It's Like That (Run–D.M.C. song)

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"It's Like That"
Single by Run–D.M.C.
from the album Run-D.M.C.
B-side "Sucker M.C.'s"
Released March 12, 1983
Format Cassette single, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1983
Genre Golden age hip hop
Length 4:51 (7")
7:25 (12")
4:10 (1997 Jason Nevins remix)
Label Profile Records
Writer(s) Darryl McDaniels, Joseph Simmons, Larry Smith
Producer(s) Russell Simmons, Larry Smith
Certification

4x Platinum (RIAA)

2x Platinum (BPI)[1]
Run–D.M.C. singles chronology
"It's Like That"
(1983)
"Hard Times"
(1983)
On a black cover, a red early Run-DMC logo is above "vs Jason Nevins" in yellow graffiti font. The single title is in red in a smaller, plain all caps print below.
The cover of the 1997 Jason Nevins remix
Run-D.M.C track listing
"Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)"
(5)
"It's Like That"
(6)
"Wake Up"
(7)

"It's Like That" is a song by American hip hop group Run–D.M.C. It was first released in 1983 on a cassette backed with the track "Sucker M.C.'s". The release marked the start of Run-D.M.C.'s career and is widely regarded as ushering in a new school of hip hop artists with a street image and an abrasive, minimalist sound that marked them out from their predecessors. Both tracks were collected on the trio's eponymous debut album in 1984. "It's like That" is about life in the area where the group lives (unemployment, prices, death, etc.). Despite protesting those social and political problems, the song takes on a hopeful message encouraging listeners to abandon prejudice and to believe in themselves. In 2001, parts of the song was sampled in Jagged Edge's Let's Get Married (Remix) Featuring Run-D.M.C. the single was an international success.

In 2008, it was ranked number 40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs.[2]

Background[edit]

In the re-release of the album in 2003, a booklet was included, and a reviewer, Angus Batey, wrote the background information about the album. When he wrote about "It's like That", he quoted:

[Larry] Smith had created one particularly stark backing track that would provide a perfect setting for rap. He was aware of Run's prowess as a writer, having previously paid the teenager $100 for a set of lyrics with the intention of [Kurtis] Blow recording them. One evening, in Smith's home studio in Queens, Run and D persuaded Larry and Russell [Simmons] to let them have a chance to make a demo. Russell agreed; taking Run's $100 rap and extensive additional lines penned by the prolific DMC, Russell doled it out line by line between the two vocalists, who sprayed their lyrics over the stark beat onto tape. 'It's Like That' became the band's debut single, stridently announcing that a new era began.

The song was mixed by Kurtis Blow and Elai Tubo.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles[3] 15

Jason Nevins version[edit]

In 1997, a new version by DJ Jason Nevins was released. The remix topped the charts in many countries, including the United Kingdom, where it stayed at the summit for six weeks and became Britain's third biggest-selling single of 1998. Elsewhere, it also topped the chart in Australia, where it remains their only top five hit there. The music video for the remix featured a male and a female breakdance crew battling each other in a breakdance battle in which the females ultimately win. It is interesting to note the similarities in choreography and theme when comparing the Run–D.M.C. video of "It's Like That" with the video by Shannon and her hit single, "Let the Music Play" (also released in 1983), an example of which can be found on YouTube here.

In the United Kingdom, Nevin's remix gained notoriety for breaking the Spice Girls' run of consecutive number one hits on the UK Singles Chart, keeping their song "Stop" from claiming the top spot.[4]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

The song was featured in the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Scarface: The World Is Yours. The Jason Nevins Remix is featured as a playable track in SingStar Dance for the PlayStation Move. The remix was also featured in a Fanta commercial where people and objects bounce around by drinking the soda given by a DJ while the song plays.

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Preceded by
"My Heart Will Go On" by Céline Dion
UK Singles Chart number-one single
March 15, 1998 – April 25, 1998
Succeeded by
"All That I Need" by Boyzone