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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

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.

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


They're the best rappers... ever!


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

More than any other hip-hop group, Run-D.M.C. are responsible for the sound and style of the music. As the first hardcore rap outfit, the trio set the sound and style for the next decade of rap. With their spare beats and excursions into heavy metal samples, the trio were tougher and more menacing than their predecessors Grandmaster Flash and Whodini. In the process, they opened the door for both the politicized rap of Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions, as well as the hedonistic gangsta fantasies...
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