Originally released by Aerosmith in 1975, “Walk This Way” helped pull the Boston rockers’ out of their professional slump eleven years later when it was covered by New York hip-hop pioneers Run-DMC. The song also helped launch the musical subgenre of rap rock.
Run-DMC’s recording of “Walk This Way” was released as a single on July 4, 1986. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry provided the vocal and guitar parts, respectively, in both the studio and the video. In addition to resurrecting Aerosmith as a group, the Run-DMC version of the song introduced hip-hop to a wider audience.
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