#ThrowbackThursday: RunDMC & Aerosmith Make History In 1986 With "Walk This Way"

publish date: 2019-07-04
source: hiphopdx


July 4, 1986 – During the recording sessions for Run-DMC's third album Raising Hell, Def Jam Recordings mastermind Rick Rubin pulled out a copy of Aerosmith's 1975 magnum opus, Toys In The Attic. Although they had freestyled over snippets of the track before, it was the first time Rev Run and Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels had heard the song in full.
Like the seasoned DJ he was, Jam Master Jay heard potential in Rubin's suggestion to do a remake — even though DMC and Run weren't initially on board. Not only did they wind up doing the remake, they also recruited Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and the rest of the group to collaborate on a the now-classic video.
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