The Greatest And Most Unexpected Musical Collaborations Of All Time

Nadine Blanco | October 10, 2018 5:21 pm

"Walk This Way" – Aerosmith + Run-DMC

Run-DMC’s 1986 cover of “Walk This Way” became one of the most revolutionary music collaborations of all time, introducing hip-hop to mainstream audiences and reviving Aerosmith’s career. But it almost comes as a surprise that neither party was on board at first. In fact, Run-DMC hadn’t even heard of Aerosmith!

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage
Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

Joseph Simmons and Darryl McDaniels rapped over the intro to “Walk This Way,” which was originally recorded in 1975 for Aerosmith’sToys in the Attic. They hadn’t even heard the original lyrics before producer Rick Rubin had the great idea to bring in Steven Tyler and Joe Perry to re-record the song for the cover.