King of Rock

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King of Rock
Run–D.M.C. King of Rock.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 5, 1985
GenreRap rock
LabelProfile, Arista
ProducerRussell 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
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide6/10[7]
The Village VoiceB+[8]

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

Run-D.M.C.'s version of the Beastie Boys "Slow and Low", was recorded as a demo during the sessions for this album and was not officially released until 2005, as an inclusion in the Deluxe edition of King of Rock.

Track listing[edit]

1."Rock the House"Russell Simmons, Joseph Simmons, Larry Smith2:42
2."King of Rock"Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Larry Smith5:14
3."You Talk Too Much"Daniel Hayden, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell, Joseph Simmons, Russell Simmons, Larry Smith5:59
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 Smith4:30
7."You're Blind"Antonio Lucien Herrera, Darryl McDaniels, Russell Simmons, Larry Smith5:31
8."It's Not Funny"Run-D.M.C.5:35
9."Darryl and Joe (Krush-Groove 3)"Darryl McDaniels, Joseph Simmons, Larry Smith6:39
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
10."Slow and Low (Demo)"Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels4:27
11."Together Forever (Krush-Groove 4) (Live)"Darryl McDaniels, Joseph Simmons3:35
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 Smith7:26

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]


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


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