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Album Review

At the end of 1986, Raising Hell was rap's best-selling album up to that point, though it would soon be outsold by the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill. Profile Records hoped that Run-D.M.C.'s fourth album, Tougher Than Leather, would exceed the Beastie Boys' quintuple-platinum status, but unfortunately, the group's popularity had decreased by 1988. One of Run-D.M.C.'s strong points — its love of rock & roll — was also its undoing in hip-hop circles. Any type of crossover success tends to be viewed suspiciously in the hood, and hardcore hip-hoppers weren't overly receptive to "Miss Elaine," "Papa Crazy," "Mary, Mary," and other rap-rock delights found on the album. Thanks largely to rock fans, this album did go platinum for sales exceeding one million copies — which ironically, Profile considered a disappointment. But the fact is that while Tougher Than Leather isn't quite as strong as Run-D.M.C.'s first three albums, it was one of 1988's best rap releases.

Customer Reviews

Harry "O"

U can't beat RUN-DMC. "BEATS TO THE RHYME IS THE NAME OF THIS JAM" They can't be touched. We miss u JAM-MASTER J. RUN-DMC #1

Why, couldn't I grow up when there was real music

I'm 18 right now and 2012 and I honestly, love listening to Run DMC, Shelia E.'s, Fat Boys, Skinny boys, Michael Jackson of course and all of the real music from the 80's and below there's about a hand full of rappers in this generations that I like and one of them is Rev Run's son Diggy Simmons. I listen to Slim Shady, and like four more people and that does not include Lil' Wayne.

I love this music it's full of life, non agressive and they rap like they have some sense. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong gernerations, but I see even me being born as a 90's baby, I still have real taste in music. My family say I have an old soul, but I think I just know real music when I hear it.

Yeah!!!!!

They're the best rappers... ever!

Tougher Than Leather (Bonus Track Version), Run-DMC
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