Thursday, February 25, 2010

Quarter Century Review: King Of Rock

King Of Rock
Profile/Arista Records
Produced by Russell Simmons

Simply one of the most influential albums in hip-hop history. Rap rock, for better or worse, would not have existed without Run-D.M.C. and the meddling of Rick Rubin. Before he was a reality TV star, Run was the premier MC in the land and D.M.C. brought the thunder. They bridged the gap between the urban underground and the mainstream.

The opening track is a bit of a throwaway as it is merely just a sampling of what is to come. You should always feel good about skipping ahead to the trio's calling card track, "King Of Rock,". The only real issue with this album is that it gets repetitive but that was very common in early rap music. "You Talk Too Much," may go about 2 minutes too long but the enjoyment of aping this song is timeless. In fact, enough of this. I'm going to find my A.D.I.D.A.S. and stand outside in a b-boy stance.

Overall Grade = 8.09

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