Run-DMC’s King Of Rock Turns 30 Years Old & Remains Great

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Run-DMC’s sophomore album, King Of Rock, reached record store stands 30 years ago today (January 21, 1985). Released on the Profile label, the effort from the Hollis, Queens trio barely missed the Billboard Top 50, but remained a highlight within the group’s discography.

Following the self-titled LP’s boom-bap style, Run, DMC, and Jam Master Jay adopted a Rock & Roll influenced sound, in part thanks to late producer Larry Smith, that helped cross them over further.

As Hip-Hop was at its crossroads in 1985, with pioneers like Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee, Busy Bee, Melle Mel, and The Soulsonic Force ever present, amidst emerging acts like Run-DMC, Whodini, The Fat Boys, World Class Wreckin’ Crew, and more.

How many albums will still have that edge in 30 years?

What’s your opinion regarding Run-DMC’s best LP?

Related: Rest In Peace Larry Smith, Run-DMC & Whodini’s Iconic Producer