Music Friday: Walk This Way

I must admit, I was a big Aerosmith fan in junior high school. I liked their old music: music made before I was even in school. I wasn’t really keeping up with the new bands like the Beastie Boys or Cinderella that everyone else was always talking about. So it came as a bit of a pleasant surprise when everyone started talking about this band called Run DMC and I already knew all the lyrics to the song.
Three decades after Run DMC brought hip-hop to the mainstream, the music world had changed considerably. No longer are metalheads and rappers banging on their respective walls and turning up their own music to drown out that of the other. Towards the end of the 90s, something called nu-metal had a sudden spike in popularity with bands like Limp Bizkit and Korn giving some amount of credit to this Run DMC/Aerosmith collaboration as the impetus for their music. It was also when the former N.W.A. mixologist Dr. Dre had to explain why he’d signed a white boy from Detroit to his label: a white boy who went on to become one of the most popular artists of the ensuing decade. And now the dominant musical language of the next generation is decidedly more like Run DMC than it is like Aerosmith.


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