigh in disgust at what might have been.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hail to the king 7 Dec 2004
By liveon14887 - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Gold chains, Kangols and leather jackets, Run DMC made it very clear that they were not into the style of space odyssey like Afrika Bambaataa or the street-glam fashion of Grandmaster Flash. Nor did these Hollis crew kids buy into the early hip-hop/rap chemistry that stressed 12-inch singles over full lengthed albums.

Run DMC's Run DMC is easily and simply hip-hop's first classic album. It set the stylistic and musical proocedure for future rap releases. The ruthless but classic Sucker MC's became a shocking revolution during hip-hop's earlier years while Rock Box was the first ever hip-hop track to feature guitars over hip-hop tracks.

Both Run and DMC had ruthless and tough-minded lyrics that were very versatile, whether it was reporting harsh realities of life (Hard Times) or hailing their DJ as the world's best (Jam Master Jay). But this was only the beginning for the three kids, who would soon turn into living legends, in reality and mentally.

R.I.P. Jam Master Jay, your presence is truly missed by the many.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Finu Lanu: Kid Without Street Cred loves this one! 1 Oct 2007
By finulanu - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Okay, first let me say that I don't even listen to rap. I'm a dorky suburban white kid who spends his spare time chilling to Miles Davis, writing crappy poems, sharing said poems with friends, who show me poems of their own, which are usually much better, and setting those poems to a piano melody. I don't get out much. I couldn't tell Jay-Z from Snoop Dogg. As my entire school learned at Homecoming, I cannot dance, and I cannot get funky. And here I am telling you to buy this as soon as possible. It's just that good! Part of the reason why I like this so much is because it's got rock in it. "Rock Box" and "Hard Times" mix Run and DMC's deft rap skills with blazing riffs. And the just plain rap songs are just as good: "Sucker M.C.'s", loaded with clever rhymes, ties with the socially conscience "It's Like That" (almost an '80s "Inner City Blues") as my favorite rap ever. And DJ Jam-Master Jay provides fascinating rhythms and turntable stuff ("Hollis Crew"; "Jam-Master Jay"; "Jay's Game"). By the way, Jam-Master Jay's murder embodies everything I don't like about the modern hip-hop culture: it's descended into petty record company feuding taken to the extreme, and sadly embodied on many of today's rap hits - part of the reason why I don't really listen to the genre. Dr. Dre's influence was a very bad one. So, right, no more soapboxing. For the record, the late Jam Master played bass, drums, and keyboards on this one - live drums too, not your stupid fake drum-machine crap. I hate drum machines! Except for Prince drum machines, that is. Anyway, a lot of other songs have plenty to say, including the funky, idealistic "Wake Up", an ode to peace that blows the living crap out of today's "gang-banger" hits and is one of the weaker songs on this album. Can you believe that? 50 Cent could never dream of writing a song that good, and this is one of my least favorite cuts on the record. Does that give you any idea of how essential this album is, even if you don't like rap? "Thirty Days" is probably the worst cut overall, and even then it's got a great keyboard part. I just love this album and then some. I've heard maybe seven rap albums (and two were atrocious Eminem efforts), and this is the best of them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FORGET ALL THE "FIRST RAP ALBUM STUFF", this is pure GOLD! 16 Jan 2006
By George - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The sound is incredible, its like they are in your crib rhymin' --

EXCELLENT REMASTERING!!! Wow, I can't say enough about it.

The songs still sound great over twenty years later and have more to say in one song than you can find on a whole rap album today!

Please do yourself a favor and get their first three albums instead of the Greatest Hits. Please, please, please...please?



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