It's Tricky

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"It's Tricky"
Its Tricky.jpg
Single by Run-DMC
from the album Raising Hell
B-side"Proud to Be Black"
ReleasedFebruary 8, 1987
FormatVinyl
Recorded1985
Genre
Length3:03
LabelProfile
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Run-DMC singles chronology
"You Be Illin'"
(1986)
"It's Tricky"
(1987)
"Christmas In Hollis"
(1987)

"It's Tricky" is the fourth and final single released from Run-DMC's third album, Raising Hell. It was released early in 1987 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 No. 16 on the UK Singles Chart upon its original release and No. 74 upon being remixed by Jason Nevins in 1998, while Nevins' remix of their song "It's Like That" spent its fifth week at No. 1.[1] Nevins' remix, "(It's) Tricky", achieved top 40 peaks elsewhere in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.[2] Two decades after the song's release, The Knack sued Run-DMC on the grounds "It's Tricky" sampled their song "My Sharona" without permission.[3]

The song is used in the promotional clip for the FX television series Snowfall, which began airing in July 2017.[4] The original song appeared in the movies Road Trip and The Bounty Hunter and in the video games SSX Tricky, WWE 2K16 and Forza Horizon 3.

Sampling[edit]

The song contains samples of "My Sharona" by The Knack, as well as the entire vocal structure from "Mickey" by Toni Basil. The Knack sued Run-DMC over the track in 2006, and the lawsuit was settled out of court.[5][6][7]

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-DMC 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-DMC 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-DMC the chance to perform.

Track listing[edit]

7-inch

  • A. "It's Tricky" – 3:02
  • B. "Proud to Be Black" – 3:14

12-inch

  • A1. "It's Tricky" (Club Mix) – 7:19
  • A2. "Up Tempo" – 2:35
  • B1. "It's Tricky" (Remix) – 4:31
  • B2. "It's Tricky" (Scratchapella) – 3:51
  • B3. "Tricky Reprise" – 2:54
  • B4. "Proud to Be Black" – 3:14

Charts[edit]

Original version[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 28
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 57
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[11] 21

Jason Nevins remix[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 15
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[13] 25
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[14] 31
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[15] 1
France (SNEP)[16] 98
Germany (Official German Charts)[17] 23
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[18] 34
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 5
Norway (VG-lista)[20] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 30
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 22
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[1] 74

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Run DMC: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Australian-charts.com – Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins – (It's) Tricky". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  3. ^ ""My Sharona" Writers Sue Run DMC For Sampling "It's Tricky"". Chartattack.com. September 18, 2006. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
  4. ^ Jeng, Jonah (May 11, 2017). "FX Crack Cocaine Drama Snowfall Receives Two Exuberant New Promos". Paste. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  5. ^ It's Tricky - Run-D.M.C.
  6. ^ Whosampled.com analysis
  7. ^ Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling
    "I just changed the chorus around and we just talked about how this rap business can be tricky to a brother."
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Run DMC – It's Tricky". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "Run DMC: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  10. ^ "Run DMC Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  11. ^ "Run DMC Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins – (It's) Tricky" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins – (It's) Tricky" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins – (It's) Tricky" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  15. ^ "Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins: (It's) Tricky" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins – (It's) Tricky" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  17. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins – (It's) Tricky". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins – (It's) Tricky" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  19. ^ "Charts.nz – Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins – (It's) Tricky". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  20. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins – (It's) Tricky". VG-lista. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins – (It's) Tricky". Singles Top 100. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins – (It's) Tricky". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved May 27, 2019.

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