King of Rock

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This article is about the album by Run–D.M.C. For the title track on the album, see King of Rock (song). For the "King of Rock and Roll", see Honorific nicknames in popular music.
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.