It's Like That (Run–D.M.C. song)  

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"It's like That" is a hip hop song performed by Run-D.M.C.. It first appeared in 1983 on a cassette backed with the track "Sucker M.C.'s". The song marked the start of Run-D.M.C.'s career and was the debut single on the trio's eponymous debut album. The song is about life in the area where the group lives (unemployment, prices, death, etc).

In 2008, it was ranked number 40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.


In the re-release of the album in 2003, a booklet was included, and a reviewer, Angus Batey, wrote the background information about the album. When he wrote about "It's like That", he quoted:

[Larry] Smith had created one particularly stark backing track that would provide a perfect setting for rap. He was aware of Run's prowess as a writer, having previously paid the teenager $100 for a set of lyrics with the intention of Blow recording them. One evening, in Smith's home studio in Queens, Run and D persuaded Larry and Russell [Simmons] to let them have a chance to make a demo. Russell agreed; taking Run's $100 rap and extensive additional lines penned by the prolific DMC, Russell doled it out line by line between the two vocalists, who sprayed their lyrics over the stark beat onto tape. It's Like That became the band's debut single, stridently announcing that a new era began.


In 1997, a remixed version by DJ Jason Nevins was released in Continental Europe, and this would top the charts in many countries and finally top the UK chart in 1998 which at the same time ended the Spice Girls run of six No1 hits and remain there for six weeks. Despite its popularity, Nevins only got paid the standard flat-rate fee. The music video for the remix featured two rival breakdance crews battling each other in a breakdance battle in which the females ultimately win.

Popular Culture

The song is featured in a popular YouTube video called 'Roots of Breakdance'[1] by user SBuitenhuis. The video was featured on

This song was also in the video game "GTA: Vice City Stories".

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