Old School Mondays:: Run-DMC & Jam Master Jay

I was looking through some old mixtapes last night for OSM inspiration purposes, when I found an intriguing one. Blank label on Side A, the label on the B side said “Run-DMC & Jam Master Jay”. I popped it in and then pumped it up to find out the deal, and it is indeed an ancient Run-DMC mix I made ages ago.

 

So why the mysterious blank label on the A Side? Why the interesting inclusion of Jam Master Jay in the B Side title? Like most hip hop fans from that era, I always admired Jay as a pioneering DJ and producer, and of course I was completely gutted by his senseless murder, but it seems strange that I chose that title instead of just like “Run-DMC Mix” or some such. Perhaps I was a bigger JMJ fan than I remember, or perhaps I was subconsciously foreshadowing the mythic stature he would attain after his death, I have no idea. Saying that title reminds me of the end of Hit It Run, so perhaps I just loved that song (not as much as Don Cornelius, who introduces it as “Hit & Run” in this amazing clip).

 

Either way, listening to the mix got me in a Run-DMC state of mind, and so that mix became the inspiration for today’s OSM. And why not really, I mean is there anyone who doesn’t at least like Run-DMC on some level? Seems impossible, I’ve always been a huge fan, and remain so today. Sure, they are not the most complex MC’s ever to do it, but they have so many amazing, memorable songs, and so many things about them were so original and influential for the time, that you don’t need me to tell you that their place in hip hop history is secure.

 

So then, we’ll go with the popular, “first 5 songs off this mixtape I found” style of OSM I’ve done in the recent past, this time with a Run-DMC twist. I have no idea when I made this mix, but I’ll give past-Shane some kudos for doing a decent job despite not having the endless resources of the internet available to him. It opens, appropriately, with the classical boom bap of Sucker MC’s, which is annotated with “(Krush Groove 1)” which is a little funny considering it’s listed after “Hollis Crew (Krush-Groove 2)” (Krush Groove of course later becoming the name of the infamous 1985 film, and presumably inspired by Run-DMC associate “Orange Krush” who is mentioned in Sucker MC’s and listed as their debut’s “producer”). That’s way too much waffle about the first song, considering everyone knows these songs inside & out, so the next four are It’s Tricky, King Of Rock, Mary, Mary, and Peter Piper. Enjoy, and of course, R.I.P. Jam Master Jay.

 

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MP3:: Run-DMC - Sucker MC’s

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MP3:: Run-DMC - It’s Tricky

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MP3:: Run-DMC - King Of Rock

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MP3:: Run-DMC - Mary Mary

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MP3:: Run-DMC - Peter Piper

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