Producer: Russell Simmons, Larry Smith
Album: Run–D.M.C.
Label: Profile

Often credited with ushering in the new era of rap music, Run-D.M.C. were revolutionary from the moment they dropped this gem. Produced by Jam Master Jay, Russell Simmons, and Larry Smith, this was an abrasive anthem for the bubbling new hip-hop community that was ready to address what was going on in the streets. The song was originally intended for Kurtis Blow, but with some persuasion Run convinced Russell and Larry to allow the young trio to make a demo. "It's Like That" became the group's debut single and boasted an aggressive percussion section accompanied by Run and D.M.C's animated story-telling. It was the launching pad for one of the most important rap acts ever. - Tannis Spencer