FLASHBACK: 1986 - Aerosmith & Run-DMC "Walk This Way"

Flashback to 1986 when, while working on Raising Hell, producer Rick Rubin pulled out Aerosmith's "Toys in the Attic" (an album they freestyled over) and explained to Run-DMC who Aerosmith were. They had performed with this song before, but only using first few seconds of the song on a loop, not knowing what the full song sounded like, or even hearing the lyrics. While having no idea who Aerosmith were at that time, Rubin suggested remaking the song. Neither Run nor DMC liked the idea at the time however Jam Master Jay was open to it. They didn't want the record to be released as a single even after recording with Aerosmith and were shocked when it was played all over the radio, on both urban and rock stations. Later, however, Run-DMC covered the song. DMC called it "a beautiful thing." This version of "Walk This Way" charted higher on the Billboard Hot 100 than the original version, peaking at number 4. It was also one of the first big hip hop singles in the UK, reaching a peak of number 8 there.

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