King of Rock

King of Rock

by Run-D.M.C.

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Take the title of Run-D.M.C.'s King of Rock somewhat literally. True, the trailblazing rap crew hardly abandoned hip-hop on their second album, but they did follow through on the blueprint of their debut, emphasizing the rock leanings that formed the subtext of Run-D.M.C. Nearly every cut surges forward on thundering drum machines and simple power chords, with the tempos picked up a notch and the production hitting like a punch to the stomach. If the debut suggested hard rock, this feels like hard rock -- over-amplified, brutal, and intoxicating in its sheer sonic force. What really makes King of Rock work is that it sounds tougher and is smarter than almost all of the rock and metal records of its time. There is an urgency to the music unheard in the hard rock of the '80s -- a sense of inevitability to the riffs and rhythms, balanced by the justified boasting of Run and D.M.C. Most of their rhymes are devoted to party jams or bragging, but nobody was sharper, funnier, or as clever as this duo, nor was there a DJ better than Jam Master Jay, who not just forms the backbone of their music, but also has two great showcases in "Jam-Master Jammin'" and "Darryl and Joe" (the latter one of two exceptions to the rock rules of the album, the other being the genre-pushing "Roots, Rap, Reggae," one of the first rap tracks to make explicit the links between hip-hop and reggae). Even if there a pronounced rock influence throughout King of Rock, what makes it so remarkable is that it never sounds like a concession in order to win a larger audience. No matter how many metallic guitar riffs are on the record, this music is as raw and street-level as the debut. It manages to be just as dynamic, exciting, and timeless as that album, as it expands the definition of what both Run-D.M.C. and rap could do.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/2017
Label: Get On Down
UPC: 0664425132113
catalogNumber: 51321
Rank: 39368


  1. Rock the House
  2. King of Rock
  3. You Talk to Much
  4. Jam-Master Jammin'
  5. Roots, Rap, Reggae
  6. Can You Rock It Like This
  7. You're Blind
  8. It's Not Funny
  9. Darryl&Joe

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Run-D.M.C.   Primary Artist
Davy D.   Guitar
Bobby Gass   Guitar
Sam Jacobs   Percussion
Eddie Martinez   Guitar
Rick Rubin   Guitar
Larry Smith   Guitar

Technical Credits

Darryl McDaniels   Composer
Rick Rubin   Composer
Run-D.M.C.   Composer
Russell Simmons   Composer,Producer
James Smith   Composer
Jason Mizell   Composer
Orange Krush   Composer
Larry Smith   Composer,Producer
Andrea Klein   Art Direction
Joseph Simmons   Composer
Jose Abel Rodriguez   Reissue Design,Layout
Daniel Hayden   Composer
Antonio Lucien Herrera   Composer

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