Raising Hell

Label
Arista
Running length
18 tracks
Running time
61:39

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 RUN-DMC - Peter Piper 3:23 23,326
2 RUN-DMC - It's Tricky 3:03 79,886
3 RUN-DMC - My Adidas 2:47 22,998
4 RUN-DMC Featuring Aerosmith - Walk This Way 5:11 13,977
5 RUN-DMC - Is It Live 3:07 3,809
6 RUN-DMC - Perfection 2:51 3,532
7 RUN-DMC - Hit It Run 3:11 6,152
8 RUN-DMC - Raising Hell 5:32 5,562
9 RUN-DMC - You Be Illin' 3:26 11,742
10 RUN-DMC - Dumb Girl 3:33 3,459
11 RUN-DMC - Son Of Byford 0:27 73
12 RUN-DMC - Proud To Be Black 3:14 3,195
13 Run-D.M.C. - My Adidas (A Cappella) 2:31 1,506
14 Run-D.M.C. - Walk This Way (Demo) 5:25 2,915
15 Run-D.M.C. - Lord of Lyrics (Demo) 4:30 2,340
16 Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell Radio Tour Spot 0:52 3,267
17 Run-D.M.C. - Live At The Apollo Raw Vocal Commercials 3:27 81
Run-D.M.C. - Walk This Way - Album Version 5:09 52

About this album

Raising Hell is the third album by hip-hop group Run-D.M.C…

This 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. Time Magazine, naming it #41 of the 100 best albums of the past fifty years, has stated that the album was “rap’s first masterpiece”.

Notably, 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 #1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop Album chart, and at #6 on the Billboard 200.

The song “It’s Tricky” would later be featured as the theme song of the game SSX Tricky, and later redone by the band Bloodhound Gang.

It ranked fourth on Chris Rock’s list of the Top 25 Hip-Hop Albums of all time, and the comedian called it “the first great rap album ever”

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’.”

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