Sunday, May 25, 2008

579. Run-DMC - Raising Hell (1986)

Track Listing

1. Peter Piper
2. It's Tricky
3. My Adidas
4. Walk This Way
5. Is It Love
6. Perfection
7. Hit It Run
8. Raising Hell
9. You Be Illin'
10. Dumb Girl
11. Son Of Byford
12. Proud To Be Black


Remember the days when sampling of a track by a mainstream hip hop group could actually make that track better? Well, I do, and I have some very great memories of that time. I was 4 then.

Run-DMC do just that and not only with Walk This Way by Aerosmith but also with My Sharona in It's Tricky. And it sounds stronger, angrier and also funner. And the album is all of it amazing, one of the best hip-hop albums of all time.

There is not one track here that is less than great, and they are all pretty complex, there is plenty of thought put behind the sampling and the arrangements and it all comes out perfect, and the beat are fucking vicious here, they attack you in a good way making for some of the catchiest tunes in all of music. And it pre-figures a lot of future hip-hop but also many other kinds of music that have used sampling since then, be it Beck or The Avalanches. Oh and I wear Adidas because of track number 3.


1. It's Tricky
2. My Adidas
3. Walk This Way
4. Peter Piper

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Notably, Raising Hell features the well-known collaboration with Aerosmith, "Walk This Way". While the song was not the first fusion of rock and hip hop, it was the first one to make a significant impact in the charts. It became the first rap song to crack the top 5 of The Billboard Hot 100. Raising Hell peaked at #1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop Album chart, and at #6 on the Billboard 200.

It's Tricky:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

this is such a groundbreaking record. i have one older friend who still gets totally excited if he tells stories about that time (and the 1987 tour through Europe where he saw them performing). and still it's so strange because if you grew up knowing rap music all the time you can hardly understand what a musical "revelation" this must have been.