|Studio album by Run-D.M.C.|
May 15, 1986 (U.S.)|
July 14, 1986 (UK)
|Producer||Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin|
|Singles from Raising Hell|
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Raising Hell is the third album by hip hop group Run-DMC. The 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, dismissing it as a fad.
Raising Hell spawned several hit singles, notably the groundbreaking rap rock version of Aerosmith's 1975 song "Walk This Way". In 2018, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant."
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.
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|Spin Alternative Record Guide||10/10|
|The Village Voice||A-|
Raising Hell was voted the fifth best album of 1986 in the Pazz & Jop, an annual poll of American critics nationwide, published by The Village Voice.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." Richard Cromelin was less enthusiastic in his review for the Los Angeles Times, writing that the group's style sounded somewhat repetitive and limited: "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."
In 1987, Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap - Single for "Walk This Way" (jointly awarded to both Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith).
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."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.
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.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. 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 2006, the album was chosen by Time as one of the 100 greatest albums.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".
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.
|Canadian RPM Albums Chart||32|
|New Zealand RIANZ Album Chart||8|
|UK Albums Chart||41|
|US Billboard 200||6|
|US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||1|
|US Dance Sales
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|"You Be Illin'"||29||122||-||44||-||-||-||-||42|