It's Tricky

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"It's Tricky"
Single by Run–D.M.C.
from the album Raising Hell
B-side Proud to Be Black
Released February 8, 1987
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1986
Genre Hip hop, rap rock
Length 3:03
Label Profile Records
Writer(s) Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Doug Fieger, Berton Averre
Producer(s) Rick Rubin, Run–D.M.C.
Run–D.M.C. singles chronology
"You Be Illin'"
(1986)
"It's Tricky"
(1987)
"Christmas In Hollis"
(1987)

"It's Tricky" is the final single released from Run–D.M.C.'s third album, Raising Hell. It was released late in 1986 through Profile Records and was co-produced by Rick Rubin and the group themselves. The song peaked at No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 21 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. In the UK, the song made #16 on the UK Singles Chart upon its original release and #74 in 1998, while the Jason Nevins remix of their song "It's Like That" spent its fifth week at #1.[1] Two decades after the song's release, The Knack sued Run-D.M.C. on the grounds "It's Tricky" sampled their song "My Sharona" without permission.[2]

Single track listing[edit]

  1. "It's Tricky" – 3:02
  2. "Proud to Be Black" – 3:14

Music video[edit]

The music video features Penn and Teller, who are hustling a group of people with a game of three-card Monte in front of the Rialto Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Run–D.M.C. are called and shut their business down by winning every hand they play. Penn then asks the group if they can teach them to dance, which they do after insisting that Penn and Teller change their clothes. The video ends with Run–D.M.C. showing up to a gig in Japan six months later, where they find the duo impersonating them; unable to tell the difference, the concert promoters deny Run–D.M.C. the chance to perform.

Cover versions[edit]

The Bloodhound Gang covered the song on their second album One Fierce Beer Coaster.

Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 2007 video game Alvin and the Chipmunks. In this version, they changed the lyric "coke and lots of dope" to "sweets and lots of treats."

The German punk band Itchy Poopzkid covered the song on their fourth album Lights Out London. They released the cover as the third single from the album.

Jackyl covered the song on their 2012 studio album Best in Show.

A big beat remix of the song was released by English dance producer DJ Fresh in March 2014 for use in a TV advert for streaming service Blinkbox Music.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in the 1998 film Can't Hardly Wait, the 2000 film Road Trip, the 2002 film The Hot Chick, the 2003 film Malibu's Most Wanted, the 2004 film White Chicks, the 2004 film Friday Night Lights, the 2010 film The Bounty Hunter the 2011 film Jack and Jill, and the 2013 animated film Turbo. Many TV shows have used it as well, including Family Guy, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, One Tree Hill, American Idol, Undeclared, Suburgatory, and The Goldbergs.

The video game SSX Tricky takes its name from the song, using the K-Rec remix as its theme music. When players land big tricks, the game plays a sample from the song. A different, dubstep-based remix by Colorado based producer Pretty Lights appears in the 2012 SSX series reboot.

Many arenas play the song in the NHL from the first chorus onward when a player scores a hat trick.[citation needed] The song is played at Yankee Stadium when New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is up at bat.[citation needed]

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