XXL celebrates 50 years of hip-hop with this moment:
Jan. 21, 1985: The innovative and iconic hip-hop crew Run-DMC released their second studio album, King of Rock on this day in 1985. Today marks the 38th anniversary of their genre-blending collection.
With a heavy rock influence intertwined throughout the nine-song album, the group from Hollis, Queens garnered major crossover appeal on their platinum-selling effort, King of Rock. This style of rap-rock fusion would later be mimicked by other Golden Age hip-hop acts such as the Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill and many more.
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