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The band that brought hip-hop to the masses.

"Raising Hell is the first great rap album ever. I like Run, but I love DMC. No one ever sounded like DMC; no one ever looks like DMC. He's like a superhero. Raising Hell is probably Rick Rubin's best record. "It's Tricky" is a weird song because it's so gangsta and pop at the same time. There's a track on there, "Hit It Run", which is just DMC with Run doing the human beatbox: "I leave all suckers in the dust/Those dumb motherfuckers can't mess with us." It was actually the first time I heard a guy curse on a record."
— Comedian Chris Rock, who placed Raising Hell on number 4 in his personal list of Top 25 Rap Albums, published in Rolling Stone in 2006.

Raising Hell is the third album by Run–D.M.C.. Released in 1986, it broke hip-hop out of the underground and into the mainstream. It reached triple-platinum status all across the world, mostly the result of the hit single "Walk This Way", a cover of and collaboration with Aerosmith that is generally credited with sparking a high-profile Career Resurrection for the latter.

Many music fans see it as one of the best hip-hop albums in history. The album was listed at #123 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time and Time Magazine included the record in their 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.



Side One

  1. "Peter Piper" (3:25)
  2. "It's Tricky" (3:03)
  3. "My Adidas" (2:47)
  4. "Walk This Way" (5:17)
  5. "Is It Live" (3:06)
  6. "Perfection" (2:52)

Side Two

  1. "Hit It Run" (3:10)
  2. "Raising Hell" (5:31)
  3. "You Be Illin'" (3:26)
  4. "Dumb Girl" (3:31)
  5. "Son of Byford" (0:27)
  6. "Proud to Be Black" (3:14)

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