Knowledge Is King

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Knowledge Is King
Knowledge is King.jpg
Studio album by Kool Moe Dee
Released May 30, 1989
Studio Soundtrack Studios (New York, NY)
Genre Hip hop
Length 44:32
Label Jive
Kool Moe Dee chronology
How Ya Like Me Now
Knowledge Is King
Funke, Funke Wisdom
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

Knowledge Is King is the third solo studio album by American rapper Kool Moe Dee from the Treacherous Three. It was recorded at Soundtrack Studios in New York City, New York and released on May 30, 1989 via Jive Records. Production for the album was handled by Teddy Riley, LaVaba Mallison, Pete Q. Harris and Kool Moe Dee. The record peaked at number 25 on the Billboard 200[3] and number 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[4] It is his second best-selling album, achieving gold certification by the RIAA on August 22, 1989 (his previous album How Ya Like Me Now was certified platinum).[5]

The album spawned four charted singles: "Let's Go", "All Night Long", "I Go to Work", and "They Want Money". "They Want Money" went the most successful single of the effort, peaking at #3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, #2 on the Hot Rap Songs and #91 on the UK Singles Chart. "I Go to Work" peaked at #13 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and #5 on the Hot Rap Songs. "All Night Long" peaked at #70 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and "Let's Go", a diss track towards Kool Moe Dee's foe LL Cool J, peaked at #11 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "They Want Money" 3:52
2. "The Avenue" M. Dewese 3:46
3. "I Go to Work" M. Dewese 4:40
4. "All Night Long" M. Dewese 4:11
5. "Knowledge is King"
  • M. Dewese
  • P. Harris
6. "I'm Hittin' Hard" M. Dewese 4:34
7. "Get the Picture"
  • M. Dewese
  • L. Mallison
8. "I'm Blowin' Up" M. Dewese 4:55
9. "The Don" M. Dewese 5:10
10. "Pump Your Fist" M. Dewese 4:27
11. "Let's Go" M. Dewese 5:24
Total length: 44:32


Sample credits[6]


  • Mohandes Dewese - vocals, producer
  • LaVaba Mallison - mixing, producer
  • Edward Theodore Riley - producer
  • Peter Brian Harris - producer
  • Chris Trevett - engineering
  • Josh Chervokas - engineering
  • George Karras - mixing
  • Kafi Tuda - grooming
  • Pietro Alfieri - artwork
  • Doug Rowell - photography
  • Ralph Wernli - photography



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Knowledge Is King - Kool Moe Dee". Allmusic. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Kool Moe Dee". Robert Christgau. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Kool Moe Dee Knowledge Is King Chart History". Billboard 200. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Kool Moe Dee Knowledge Is King Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. August 22, 1989. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Knowledge Is King by Kool Moe Dee: Album Samples, Covers and Remixes". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  7. ^ "Kool Moe Dee Chart History". Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  8. ^ "Kool Moe Dee Chart History". Hot Rap Songs. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  9. ^ "KOOL MOE DEE | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Kool Moe Dee – Knowledge Is King". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

"Kool Moe Dee - Knowledge Is King". Discogs.