Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tougher Than Leather
(watch the full movie)

If you've never seen this fictional 1988 "student film" of Rick Rubin's then you must ASAP, especially If you are a fan of Run-DMC, The Beastie Boys, Rick Rubin, or Def Jam during the early years, (there's also a classic Junk Yard band performance at a backyard party, and Slick Rick to name a few.)

I have no idea how long Tougher Than Leather will last on YouTube, and it's not on DVD as far as I know, but it's a classic, tasteless epic, that needs to be seen to be believed. It actually played in theaters to riots. Some great cameo's too (Rick's dad, Russell Simmons dad [RIP] who put in two of the greatest performances in the film, to name a few, besides the infamous Richard Edson, and Lois Ayres, George Drakoulias and I running down the street for a hot second at around the one hour mark too).

If you live in lower Manhattan you may also recognize some of the locations all within a walk from the original Def Jam offices at 298 Elizabeth street. I shot some stills on the film that I'll add below (the poster up top was based on one of my photos as well.)

Enjoy, I know you will. I'm re-watching, after not seeing it for over 20 years, as i'm putting together this post, and it's blowing my mind.


  1. And people say the eighties was a shit decade, eat my bag !!! What a tip, what a trip, happy belated birthday and thanks for the ongoing pasion and pursuit thereof, don't stop !!!

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    1. haaa haa, yes indeed, pretty fucking funny huh?

  3. Definitely. I had a good time watching that. Thx.