Thirty years ago on May 4, 1993, Run-DMC made one of the greatest comebacks in Hip-Hop history with the release of their 6th studio album Down With The King. To understand the significance of this feat we have to go back a few years.
Coming off an amazing four-album run ending with the platinum album Tougher Than Leather (which turns 35 on May 17th), Run-DMC released their 5th studio album Back From Hell in 1990 to lackluster sales. Did Run-DMC fall off? Did the emergence of gangsta rap push them off to the side? For those old enough to remember, it was sad to see your Hip-Hop heroes take a fall. Then in 1991, a 12-inch remix came out for the single "Back From Hell" featuring Chuck D and Ice Cube and fans took notice.
It would be two more years before anyone would hear from Run-DMC again. In March of 1993, a new single and video “Down With The King” debuted on Yo! MTV Raps featuring the new Hip-Hop Gods Pete Rock and CL Smooth paying homage to The Kings calling back verses from Sucker MCs over a dope signature Pete Rock beat. Were they back? It seemed so, the video would be in constant rotation on Ralph McDaniels Video Music Box, YO!, BET’s Rap City and before the internet, you could find a TV station called The Juke Box Network by fine-tuning your antenna and dialing up a 976 or 1-900 number to play the video on demand. Fans watched it over and over to catch all the cameos, everyone from Eazy-E to the Native Tongues Family of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest made an appearance in the video.
The anticipation was building, but would the album live up to the lead single that knocked it out of the park? On May 4, 1993, the album dropped on CD, Cassette, and Vinyl. Run-DMC enlisted The Bomb Squad from Public Enemy, Q-Tip, EPMD, Jermaine Dupri, Kay Gee of Naughty By Nature, and Pete Rock to produce the album with a special appearance by Tom Morello rocking out his guitar emulating DJ scratches he made famous with Rage Against The Machine. Run-DMC ditched their Adidas for Timberlands, DMC got rid of his signature glasses, Jam Master Jay rocked a ski hat, Run sported sunglasses, and all three were decked out head to toe in black. Their rhyming was as enthusiastic and powerful as they were on their debut album from 10 years prior. Run-DMC, the self-proclaimed Kings of Rock and original Kings of Hip Hop were indeed back. The album debuted at #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts and #7 on the Billboard 200 and would go Gold selling over 500,000 copies within two months of its release. RIP Jam Master Jay
Get On Down is proud to present a 30 Year Anniversary pressing on double-colored vinyl with numbered OBI in a gatefold jacket bundled with a colored 45 in a picture sleeve of "Down With The King" b/w "Come On Everybody"
A2 Come On Everybody feat Q-Tip
A3 Can I Get It, Yo feat EPMD
B1 Hit 'Em Hard
B2 To The Maker
B3 3 In The Head
B4 Ooh, Whatcha Gonna Do
C1 Big Willie feat Tom Morello
C2 Three Little Indians
C3 In The House
D1 Can I Get A Witness
D2 Get Open feat Onyx
D3 What's Next feat Mad Cobra
D4 Wreck Shop
D5 For 10 Years
Recruiting suckers mackin' mic, and makin' men of 'em
Tears and fears for my peers, they rippin'
You think that it is, it is, if not it isn't
Race for the border my daughter, cause beats you're bangin' out
Jeeps rockin' beats in the streets when there's time for hangin' out
Gather, or rather form a circle around a loud
'Cause brothers or others could never ever rock a crowd
Is it because he's runnin' off with the mouth
Or was he really clearly tryin' to play a nigga out
Nope, shut him down, the king with a crown
'Cause all you wanna be is Diggy Down