“The thing is, when you’re a fan from the outside of something, you can embrace it in a different way than when you’re a fan from the inside. Run-D.M.C. could be sort of gangstery in their own way, pre-gangster rap, because they were suburban kids. Kurtis Blow, who was from Harlem and really around gangsters, he didn’t want to be a gangster. He wanted to look above it and wear leather boots and be more like a rock star. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were really inner-city, hard-life guys, and they wanted to be from outer space.”
For a while, I was buying albums just because they were produced by Rick Rubin. I don’t think I’ve ever bought albums for a producer before or since. Got hooked on The Cult “Electric” and the first Danzig LP. Then, because of Rick Rubin, I turned on to Masters of Reality and The Red Devils “King King” both great albums. I could go on and on. I’m a suburban mama’s boy myself, but I can identify with Grandmaster Flash in that, musically, I often feel like I’m from outer space.