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Run-D.M.C.’s “King of Rock” was the first rap album to be released on CD

Run-D.M.C.’s second studio album “King of Rock” was released in January 21, 1985 by Profile Records. King of Rock was produced by Russell Simmons and Larry Smith, peaking at No. 52 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and No. 12 on Top Hip-Hop/R&B chart.

Two and a half years after CD’s (compact discs) first became commercially available in stores and record shops, Profile Records was able to press Run-D.M.C.’s King of Rock album on CD, making it the first rap album to be released on CD.

Run-D.M.C.’s “King of Rock” was the first rap album to be released on CD

Run-D.M.C. King of Rock tracklist

  1. “Rock the House”
  2. “King of Rock”
  3. “You Talk Too Much”
  4. “Jam-Master Jammin'”
  5. “Roots, Rap, Reggae” (featuring Yellowman)
  6. “Can You Rock It Like This”
  7. “You’re Blind”
  8. “It’s Not Funny”
  9. “Darryl and Joe (Krush-Groove 3)”
  10. “Slow and Low (Demo)” (DELUXE)
  11. “Together Forever (Krush-Groove 4) (Live)” (DELUXE)
  12. “Jam-Master Jammin’ (Remix, Long Version)” (DELUXE)
  13. “King of Rock (Live, from Live Aid)” (DELUXE)
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