Run DMC — Tougher Than Leather (180g)
180-Gram Vinyl + Digital Download
By 1988 there was a lot more competition in the rap game — Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. & Rakim, Ice-T and many more had given Hollis, Queens’ prodigal sons lots of competition. But Joe, Darryl and Jay were still at the top of their game, and hip-hop fans should never let this classic get lost in their crates. For starters, the album’s first single, “Run’s House” b/w “Beats To The Rhyme” is arguably the most powerful one-two punch of the trio’s career, showing contenders to the rap throne that they could still destroy a beat, tag-teaming with power at any speed. Not to be lost in the shuffle, fans were also reminded on both sides that Jam-Master Jay remained one of the world’s best DJs, flexing the pinnacle of what would be called “turntablism” a decade later. Tougher Than Leather, which went platinum up against a lot of competition, perfectly bookends the ’80s output of one of the decade’s most important groups. It encompasses the full range of the trio’s capabilities and reminds us that Run-DMC should never be forgotten as both pioneers and party-rockers. And so, we say, long live Joe, Darryl and Jay!
Label: Arista Records;Legacy;Profile
- <strong>Side 1:</strong><br><ol><br> <li>Run’s House</li> <li>Mary, Mary</li> <li>They Call Us Run DMC</li> <li>Beats To The Rhyme</li> <li>Radio Station</li> <li>Papa Crazy</li></ol><br><strong>Side 2:</strong><br><ol><br> <li>Tougher Than Leather</li> <li>I’m Not Going Out Like That</li> <li>How’d Ya Do It Dee</li> <li>Miss Elaine</li> <li>Soul To Rock And Roll</li> <li>Ragtime</li></ol>