The Info List - It's Tricky

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"It's Tricky" is the fourth and final single released from Run–D.M.C.'s third album, Raising Hell. It was released early in 1987 through Profile Records
Profile Records
and was co-produced by Rick Rubin
Rick Rubin
and the group themselves. The song peaked at No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 21 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. In the UK, the song made #16 on the UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
upon its original release and #74 in 1998, while the Jason Nevins remix of their song "It's Like That" spent its fifth week at #1.[1] Two decades after the song's release, The Knack
The Knack
sued Run-D.M.C. on the grounds "It's Tricky" sampled their song "My Sharona" without permission.[2] The song is used in the promotional clip for the FX television series Snowfall, which began airing in July 2017.[3] The original song appeared in the movies Road Trip and The Bounty Hunter and in the video games also has appeared in video games SSX Tricky, WWE 2K16
WWE 2K16
and Forza Horizon 3.


1 Track listing 2 Music video 3 Sampling 4 References 5 External links

Track listing[edit] 7"

A. "It's Tricky" – 3:02 B. "Proud to Be Black" – 3:14


A1. "It's Tricky" (Club Mix) – 7:19 A2. "Up Tempo" – 2:35 B1. "It's Tricky" (Remix) – 4:31 B2. "It's Tricky" (Scratchapella) – 3:51 B3. "Tricky Reprise" – 2:54 B4. "Proud To Be Black" – 3:14

Music video[edit] The music video features Penn and Teller, who are hustling a group of people with a game of three-card Monte in front of the Rialto Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Run–D.M.C.
are called and shut their business down by winning every hand they play. Penn then asks the group if they can teach them to dance, which they do after insisting that Penn and Teller
Penn and Teller
change their clothes. The video ends with Run–D.M.C.
showing up to a gig in Japan six months later, where they find the duo impersonating them; unable to tell the difference, the concert promoters deny Run–D.M.C.
the chance to perform. Sampling[edit] This song contains samples of "My Sharona" by The Knack, as well as the entire vocal structure from "Mickey" by Toni Basil. The Knack
The Knack
sued Run DMC over the track in 2006, and the lawsuit was settled out of court.[4][5][6] References[edit]

^ "RUN D.M.C." The Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 27, 2013.  ^ ""My Sharona" Writers Sue Run DMC For Sampling "It's Tricky"". Chartattack.com. September 18, 2006. Retrieved July 15, 2010.  ^ Jeng, Jonah (May 11, 2017). "FX Crack Cocaine Drama Snowfall Receives Two Exuberant New Promos". Paste. Retrieved June 21, 2017.  ^ It's Tricky
It's Tricky
- Run-D.M.C. ^ Whosampled.com analysis ^ Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling "I just changed the chorus around and we just talked about how this rap business can be tricky to a brother."

External links[edit]

Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics Video on YouTube

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DJ Run D.M.C.

Jam Master Jay


Run–D.M.C. King of Rock Raising Hell Tougher Than Leather Back from Hell Down with the King Crown Royal


Together Forever: Greatest Hits 1983–1991 Greatest Hits The Best of Run–DMC Ultimate Run–D.M.C. High Profile: The Original Rhymes Artist Collection: Run DMC

Live albums

Live at Montreux 2001


"It's Like That" " Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)" "Hard Times" "Rock Box" "30 Days" "King of Rock" "You Talk
Too Much" "Can You Rock It Like This" "My Adidas" "Walk This Way" " You Be Illin'
You Be Illin'
" "It's Tricky" "Christmas in Hollis" "I'm Not Going Out Like That" "Mary, Mary" "Run's House" "Pause" "What's It All About" "Faces" "Ooh, Whatcha Gonna Do" "Down with the King" "Corrected"

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