You Be Illin'

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"You Be Illin' "
You Be Illin.jpg
Single by Run–D.M.C.
from the album Raising Hell
B-side"Hit It Run"
ReleasedOctober 20, 1986
FormatVinyl, cassette
GenreHip hop
LabelProfile Records
Songwriter(s)Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell, Raymond White
Producer(s)Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, Jason Mizell, Joseph Simmons
Run–D.M.C. singles chronology
"Walk This Way"
"You Be Illin' "
"It's Tricky"

"You Be Illin' " is the third single released by Run–D.M.C. from their third album, Raising Hell. It was released in 1986 through Profile Records as the follow-up to the rap rock crossover hit, "Walk This Way", and was produced by Run-D.M.C. The song peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 12 on the Hot Black Singles chart.

The slang term illing means to "be uncool and unrelaxed", "be acting crazy", "be 'tripping' or 'bugging' ", or "be acting 'wack' ".[1] The song describes some examples of "illing" and chides a fictitious individual for his "illing" behavior. Such examples include a man ordering a Big Mac and french fries at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, calling out "Touchdown!" at a basketball game, repelling a woman at a party with drunken behavior and bad breath, and being oblivious to the fact he is eating dog food for dinner.

In 2012, The Carolina Chocolate Drops covered "You Be Illin' " on a bonus track of their album, Leaving Eden.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "You Be Illin' " – 3:26


  1. "Hit It Run" – 3:10


Chart (1986) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 29
Netherlands (Mega Single Tip)[3] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 29
US Hot Black Singles (Billboard)[5] 12
US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard)[6] 44


External links[edit]