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“Walk This Way”

Run-D.M.C. | 1986

In the early-to-mid-1980s, the line was firmly drawn between rock and hip-hop. But the wall came tumbling down once producer Rick Rubin persuaded Run-DMC to give Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" a rap makeover. "Run-DMC liked the beat, but they didn't want to sing those words," Rubin told Rolling Stone. "I explained that would defeat the purpose. There were still people who didn't think rap was music. The goal was, here's a song you've heard. And our version isn't so different that theirs is music and ours isn't."

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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