Crown Royal (album)

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Crown Royal
Studio album by Run–D.M.C.
Released April 3, 2001
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Hip hop, rap rock
Length 43:49
Label Arista
Producer Jam Master Jay, LaMarquis "ReMarqable" Jefferson, Randy Allen, Kid Rock, Dante Ross, John Gamble, Stephan Jenkins, Jermaine Dupri
Run–D.M.C. chronology
Down With the King
(1993)
Crown Royal
(2001)
Greatest Hits
(2002)

Crown Royal is a 2001 album by hip hop pioneers Run–D.M.C., It is their seventh and final album. It was released about 18 months before the murder of Jam-Master Jay. All songs but the title track featured guest artists, including Fred Durst, Stephan Jenkins and Sugar Ray, Everlast, Kid Rock, Nas, Prodigy and Method Man.

It is the first and only Run–D.M.C. album with a Parental Advisory label, though previous Run-D.M.C albums, such the 1986 Raising Hell, had included explicit lyrics.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX.com 3.5/5 stars[2]
NME 6.5/10 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

Crown Royal was mildly successful despite poor critical reviews.[citation needed]

Rolling Stone (3/15/01, p. 78) said "Crown Royal uses the same musical strategy as their minor 1993 comeback, Down with the King: guest artists, guest artists and more guest artists... But as on Down With the King, Run-DMC prove their old-school mastery without adding anything new to it; the tracks sink or swim depending on what the guest artist felt like bringing to the studio that day.[5]

Entertainment Weekly (4/6/01, p. 120) note that "on this hip-hop roast, new schoolers Nas and Fat Joe pay their respects with sparkling grooves... Run's rhymes are still limber." - Rating: B-

NME (4/5/01, p. 43) - 6 out of 10 - "Proves the emperors' new clothes can look just as solid as their old threads." [6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It's Over" (feat. Jermaine Dupri) – 3:40
  2. "Queens Day" (feat. Nas, Prodigy) – 4:18
  3. "Crown Royal" – 3:13
  4. "Them Girls" (feat. Fred Durst) – 3:33
  5. "The School of Old" (feat. Kid Rock) – 3:20
  6. "Take the Money and Run" (feat. Everlast) – 3:48
  7. "Rock Show" (feat. Stephan Jenkins) – 3:14
  8. "Here We Go 2001" (feat. Sugar Ray) – 3:21
  9. "Ahhh" (feat. Chris Davis) – 4:21
  10. "Let's Stay Together (Together Forever)" (feat. Jagged Edge) – 3:19
  11. "Ay Papi" (feat. Fat Joe) – 3:16
  12. "Simmons Incorporated" (feat. Method Man) – 4:26

Samples[edit]

Crown Royal

It's Over

Queens Day

  • "Peter Piper" by Run-DMC

Take the Money and Run

Ahhh

Rock Show

  • "Rock Box" by Run-DMC
  • "Hit It Run" by Run-DMC

The School of Old

  • "King of Rock" by Run-DMC
  • "Hit It Run" by Run-DMC

Singles[edit]

  • "Let's Stay Together (Together Forever)"
  • "Rock Show"

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[7] 48
US Billboard 200[8] 37
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[8] 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ HipHopDX.com review
  3. ^ NME review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Run DMC : Crown Royal". Nme.Com. 2001-04-05. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  7. ^ "Discography Run DMC". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Run-D.M.C. Chart Positions (Allmusic)". Billbord. Retrieved November 19, 2010.