King of Rock

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King of Rock
Run–D.M.C. King of Rock.jpg
Studio album by Run–D.M.C.
Released February 5, 1985
Recorded 1984
Genre 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 15, 1985
  2. "You Talk Too Much"
    Released: 1985
  3. "Can You Rock It Like This"
    Released: November 6, 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media 5.7/10[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 6/10[7]
The Village Voice B+[8]

King of Rock is the second studio 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]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rock the House" Russell Simmons, Joseph Simmons, Larry Smith 2:42
2. "King of Rock" Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Larry Smith 5:14
3. "You Talk Too Much" Daniel Hayden, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell, Joseph Simmons, Russell Simmons, Larry Smith 5:59
4. "Jam-Master Jammin'" Run-D.M.C. 4:20
5. "Roots, Rap, Reggae" (feat. Yellowman) Run-D.M.C. 3:12
6. "Can You Rock It Like This" Rick Rubin, James Smith, Larry Smith 4:30
7. "You're Blind" Antonio Lucien Herrera, Darryl McDaniels, Russell Simmons, Larry Smith 5:31
8. "It's Not Funny" Run-D.M.C. 5:35
9. "Darryl and Joe (Krush-Groove 3)" Darryl McDaniels, Joseph Simmons, Larry Smith 6:39
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "Slow and Low (Demo)" Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels 4:27
11. "Together Forever (Krush-Groove 4) (Live)" Darryl McDaniels, Joseph Simmons 3:35
12. "Jam-Master Jammin' (Remix, Long Version)" Run-D.M.C. 6:45
13. "King of Rock (Live, from Live Aid)" Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Larry Smith 7:26

Chart positions[edit]

The album spent 56 weeks on the U.S. Billboard album charts and reached its peak position of #52 in early March 1985.[9]

Album[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[10] 52
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[10] 12

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
US US R&B
[10]
US Dance
[10]
UK
[11]
1985 "King of Rock" 108 14 40 80
"You Talk Too Much" 107 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. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "King of Rock – Run-D.M.C.". AllMusic. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (December 2, 1990). "A Rundown On The Recording History Of Run-d.m.c.". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 2584. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  4. ^ Breihan, Tom (September 22, 2005). "Run-D.M.C.: Run-DMC / King of Rock / Raising Hell / Tougher Than Leather". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ Considine, J.D. (March 28, 1985). "Run-D.M.C.: King Of Rock". Rolling Stone. New York. Archived from the original on November 23, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 708–09. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). "Run–D.M.C.". Spin Alternative Record Guide. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 2, 1985). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Billboard 200: March 2, 1985". Billboard.com. Billboard. 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Run-D.M.C. Chart Positions". AllMusic. Retrieved November 19, 2010. 
  11. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Run–D.M.C. discography". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013.