Run-DMC’s 7th studio album “Crown Royal” was released 2001. It’s their latest and final album, which was released 18 month before the murder of Jam Master Jay, after which the group resigned (however there had been few live shows in 2012 and 2013 by Run & DMC with Jay’s sons as DJs).
The 12 track album features guest artists on 11 out of 12 tracks with DMC to appear on only three songs.
“Crown Royal” LP front cover
“Crown Royal” LP back cover
01 It’s Over (feat. Jermaine Dupri)
02 Queens Day (feat. Nas, Prodigy)
03 Crown Royal
04 Them Girls (feat. Fred Durst)
05 The School of Old (feat. Kid Rock)
06 Take the Money and Run (feat. Everlast)
07 Rock Show (feat. Stephan Jenkins)
08 Here We Go 2001 (feat. Sugar Ray)
09 Ahhh (feat. Chris Davis)
10 Let’s Stay Together (Together Forever) (feat. Jagged Edge)
11 Ay Papi (feat. Fat Joe)
12 Simmons Incorporated (feat. Method Man)
Run-DMC’s 5th studio album “Back from Hell” was released 1990. The 16 track album was a big change in Run-DMC’s sound as they were adopting the at this time popular R&B influenced New Jack Swing.
The only songs reminding on the “old” Run-DMC sound and style are Bob Your Head – a reggae-fied track, Word is Born and Back from Hell – which kind of continues Raising Hell in sound and title.
“Back from Hell” LP front cover
“Back from Hell” LP back cover
01 Sucker D.J.’s
02 The Ave.
03 What’s It All About
04 Bob Your Head
06 Kick The Frama Lama Lama
08 Word Is Born
09 Back from Hell
10 Don’t Stop
11 Groove to the Sound
12 P Upon a Tree
14 Livin’ in the City
15 Not Just Another Groove
16 Party Time
In 1988 Run-DMC released their 4th studio album “Tougher Than Leather”, the follow-up to the Raising Hell hit album.
The album continues to combine rock and rap in a lot of tracks, this time adding a noisy, dirty funkyness, just listen to “Mary, Mary”, “Tougher Than Leather” or “Miss Elaine”. The song “Raising Hell” from their Raising Hell album or “Rock Box” from their first album Run-D.M.C., were great as rap songs influenced by rock, but these songs took it to the next level. Run-DMC did a lot of rockish combinations on their first four records even though they are mostly credited for what they did in terms of Rap.
“Tougher Than Leather” LP front cover
“Tougher Than Leather” LP back cover
01 Run’s House
02 Mary, Mary
03 They Call Us RUN-D.M.C.
04 Beats To The Rhyme
05 Radio Station
06 Papa Crazy
07 Tougher Than Leather
08 I’m Not Going Out Like That
09 How’D Ya Do It Dee
10 Miss Elaine
11 Soul To Rock And Roll
In 2005 the album was re-released with four bonus tracks:
13 Beats To The Rhyme (Instrumental)
14 Crack (Demo)
15 Christmas In Hollies
16 Penthous Ad
In 1987 the authorized Run-DMC biography Tougher Than Leather was published. The book was written by Bill Adler. In 2002 the book was reissued with a foreword to the 2002 edition by Bill Adler.
Cover of Run-DMC’s authorized biography “Tougher Than Leather” by Bill Adler
Run-DMC’s authorized biography “Tougher Than Leather” by Bill Adler, front, back and spine cover
In 1986 Run-DMC released their 3rd studio album “Raising Hell”.
The 12 track album was the real breakthrough for Run-DMC, reaching top chart positions and moving big numbers in sales.
Most well known is probably the cover of Aerosmith’s song “Walk This Way”, which features Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Not to forget the iconic “My Adidas”, an ode to the sneakers Run-DMC were wearing, which eventually lead to an endorsement deal and long-time relationship with the Adidias brand. Another successfull singles taken from “Raising Hell” is “It’s Tricky”.
“Raising Hell” LP front cover
“Raising Hell” LP back cover
“Raising Hell” LP alternative front cover
“Raising Hell” LP alternative back cover
The album itself was available with two slightly different versions of the cover, the cover artwork being basically the same but in different colours.
01 Peter Piper
02 It’s Tricky
03 My Adidas
04 Walk This Way
05 Is It Live
07 Hit It Run
08 Raising Hell
09 You Be Illin’
10 Dumb Girl
11 Son Of Byford
12 Proud To Be Black
In 2005 the album was re-released with five bonus tracks:
13 My Adidas (A Cappella)
14 Walk This Way (Demo)
15 Lord Of Lyrics (Demo)
16 Raising Hell Radio Tour Spot
17 Live At The Apollo Raw Vocal Commercial