STUFF I LIKE: Run-DMC’s Single “King Of Rock” Turns 30

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On this very day 30 years ago Run-DMC released their most successful single from their sophomore album entitled “King Of Rock”. Although the single only reached #108 on the “Billboard Hot 100″ chart, this song has earned its place in Hip-Hop history and stands as a testament for the journey that Hip-Hop has taken over the course of time. As the visual for this song begins a security guard can be seen telling Run-DMC that they are not supposed to be in the Museum of Rock & Roll. This alludes to the struggle of artists who’s music wasn’t being taken seriously as a genre but was starting to flourish in profits and merchandising. With the help of some guitar accompaniment Run-DMC was able to help break down these barriers for all Hip-Hop artists and Rappers to come. “I’m The King Of Rock, There Is None Higher, Sucker MC’s Should Call Me Sire, To Burn My Kingdom You Must Use Fire, I Wont Stop Rockin’ Till I Retire” – Run-DMC.

“I’M THE KING OF ROCK, THERE IS NONE HIGHER,

SUCKER MC’S SHOULD CALL ME SIRE,

TO BURN MY KINGDOM YOU MUST USE FIRE, I

WONT STOP ROCKIN’ TILL I RETIRE” – RUN-DMC

Let me take you on a journey, a voyage back in time where there are no Hip-Hop music stations. Where the internet didn’t exist and your favorite songs weren’t one click away from download. This era is known as the “Golden Age of Hip Hop”. We call it this for a number of reasons, of course one being the amazing body of work that was 80’s Hip-Hop but i think more importantly because nobody thought that this fad “Hip-Hop” was going to survive more than 15 years and it struck “Gold”. Literally, Run-DMC’s previous album was the first hip-hop record to ever go “Gold”, and their “King Of Rock” album allowed them the privilege to became the first Hip-Hop group in history to go “Platinum”. Enjoy this monumental piece of music history!

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