Run DMC - Walk this Way - 1986

Run DMC - Walk This Way (1986)

Walk This Way, a groundbreaking song by Run DMC, was released in 1986. This track, featuring Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, played a pivotal role in merging the genres of hip hop and rock music. Its influence extended beyond music, impacting the cultural landscape and paving the way for future collaborations across different music genres.

Background and Impact

The song was originally released by Aerosmith in 1975. However, the 1986 version by Run DMC marked a significant moment in music history. It was one of the first instances where a hip hop group collaborated with a rock band, thus bridging the gap between these two diverse music communities.

  1. Explore the original version of "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith's Walk This Way.
  2. Understand the cultural and musical landscape of the 1980s: 1980s Music Scene.

Musical Elements

The 1986 version of "Walk This Way" features a blend of hip hop beats with rock guitar riffs. This unique combination showcases the versatility of both genres and their potential to create something new and exciting.

  1. Learn about the characteristics of Hip Hop.
  2. Discover the elements of Rock that were incorporated into the song.

Quiz: Questions on the Song

What year was Run DMC's version of "Walk This Way" released? (1986) (!1975) (!1980) (!1992)

Which rock band originally released "Walk This Way"? (Aerosmith) (!Led Zeppelin) (!Pink Floyd) (!The Rolling Stones)

What was significant about Run DMC's version of "Walk This Way"? (It was one of the first major collaborations between hip hop and rock artists) (!It was the first hip hop song to win a Grammy) (!It was the first music video on MTV) (!It was the first song to use a drum machine)

Who from Aerosmith featured in Run DMC's "Walk This Way"? (Steven Tyler and Joe Perry) (!Brad Whitford and Tom Hamilton) (!Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford) (!Joe Perry and Joey Kramer)

What genre does Run DMC primarily represent? (Hip Hop) (!Rock) (!Pop) (!R&B)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

Which borough of New York City is Run DMC from? (Queens) (!Bronx) (!Brooklyn) (!Manhattan)

What does "DMC" in Run DMC stand for? (Devastating Mic Control) (!Dynamic Music Crew) (!Dance Music Champions) (!Disc Master Ceremony)

Which member of Run DMC is known for his trademark Adidas sneakers? (Darryl McDaniels) (!Joseph Simmons) (!Jason Mizell) (!Jam Master Jay)

What is the name of Run DMC's DJ who was tragically murdered in 2002? (Jam Master Jay) (!Grandmaster Flash) (!DJ Jazzy Jeff) (!Afrika Bambaataa)

Which of these is NOT a Run DMC album? (Raising Hell) (!King of Rock) (!Tougher Than Leather) (!Straight Outta Compton)

Quiz: Questions on the Lyrics

In "Walk This Way," what does the lyric "just gimme a kiss" reference? (It's a line from the original Aerosmith song) (!It's a shout-out to another Run DMC song) (!It refers to a famous movie quote) (!It's a nod to a popular TV show of the time)

Which of these lines is from "Walk This Way"? ("Schoolgirl sweetie with a classy kinda sassy") (!"It's like that, and that's the way it is") (!"Don't push me cause I'm close to the edge") (!"I said a hip hop the hippie the hippie")

What is the first word of the song "Walk This Way"? (Backseat) (!Walk) (!Lover) (!Schoolgirl)

Which instrument is prominently featured in the song's intro? (Guitar) (!Drums) (!Bass) (!Keyboard)

The lyric "So I gave a little pat on her booty" reflects what music style? (Hip Hop) (!Rock) (!Jazz) (!Country)


Run DMC Queens, New York
1986 Year "Walk This Way" was released
Aerosmith Original band of "Walk This Way"
Hip Hop and Rock Genres blended in the song
Jam Master Jay Run DMC's DJ

Open Tasks


  1. Create a Playlist: Compile a playlist that includes "Walk This Way" and other songs that mix different genres.
  2. Music Genre Research: Research another song that successfully blended two different music genres.


  1. Interview Musicians: Interview local musicians about their views on blending different music genres.
  2. Analyze Lyrics: Analyze the lyrics of "Walk This Way" and discuss their meaning and cultural context.


  1. Music Production Project: Create your own music track that combines elements of hip hop and rock.
  2. Historical Music Analysis: Write an essay on the impact of "Walk This Way" on the music industry.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the cultural significance of Run DMC's "Walk This Way" in the context of the 1980s.
  2. Explain the musical elements that make "Walk This Way" a unique blend of hip hop and rock.
  3. Analyze the impact of "Walk This Way" on future music collaborations between artists from different genres.
  4. Discuss the legacy of Run DMC and their influence on the hip hop genre.
  5. Reflect on how "Walk This Way" might be perceived differently if it were released today.

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