Pete Rock: My 5 Favorite Run-D.M.C. Songs

Pete Rock: My 5 Favorite Run-D.M.C. Songs

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Hip-hop uber-producer Pete Rock had been obsessed with Run-D.M.C. for more than a decade when the pioneering group asked him to co-produce 1993's "Down With the King." "My nerves were shot!," Rock tells Fuse. "I couldn't believe it. One day, Jam Master Jay came to my house in the early afternoon and was knocking on my mother's door. I'm like, "Holy sh-t! Jam Master Jay is on my doorstep.' I'm trying to keep it as cool a possible but inside, I'm just exploding. He was a real down-to-earth guy that made you feel comfortable."

Rock's enthusiasm and admiration for the DJ mirrors multiple generations of hip hop fans, who, in the wake of Jay's unsolved murder, continue to mourn and honor one of the genre's most influential figures. To celebrate Jay's legacy, Rock shares with us his five favorite Run-D.M.C. tracks ("in no particular order").

1. "Rock Box"
"It's the first mixture of rock and hip-hop together where they sampled rock music or made a rock beat with hip-hoppers on it. You have to commend Run-D.M.C. for that for bringing something new to the game. No one was making hip-hop music like that."

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