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Raising Hell (album)

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Raising Hell
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 15, 1986[1]
RecordedJanuary–March 1986
StudioChung King Studios
Genre
Length39:46
LabelProfile, Arista
ProducerRussell Simmons, Rick Rubin
Run–D.M.C. chronology
King of Rock
(1985)
Raising Hell
(1986)
Tougher Than Leather
(1988)
Singles from Raising Hell
  1. "My Adidas"
    Released: May 29, 1986
  2. "Walk This Way"
    Released: July 4, 1986
  3. "You Be Illin'"
    Released: October 21, 1986
  4. "It's Tricky"
    Released: February 8, 1987

Raising Hell is the third album by hip hop group Run-D.M.C. released on May 15, 1986 by Profile Records. The album was produced by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin.

Raising Hell became the first Platinum and multi-Platinum rap album in the history of hip-hop.[2][3] The album was first certified as Platinum on July 15, 1986, before it was certified as 3x Platinum by the RIAA on April 24, 1987.[1]

In 1987, Raising Hell was nominated for a Grammy Award.[4] In the same year for this album Run-D.M.C. was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Rap Album at the 1987 Soul Train Music Awards. In 2018, it was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant".[5]

Raising Hell peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard 200, and number 1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart.

The album features four Billboard singles that also hit the UK Singles Chart: "My Adidas", "Walk This Way", "You Be Illin'" and "It's Tricky".[6] The group's most famous single, the groundbreaking rap rock version of Aerosmith's 1975 song "Walk This Way", is considered to be the first rap rock collaboration that also brought hip-hop into the mainstream.[7]

The album was reissued by Arista Records in 1999 and 2003. An expanded and remastered edition was released in 2005 and contained 5 previously unreleased songs.

Background

Returning home to Queens in late 1985 after their extensive touring, they soon put themselves on lockdown at Chung King studios in Manhattan for three months. In place of producer Smith, a cocky new maverick was brought in: Rick Rubin. Even though Rubin's and Russell's names were on the production marquee, the two non-group members oversaw and added to the music on Raising Hell more than create it. "Rick and Russell got production credit, but we [the group members] really did everything", DMC states. "We did that album in like three months. It was so quick because every rhyme was written on the road and had been practiced and polished. We knew what we wanted to do. Rick was all music and instruments. Jay was music and DJing. And me and Run was lyrics. We definitely had a game plan."[8]

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 singles "Rock Box" and "King of Rock" were), it was the first such fusion significantly impacting 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 Top R&B Albums chart as the first hip hop/rap album to do so, and at No. 6 on the Billboard 200.[9]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[10]
Chicago Tribune4/4 stars[11]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[12]
Pitchfork7.7/10[13]
Q5/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[15]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[16]
Spin Alternative Record Guide10/10[17]
Uncut4/5 stars[18]
The Village VoiceA−[19]

Raising Hell was voted fifth best album of 1986 in the Pazz & Jop poll of American critics nationwide, published by The Village Voice.[20] Robert Christgau, the poll's creator, wrote in a contemporary review: "Without benefit of a 'Rock Box' or 'King of Rock,' this is [Run–D.M.C.'s] most uncompromising and compelling album, all hard beats and declaiming voices."[19]

In the Los Angeles Times, Richard Cromelin wrote: "If the same old boasts are wearing thin and the misogyny gets grating, the beats are infectious and varied and the vocal trade-offs can be dazzling."[21]

It ranked number 8 among the "Albums of the Year" in NME.[22]

In 1987, the Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap - Single was jointly awarded to Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith for "Walk This Way".[23]

In 1989, the Toronto Star music critics took to look over the albums they had reviewed in the past 10 years to include in a list based on "commercial impact to social import, to strictly musical merit."[24] Raising Hell was placed at number four on the list, describing it as "the record to move rap from the ghetto to the suburbs. Blame it or celebrate it, you can't deny Raising Hell's impact.[24]

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'." Vibe (12/99, p. 162) – Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century.[25] 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." 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 2003, the album was ranked number 123 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time,[26] maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list.[27]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".[28]

In 2006, the album was chosen by Time as one of the 100 greatest albums.[29] 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".[30]

In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at No. 65 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".[31]

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.[32] In Hip Hop Connection, he ranked the album at number one in his top ten (which also included Tougher Than Leather) and said: "It was the first record that made me realise this was an album-oriented genre."[33]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Peter Piper" 3:25
2."It's Tricky" 3:03
3."My Adidas" 2:47
4."Walk This Way" (featuring Aerosmith)Steven Tyler, Joe Perry5:11
5."Is It Live" 3:07
6."Perfection" 2:52
7."Hit It Run" 3:10
8."Raising Hell" 5:32
9."You Be Illin'"Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell, Raymond White3:26
10."Dumb Girl" 3:31
11."Son of Byford" 0:27
12."Proud to Be Black" 3:15
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."My Adidas" (a cappella) 2:31
14."Walk This Way" (demo)Steven Tyler, Joe Perry5:25
15."Lord of Lyrics" 4:30
16."Raising Hell Radio Tour Spot" 0:52
17."Live at the Apollo Raw Vocal Commercial" 3:28

Accolades

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
The Guardian United Kingdom 100 Albums that Don't Appear in All Other Top 100 Album Lists[34] 1999 45
Record Collector Hip Hop: the American Urban Ghetto Finally Finds its Voice[35] 2005 -
The New Nation Top 100 Albums by Black Artists[36] 2005 96
The Guardian 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die[37] 2007 -
Q Ultimate Music Collection[38] 2016 -
Q The Greatest Albums Of The Last 30 Years... 476 Modern Classics[39] 2016 -
Rickey Vincent United States Five Star Albums from "FUNK: The MUSIC, the PEOPLE, and the RHY[40] 1996 -
Rolling Stone The Essential 200 Rock Records[41] 1997 -
The Source 100 Best Rap Albums[42] 1998 -
Ego Trip Hip-Hop's Greatest Albums By Year 1979-85[43] 1999 8
Gear The 100 Greatest Albums of the Century 1999 80
Blender The 100 Greatest American Albums of All time[44] 2002 46
Pitchfork The Top 100 Albums of the 1980s[45] 2002 43
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time[46] 2003 123
Spin Top 100 (+5) Albums of the Last 20 Years[47] 2005 40
Time Top 100 Albums of All Time[48] 2006 -
Treble The Best Albums of the 80s, by Year[49] 2006 9
Entertainment Weekly The 100 Best Albums from 1983 to 2008[50] 2008 38
Tom Moon 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die[51] 2008 -
Chris Smith 101 Albums that Changed Popular Music[52] 2009 -
Spin The 125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years[53] 2010 38
Robert Dimery 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (Updated 2013)[54] 2012 -
bLisTerd The Top 100 Albums Of The 1980s[55] 2012 14
Paste The 80 Best Albums of the 1980s[56] 2012 -
Slant The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s[57] 2012 65
XXL 40 Years of Hip-Hop: Top 5 Albums by Year[58] 2014 -
Spin The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985-2014)[59] 2015 166
The Village Voice Pazz & Jop: Top 10 Albums By Year, 1971-2017[60] 2018 5
Pause & Play Albums Inducted into a Time Capsule, One Album per Week[61] 204

Chart positions

Album

Chart (1986) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[62] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[63] 1
UK Albums Chart[64] 41
New Zealand RIANZ Album Chart[65] 8
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[66] 32

Singles

Year Single Chart positions
US
[67]
US R&B
[68]
US Rap
[69]
US Dance
[70]
US Dance Sales
[71]
AUS
[72]
CAN
[73]
NZ
[65]
UK
[6]
1986 "My Adidas" 5 33 10 62
"Walk This Way" 4 8 6 13 9 6 1 8
"You Be Illin'" 29 12 44 42
1987 "It's Tricky" 57 21 30 47 16

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[74] 3xPlatinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also

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