Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Run DMC – It’s Like That


322 – Run D.M.C. – It’s Like That (1984)
Written by Darryl McDaniels, Joseph Simmons and Larry Smith
Produced by Russell Simmons and Larry Smith
Label – Profile

“It’s Like That” is a game changer, in that it moved the emphasis of hip hop to instrumental minimalism and simplified booming beats which made the cross-over to house music logical. The gritty realism and yet hopeful message of the lyrics counteracted all the rap artists that were bemoaning social ills with little thought for progress. The Jason Nevins re-mix that reached the top of the charts in 1999 is just as good as the original, a loyal tribute to a tremendous song.

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