You Be Illin'

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"You Be Illin' "
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Single by Run–D.M.C.
from the album Raising Hell
B-side Hit It Run
Released October 20, 1986
Format Vinyl, Cassette
Recorded 1986
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:26
Label Profile Records
Writer(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
"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 performed well on the U.S. charts, peaking 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.

On the show Monk, Season 6, Episode 2 (air date July 20, 2007) a small portion of the track can be heard mixed in with another track.

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


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