Raising Hell (album)
|Studio album by Run–D.M.C.|
|Released|| May 15, 1986
July 14, 1986
|Genre||Hip hop, rap rock|
|Producer||Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin|
|Singles from Raising Hell|
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Raising Hell is the third album by hip hop group Run–D.M.C.. The breakthrough album trumped standing perceptions of commercial viability for hip-hop groups, achieving triple-platinum status and receiving critical attention from quarters that had previously ignored hip hop as a fad.
Raising Hell features the well-known cover "Walk This Way" featuring Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. While the song was not the group's first fusion of rock and hip hop (the group's earlier single "Rock Box" was), it was the first such fusion to make a significant impact on the charts, becoming the first rap song to crack the top 5 of The Billboard Hot 100. Raising Hell peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop Album chart as the first hip hop/rap album to do so, and at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
|The Daily Vault||(A)|
In 1998, the album appeared in The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.
Q magazine (12/99, p. 162) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...the apex of pre-Public Enemy, beatbox-based hip hop, a monument of massive, crisp beats plus the genre-bending 'Walk This Way'."
Uncut (11/03, p. 130) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[An album] that forced the music biz to take rap seriously."
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p. 126) - "[T]he pioneering trio took hip-hop into the upper reaches of the pop charts, introducing mainstream to a new urban thunder: rap rock." (It is the earliest hip-hop album to get a 5-star review from Rolling Stone).
AllMusic - 5 stars out of 5 - "...the music was fully realized and thoroughly invigorating, rocking harder and better than any of its rock or rap peers in 1986..."
In 2006, the album was chosen by TIME as one of the 100 greatest albums. Time named it No. 41 of the 100 best albums of the past fifty years and stated that the album was "rap's first masterpiece".
In 1987, Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap - Single for "Walk This Way" (jointly awarded to both Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith)
Public Enemy's Chuck D considers Raising Hell to be the greatest hip-hop album of all-time, and the reason he chose to sign with Def Jam Records.
- "Peter Piper" – 3:25
- Samples "Take Me to Mardi Gras" by Bob James
- "It's Tricky" – 3:03
- "My Adidas" (McDaniels/Rubin) – 2:47
- "Walk This Way" – 5:17
- "Is It Live" – 3:06
- "Perfection" – 2:52
- "Hit It Run" – 3:10
- Samples "Rocket in the Pocket" by Cerrone
- "Raising Hell" – 5:31
- "You Be Illin'" – 3:26
- "Dumb Girl" – 3:31
- "Son of Byford" – :27
- "Proud to Be Black" – 3:14
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
- "My Adidas" (a cappella) – 2:32
- "Walk This Way" (demo) – 5:26
- "Lord of Lyrics" (demo) – 4:30
- "Raising Hell Radio Tour Spot" – 0:53
- "Live at the Apollo Raw Vocal Commercial" – 3:28
Billboard Music Charts (North America)
|1986||Walk This Way||Billboard Hot 100 (U.S.)||4|
|1986||You Be Illin'||Billboard Hot 100 (U.S.)||29|
|1987||It's Tricky||Billboard Hot 100 (U.S.)||57|
|1987||My Adidas||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||5|
|1987||Walk This Way||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||8|
|1986||You Be Illin'||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||12|
|1986||Walk This Way||Hot Dance Music/Club Play||6|
|1986||You Be Illin'||Hot Dance Music/Club Play||44|
|1986||My Adidas||Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||10|
|1986||Walk This Way||Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||13|
|1987||It's Tricky||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||21|
|1987||It's Tricky||Hot Dance Music/Club Play||30|
|1987||It's Tricky||Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||47|
|1987||You Be Illin'||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||50|
|2000||My Adidas||Hot Rap Singles||33|
Vinyl sleeves and labeling
- There are at least two color schemes for this LP. One is a purple front photo with lime green writing and a red back photo with teal writing. Another is a green front photo with rose letters and a teal back photo and orange letters.
- There are some pressings that are mislabeled on both sides as side 2, though the grooves in the vinyl are etched correctly.
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