TODAY in Black Film History
TOUGHER THAN LEATHER
Released September 16, 1988 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Run (Joseph Simmons), DMC (Darryl McDaniels), and Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell) were natives of a middle-class Hollis neighborhood of Queens, N.Y. In the 1980s Run's brother, Russell Simmons, formed the hip-hop management company Rush Productions and the pioneering record label Def Jam.
When they graduated from high school in 1982, the group released the first "new school" hip-hop single "It's Like That" which became a Top 20 R&B hit. Following their household name-making success (with the help of early MTV exposure) and several gold and platinum records in 1986, Run DMC starred in their first film Krush Groove, co-starring The Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow, LL Cool J, and then unknown The Beastie Boys. Loosely based on Russell Simmons' life as an industry maverick, the film's release sparked violence in urban theaters across the country, including a riot in Nassau County, N.Y.
By 1987, at the height of their popularity, Run DMC spent most of their time recording and filming Tougher Than Leather, their second album and accompanying feature film. Playing themselves, this action packed and music filled film was directed and co-written by Def Jam Records co-founder Rick Rubin. In addition to the music of Run-DMC, the film also features concert footage of The Beastie Boys, Slick Rick and The Junkyard Band.
Sadly on October 30th 2002, Jam Master Jay was added to the growing list of Hip-Hop pioneers that had been shot to death. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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