In 1981, three Queens, New Yorkers got together to unknowingly change the course of music history. RUN-DMC is inarguably one of the greatest music groups of all time, and most definitely in the upper echelon of contributors to the hip-hop culture. It's safe to say that Hot New Hip-Hop would not exist without the contribution of these men: Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jam Master Jay (RIP).

RUN-DMC grinded from a busking act in Queens parks to the very people who crossed hip-hop over to the mainstream. They did this by embracing a strong rock 'n' roll influence. The song "Walk This Way" is widely regarded as a breakthrough moment in fusing rap with rock, but also in launching rap in to the mainstream. Along with their pals in the Beastie Boys, this new generation of musicians were blurring the lines of race and setting the stage for a less prejudiced music industry.

Their influence can never be overstated, but we won't talk your ear off on it. We're here to throw it back to some classic RUN-DMC cuts on this Thanksgiving Thursday. Enjoy while you feast on turkey!