|Single by Run–D.M.C.|
|from the album Run–D.M.C.|
|Released||April 16, 1984|
|Format||7'' & 12'' single|
|Genre||Hip hop, rap rock|
|Producer(s)||Jam Master Jay
|Run–D.M.C. singles chronology|
"Rock Box" is a 1984 hit single by Run–D.M.C.. It is the third single from their self-titled debut album, originally released through Profile Records, Inc. The heavy rock guitar riff and solos are original compositions performed by Eddie Martinez, also seen playing the electric guitar in the music video. DJ Jam Master Jay programmed the song's hip-hop beat. The single reached No. 26 on the Hot Dance Club Songs
The video features a nonsensical monologue at the beginning by Professor Irwin Corey, supposedly giving a history of Rap Music. The rest of the video consists of the group performing at Danceteria, a famous New York punk club.
"Rock Box" was also the first video produced by the group.
Rapper Tela of Memphis also sampled the song on his debut album Piece of Mind on the track "Twisted".
The beginning words "Run, Run" have been sampled by many artists, including The Pharcyde's "Runnin". Run-D.M.C. also samples the line in many of their later albums.
- 7" Profile - PRO-5045 (US)
- "Rock Box" - 4:12
- "Rock Box (Dub Version)" - 4:56
- 12" Profile - PRO-7045 (US)
- "Rock Box" - 5:28
- "Rock Box (Vocal Dub Version)" - 6:00
- "Rock Box (Dub Version)" - 7:28
|US Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles||26|
- "Run-D.M.C. Chart Positions". AllMusic. Retrieved November 19, 2010.