Today In Hip-Hop: Run DMC Releases “Walk This Way” Featuring Aerosmith

On this day, July 4, in hip-hop history…  1986: Up and coming record producer, Rick Rubin, pulledout a vinyl record of a semi popular rock band named Aerosmith, and showed this to his then loosely managed musical colleagues, Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell and recommended they do a rendition of their critically acclaimed song “Walk This Way.” Astonishingly enough, neither Run nor DMC even knew who Aerosmith were and initially declined to remake the track, although Jam Master Jay was receptive to the idea. After much prodding and persuading, Rubin’s diligence paid off, and on July 4, 1986 Run DMC released “Walk This Way,” what happened next is legendary. The single peaked at number 4 on the Billboard ...

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