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
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
King of Rock
Raising Hell
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 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 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.


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.[2]


Chart (1985) Peak
US Billboard 200[3] 52
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[3] 12


Year Single Chart positions
US Dance
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


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


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "King of Rock". Robert Christgau. 
  2. ^ "Billboard 200: March 2, 1985". Billboard. 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Run-D.M.C. Chart Positions". AllMusic. Retrieved November 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Run–D.M.C. discography". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013.