I was reminded that today (October 30th) is the 10th anniversary of Jam Master Jay’s tragic death. When thinking of my favorite Run-D.M.C. songs, I could never pick one, but “Beats to the Rhyme” from 1988′s Tougher Than Leather is always high in the list. It marked a shift for Run-D.M.C (and the industry as a whole) from its defining, big beat-box style to the use of samples. And in 1988, I did not really know what sampling was. All I knew was this song sounded like some future ish, and it still holds up today. Another thing special about this song was that it showcased JMJ on the tables. So, please enjoy this video and take a moment to remember Jam Master Jay. Rest In Peace.
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