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Raising Hell

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Peter Piper
It's Tricky
My Adidas
Walk This Way
Artist: RUN-DMC feat. Aerosmith
Is It Live
Hit It Run
Raising Hell
You Be Illin'
Dumb Girl
Son Of Byford
Proud To Be Black
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 39:41

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Loud-and-proud staccato flows from a group that put hip-hop over the top
2005 | Label: Arista

There's no mistaking Run-DMC's loud-and-proud staccato flows for today's crop of mumbly-even-when-they-shout rappers; if one thing dates the trio's rhymes, it's that they sound like they're having fun lobbing lines back-and-forth, rather than monomaniacally droning through gangsta clichés. (Just listen to the way Run shouts "Ronald's!" to DMC's "Those burgers are…" set-up on the 27-second personal history lesson "Son of Byford.") It's no surprise why Raising Hell became one of the first hip-hop albums to… read more »

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RUN DMC Raising Hell


An all-time classic. Never gets old.

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This is worth the cost!


If you love Old School Rap, this is a must-own! Great clean lyrics, still fresh and cool. No racial slurs or disrepecting women here!!!!!

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Run DMC Raising Hell


This site is f----n terrible! I cancelled my account within minutes of signing up. Itunes and Rhapsody are so much better than this s--t site. Hey Emusic, why don't you stop screwing everyone and let people pick and choose what songs they want rather than forcing everyone to spend their credits on s-----y songs they don't want. You suck!

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one of hip hop's greatest



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Wow! Way to screw your customers!


So some people may just want My Adidas or Walk This Way but emusic is gonna force them to buy the whole album!?! I think the whole album is great, but I signed up for emusic cause they didn't force nonsense on you like iTunes. They're doing everything they can to drive fans away...

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Rap classic


If you were in high school in the late 80s, you had this tape. Pure lyrical power rap with the rock thing mixed in. Many hours spent with this tape in my Walkman while mowing the lawn!

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my first tape...


me and my sis went in on it. a brilliant album, no doubt. Listened to it until it wore out. That having been said; I can still recite Son of Byford any time of day, so why the fuck should I have to burn a song credit on a 27 second-long track in order to get the two album-only tracks?

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By their third album, Run-D.M.C. were primed for a breakthrough into the mainstream, but nobody was prepared for a blockbuster on the level of Raising Hell. Run-D.M.C. and King of Rock had established the crew’s fusion of hip-hop and hard rock, but that sound didn’t blossom until Raising Hell, partially due to the presence of Rick Rubin as producer. Rubin loved metal and rap in equal measures and he knew how to play to the strengths of both, while slipping in commercial concessions that seemed sly even when they borrowed from songs as familiar as “My Sharona” (heard on “It’s Tricky”). Along with longtime Run-D.M.C. producer Russell Simmons, Rubin blew down the doors of what hip-hop could do with Raising Hell because it reached beyond rap-rock and found all sorts of sounds outside of it. Sonically, there is simply more going on in this album than any previous rap record — more hooks, more drum loops (courtesy of ace drum programmer Sam Sever), more scratching, more riffs, more of everything. Where other rap records, including Run-D.M.C.’s, were all about the rhythm, this is layered with sounds and ideas, giving the music a tangible flow. But the brilliance of this record is that even with this increased musical depth, it still rocks as hard as hell, and in a manner that brought in a new audience. Of course, the cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” complete with that band’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, helped matters considerably, since it gave an audience unfamiliar with rap an entry point, but if it were just a novelty record, a one-shot fusion of rap and rock, Raising Hell would never have sold three million copies. No, the music was fully realized and thoroughly invigorating, rocking harder and better than any of its rock or rap peers in 1986, and years later, that sense of excitement is still palpable on this towering success story for rap in general and Run-D.M.C. in specific. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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