Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Run-DMC's 1986 rap masterpiece, Raising Hell, storms out of the musical gate. One of the albums that defined the transition from the old school to the new school, with its heavy rhyme sequences layered on top of drum-ma... more »
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Run-DMC's 1986 rap masterpiece, Raising Hell, storms out of the musical gate. One of the albums that defined the transition from the old school to the new school, with its heavy rhyme sequences layered on top of drum-machine beats, and an assortment of pulse-quickening record stabs thrown in for good measure, it's relentless. The late-'80s lyricism of MCs Run and DMC is not as complex as that of today's microphone mathematicians, but that was never the point--what they lack in finesse, they more than make up in intensity, authority, and flat-out lung power. The fact that almost every line of "Peter Piper" has become the hook of another hip-hop song is a testament to the power of these originals (the "not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good" line alone has been used in countless turntablist routines). The roots of rap/metal fusion are in here, too, with songs like "It's Tricky," "Walk this Way," and the title cut making use of distorted rock guitars and pounding drums, while "Proud to Be Black" helped launch the Afrocentric-conscious rap era of the late '80s. And "My Adidas" prefigured the brand-name fetishism that hip-hop is just beginning to get over. When it comes to beats, bumps, and b-boy bravado, there has never been anyone else like Run-DMC, and this album shows why. --Joe Schloss
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A cornerstone of Hip-Hop
Jeffrey Harris | South San Francisco, CA United States | 06/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When "Raising Hell" was released in 1986, it literally took rap music from being an underground phenomenon to setting it on the course for mainstream success and acceptance. The first rap album to go multi-platinum, top ten on the pop chart, and helped pave the way for the Beastie Boys huge success with "Licensed To Ill" which was released just three months after this album(and Run and D co-wrote "Paul Revere" and "Slow and Low"). Most importantly, there are the songs. "Peter Piper", "My Addias", "You Be Illin'",and "Walk This Way" which was responsible for helping revive Aerosmith's flagging career. This reissue also sounds much better than the original CD pressing. You can't call yourself a real hip-hop fan if you don't own this album. One of the very best of the genre."
The Greatest Rap Album of All Time
Jeffrey Harris | 02/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had this tape 15 years ago, loved it, lost it. I finally bought the CD again recently, and it's about my favorite album again. It makes me stomp, shout, and laugh. These guys are the masters of NY rap, also great comedians and just righteous in all respects. A MUST."
This is it
gersh2k | Toronto, ON, CANADA | 04/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before the days of the internet, I had to fly down to New York to pick up the latest 12" singles. When the Peter Piper/My Adidas single was released, it was blowing up parties everywhere, and I can remember the anticipation waiting for the new album. By chance I was in NYC the day that Raising Hell was released, and I remember seeing it/hearing it in a record store in Manhattan, and I just flipped. Everything about it was awesome. Finally a rap group that was doing it big!!! Raising Hell was so different, so tight, and it had such a live feel to it!!! It was comparable to when the first Run DMC album came out, and me and the crew were like "What the heck is that?" If the first album said "New school is here," this album said "we're staying!!!"Definitely an album that no hip hopper should be without. I'm finally buying the CD because all my vinyl copies have finally worn out, and this copy is for the archives."