Music video by RUN-DMC vs. Jason Nevins performing It's Like That. (C) 1984, 1999 Arista Records, Inc.
"It's like That" is a hip hop track performed by Run-D.M.C. It first appeared in 1983 on a cassette backed with the track "Sucker M.C.'s". The release marked the start of Run-D.M.C.'s career and is widely regarded as ushering in a new school of hip hop artists with a street image and an abrasive, minimalist sound that marked them out from their predecessors. Both tracks were collected on the trio's eponymous debut album in 1984. "It's like that" is about life in the area where the group lives (unemployment, prices, death, etc).
In 2008, it was ranked number 40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
In 1997, a remixed version by DJ Jason Nevins was released in Europe, which topped the charts in many countries including the UK chart in 1998 for six weeks, at the same time ending the Spice Girls run of six No1 hits. Despite its popularity, Nevins only got paid the standard flat-rate fee. The music video for the remix featured a male and a female breakdance crew battling each other in a breakdance battle in which the females ultimately win. Vanness Wu was also one of the boys in this music video.