8/6/17 Episode 61: "Tougher Than Leather" (1988)
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I know the lyrics to most Run-DMC songs, but I can't remember this movie, and co-host Carl and I just watched it the other day. Poorly directed by Def Jam Records head Rick Rubin (he acts in it, too), Tougher Than Leather has the group solving the murder of their friend, I think. Run-DMC perform a bunch of numbers with the late Jam Master Jay, the young Beastie Boys do a number, as well as Slick Rick (Slick Rick is 38 minutes into the movie, if you want to skip ahead). Rubin, the director, places the camera on the counter, have his actors hover within frame, and act. Run-DMC had appeared earlier in Krush Groove (1985), another movie about Def Jam Records.