Crown Royal (album)

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Crown Royal
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Studio album by Run–D.M.C.
Released April 13, 2001
Recorded 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
Crown Royal
Greatest Hits

Crown Royal is the seventh and final album from hip hop pioneers Run–D.M.C., released on April 13,[1] 2001. 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, 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 as the 1986 Raising Hell, had included explicit lyrics.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic1.5/5 stars[3]
HipHopDX.com3.5/5 stars[4]
NME6.5/10 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]

Crown Royal received mixed 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."[7]

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 gave Crown Royal a 6 out of 10 rating: "Proves the emperors' new clothes can look just as solid as their old threads."[8] However, Allmusic rated the album only one and a half stars out of five: "Crown Royal spirals so recklessly into contrasting segments that it's easy to forget you are even listening to a Run-D.M.C. record. Lacking any discernible sense of direction or continuity, the once cutting-edge trio has seemingly lost touch with its original fan base."[9]

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


Crown Royal

It's Over

Queens Day

  • "Peter Piper" by Run-DMC

Take the Money and Run


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


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

Chart positions[edit]


Chart (2001) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[10] 48
US Billboard 200[11] 37
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[11] 22


  1. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2001-04-21). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  2. ^ "Crown Royal by Run-D.M.C." Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^, HipHopDX -. "Run DMC - Crown Royal". Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  5. ^ NME.COM. "Run DMC : Crown Royal - NME.COM". Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
  7. ^ [1] Archived October 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Run DMC : Crown Royal". Nme.Com. 2001-04-05. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  9. ^ Conaway, Matt. "Crown Royal - Run-D.M.C." Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Discography Run DMC". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Run-D.M.C. Chart Positions". AllMusic. Retrieved November 19, 2010.