Too many people sleep on Tougher Than Leather, Run-DMC's fourth album. But hear us out as we plead the case for this amazing LP.
By 1988 there was a lot more competition in the rap game – Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. & Rakim, Ice-T and many more had given Hollis, Queens' prodigal sons lots of competition. But Joe, Darryl and Jay were still at the top of their game, and hip-hop fans should never let this classic – chiefly produced by their Queens neighbor, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Davy D[MX] – get lost in their crates.
For starters, the album's first single, "Run's House" b/w "Beats To The Rhyme" is arguably the most powerful one-two punch of the trio's career, showing contenders to the rap throne that they could still destroy a beat, tag-teaming with power at any speed.
|A3||They Call Us Run-D.M.C.||2:56|
|A4||Beats To The Rhyme||2:43|
|B1||Tougher Than Leather||4:20|
|B2||I'm Not Going Out Like That||4:54|
|B3||How'd Ya Do It Dee||3:20|
|B5||Soul To Rock And Roll||2:17|