Run-D.M.C. (album)  

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Run–D.M.C. is the eponymous debut album of the influential hip hop group Run–D.M.C.. Produced in 1984, it was considered groundbreaking for its time, presenting a harder, more aggressive form of hip hop.

The album's stark electronic beats and aggressive rhymes were in sharp contrast with the light, funky sound that was popular in hip hop at the time. The album was reissued as a "Deluxe Edition" in 2005 with four bonus tracks.



In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums, and is the earliest hip-hop album to be a classic, having many top reviews from professional music reviewers, including the earliest hip-hop album to have a 5-mic rating from The Source.

In 1989, the album was ranked #51 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 greatest albums of the 1980s". In 2003, the album was ranked number 240 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Uncut (11/03, p.130) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Run–DMC made everything else in the Live Aid era sound lame and tame."

Track listing

Original release

  1. "Hard Times" – 3:52
  2. "Rock Box" – 5:30
  3. "Jam-Master Jay" – 3:11
  4. "Hollis Crew (Krush-Groove 2)" – 3:12
  5. "Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)" – 3:09
  6. "It's like That" – 4:50
  7. "Wake Up" – 5:31
  8. "30 Days" – 5:47
  9. "Jay's Game" – 4:25

Deluxe Edition bonus tracks

  1. "Rock Box (B-Boy Mix)" – 5:52
  2. "Here We Go [Live at the Funhouse]" – 4:06
  3. "Sucker M.C.'s (Live at Graffiti Rock)" – 3:25
  4. "Russell & Larry Running at the Mouth" – 4:37



Additional musicians

Technical Staff

Later samples

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