"You Be Illin'" - Run-D.M.C.
from the album Raising Hell (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #29 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 7
Today's Song of the Day is by the rap act Run-D.M.C., who were the first African-American hip-hop group to hit it big on the American pop chart with their redo of the Aerosmith rock song "Walk This Way" with two members of the Boston band. To continue their momentum without resorting to another cover, they released a comic-to-the-point-of-novelty single "You Be Illin'". With a bass/piano hook that just won't quit, their hilarious take on whacked-out people was both real and universal...
"You Be Illin'" became Run-D.M.C.'s second top-40 pop hit in America in December of 1986, while scaling to #12 on the R&B chart in Billboard magazine. On their Dance Club Play the record also made an appearance at #44. Internationally, the single peaked right under the top-40 in Britain (#42).
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