"One of my favorites is "I'm Not Going Out Like That" (from the album Tougher Than Leather) because of the complexity of his mixes and multi-samples. Jam Master Jay really makes it sound smooth," says Chris Smart, lead singer for local band the Mechanical Walking Robot Boy.
"Run-DMC was my first exposure to the backbone of hip-hop — the hip-hop DJ. Without him, I wouldn't have the love I have for hip-hop," says Steve Balser of the Prhymemates, a San Antonio hip-hop organization.
Run-DMC paved the way for other groups like the Beastie Boys (something of a Run-DMC rip-off band, anyway) with its sound and style. It was the only rap group invited to play Live Aid, the first hip-hop group to be embraced by MTV, and its members were the first rappers to have a gold record — nearly 20 years ago. The group even infiltrated the fashion world, years before P. Diddy. Punk band the Dead Milkmen paid homage as they costumed themselves in Run-DMC attire for their "The Thing That Only Eats Hippies" video. "If it wasn't for Run-DMC, none of us would be wearing Adidas," says Chris Klassen, hip-hop buyer for San Antonio mainstay Hogwild Records. And how.