Trivia / Run–D.M.C.

  • Author Existence Failure: On October 30, 2002, at 7:30 pm, Jam-Master Jay was shot and killed in a Merrick Boulevard recording studio in Jamaica, Queens. The group died with him.
  • Breakthrough Hit: "Walk This Way", undoubtedly.
  • Cut Song: "Slow And Low," which never made it past the demo sessions for King of Rock. The Beastie Boys heard the song and sought Run-D.M.C.'s permission to cut their own version, note , which appeared on Licensed to Ill. The original "Slow and Low" demo would appear as a bonus track on a 2005 "deluxe edition" of King Of Rock.
  • Uncredited Role: They served as uncredited ghostwriters for several artists, including Beastie Boys on their first album.
  • What Could Have Been: Run–D.M.C. wrote a song called "Slow And Low" while working on their album King of Rock, but ultimately discarded it as an outtake. Then The Beastie Boys, who were also on Def Jam at the time, heard a demo of the song and asked to do their own version, which appeared on Licensed To Ill - the Beastie Boys made a couple of slight lyrical changes to put a bit of their own personal touch on it, but it's still credited on their album as being written by Run DMC and Rick Rubin. The original Run DMC demo appeared as a bonus track on a 2006 re-release of King Of Rock, but a more fully produced version apparently doesn't exist.