Song of the Day #4,952: ‘It’s Like That’ – Run-D.M.C.

My look back at 1984 has been pretty heavy on rock music so far, but the year also saw the release of at least one pioneering rap album.

Run-D.M.C.’s self-titled debut was one of the first new-school hip-hop albums, replacing the disco-influenced tracks of the late 70s and early 80s with spare tracks driven by staccato drum machines and more aggressive rhyming. You can hear the seeds of both Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys on this record.

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