King of Rock

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King of Rock
Studio album by Run–D.M.C.
Released January 21, 1985
Recorded 1984
Genre Hip hop, golden age hip hop, rap rock
Length 43:46
Label Profile/Arista Records
Producer Russell Simmons, Larry Smith
Run–D.M.C. chronology
Run-D.M.C.
(1984)
King of Rock
(1985)
Raising Hell
(1986)
Singles from King Of Rock
  1. "King Of Rock"
    Released: January 15th, 1985
  2. "You Talk Too Much"
    Released: 1985
  3. "Can You Rock It Like This"
    Released: November 6th, 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B+[1]
Pitchfork Media (5.7/10) 23 Sep 05
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars 28 Mar 85

King of Rock is the second album by hip hop trio Run–D.M.C.. Produced in 1985, the album sees the group adopting a more rock-influenced sound, with several tracks prominently featuring heavy guitar riffs.

Background[edit]

Though Run-D.M.C.'s original version of "Slow and Low" (recorded as a demo during the sessions for this album) would not be officially released until the 2005 Deluxe edition of King of Rock, a cover version, recorded by the Beastie Boys (who themselves often played a fusion of rap and rock), appeared on the latter's 1986 debut album, Licensed to Ill.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rock The House" – 2:42
  2. "King of Rock" – 5:14
  3. "You Talk Too Much" – 5:59
  4. "Jam-Master Jammin'" – 4:20
  5. "Roots, Rap, Reggae" – 3:12
  6. "Can You Rock It Like This" – 4:30
  7. "You're Blind" – 5:31
  8. "It's Not Funny" – 5:35
  9. "Darryl and Joe (Krush-Groove 3)" – 6:39

Deluxe edition bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Slow and Low" (Demo) – 4:27
  2. "Together Forever (Krush-Groove 4)" (Live) – 3:35
  3. "Jam-Master Jammin'" (Remix) – 6:45
  4. "King of Rock" (Live, from Live Aid) – 7:26

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[2] 52
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[2] 12

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
US US R&B
[2]
US Dance
[2]
UK
[3]
1985 "King of Rock" 108 14 40 80
"You Talk Too Much" 19 301
"Can You Rock It Like This" 19
"Jam-Master Jammin'" 53

Notes:

  • 1 - Charted with "Darryl and Joe (Krush-Groove 3)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "King of Rock". Robert Christgau. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Run-D.M.C. Chart Positions (Allmusic)". Billbord. Retrieved November 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Run–D.M.C. discography". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013.