Run-DMC Release King of Rock Album – Today in Hip-Hop

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.

The trio—Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and the late Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell—made history with this album in more ways

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