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Kings from Queens

By Zack Armstrong
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
June 14, 2000
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Run D.M.C. is back and back hard with the debut of their second album, Kings of Rock. These boys from Hollis are sure to make Rap mainstream with their experimental combination of Rap and Hip Hop with a little bit of Hard-core Rock.

While this could be seen on their first album, Run D.M.C., in the distorted electric guitar in the song "Rock Box," they push it full force with this new work. They continue to thump the hard beats and amaze with their daring lyrics, only now, they are pulling a little bit more from their love of the kind of heavy edge that only Rock can supply.

Steering away from the traditional "singles only" genre that most rappers work in, Run D.M.C. is focusing on whole albums, putting together a complete and flowing piece of art instead of simply small fragments. This visionary approach to their type of music is sure to take it even further into the public's view.

All of this plus their mix with Rock is sure to make the population of Caucasians in this country take notice of the talent and skills that can be found outside of their top 40 worlds, which is precisely what this country needs.

Most people today have no appreciation for the talents of real rappers, so Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell were smart enough to take a bit of what is popular and use that to make their voices heard.

I, for one, couldn't be happier.

A mixing of different ethnic cultures is exactly what we need in the U.S. of A. I won't be happy until the richest white kids are bumping along to the freshest ghetto beats and the black boys from Harlem can't get enough of Huey Lewis and the News.

If anyone can get us there, it's Run D.M.C. I just bought head to toe Adidas gear and a big, fat, gold chain. I'm going to put it all on and head down to Queens today to make some new friends.

They have to love me if I take my time, and cut a rhyme, with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Ah, yeah!

Whether you buy all my cultural unity babble or not, get to the record stores and buy this album. If you still have money left over, buy some Adidas jumpsuits. Take your friend with you, get a matching set and listen to the music. I don't know why, but it heightens the enjoyment level of the album 10-fold.

And keep your eyes and ears open for some followers to start coming through the doors these boys have opened. They might be a public enemy right now or guys with attitudes, but it will only be a matter of time before they try to make their mark.

So, until then, I ask you this:

"Can you rock like this?"

"I can rock like that."

"Can you rock like this?"

"I can rock like that."


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