It's Like That (Run-D.M.C. song)

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"It's Like That"
It's Like That (Run–D.M.C. song).jpg
Single by Run-DMC
from the album Run-D.M.C.
B-side"Sucker M.C.'s"
Released10 August 1983
FormatCassette single, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded1983
GenreGolden age hip hop
Length4:51 (7")
7:25 (12")
LabelProfile Records
Songwriter(s)Darryl McDaniels, Joseph Simmons, Larry Smith
Producer(s)Russell Simmons, Larry Smith
Run-DMC singles chronology
"It's Like That"
(1983)
"Hard Times"
(1983)

"It's Like That" is the debut single by American hip hop group Run-DMC.

It was first released in 1983 on a cassette backed with the track "Sucker M.C.'s". The release marked the start of Run-DMC'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-DMC. The single was an international success.

The song was remixed by house DJ Jason Nevins in 1997. His version was originally released in 1997 on 10" vinyl in the U.S., and became a sleeper hit in 1998. It sold around five million copies worldwide, placing it amongst the biggest selling singles of all time.

In 2008, it was ranked number 40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs.[1]

Background[edit]

In the re-release of the album in 2004, 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 stated:

[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.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Darryl McDaniels, Joe Simmons and Larry Smith.

12" Profile - PRO-7019 (US)
  1. "It's Like That" - 7:25
  2. "Sucker M.C.'s (Krush Groove 1)" - 3:15
  3. "It's Like That (Instrumental)" - 7:10
  4. "Sucker M.C.'s (Krush Groove 1) (Instrumental)" - 3:05

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles[2] 15

Jason Nevins version[edit]

"It's Like That"
Run DMC Jason Nevins - Its Like That single cover.jpg
Single by Run-DMC vs. Jason Nevins
Released10 July 1997 (1997-07-10)
FormatCD single
Recorded1997
GenreHip house
Length4:10
Songwriter(s)Darryl McDaniels, Joseph Simmons, Larry Smith
Producer(s)Russell Simmons, Larry Smith, Jason Nevins
Run-DMC vs. Jason Nevins singles chronology
"Can I Get It, Yo"
(1993)
"It's Like That"
(1997)
"It's Tricky"
(1998)

In 1997, a new version by American producer Jason Nevins was released. The Nevins version topped the pop charts in many countries, including the United Kingdom, where it stayed at the top 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.

In the United Kingdom, Nevins 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.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the remix featured male vs. female breakdance crews battling each other. The video was shot in downtown LA in 1998 after the song became a hit in Europe.[4] Jason is in the beginning of the video wearing his 'well known yellow tinted glasses' and holding a boom box.

Track listing[edit]

CD maxi

  1. "It's Like That" (Drop The Break - Radio Edit) - 4:09
  2. "It's Like That" (Jason's Battle Blaster) - 8:21
  3. "It's Like That" (Drop The Break) - 8:20

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 version 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. The TV series GLOW used the song as a break dancing spin to one of their wrestling matches.

The remix version also appears on the soundtrack for the 2017 film T2: Trainspotting.

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