12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Raising Hell is a showpiece for Run-DMC’s otherworldly rap skills: The rhymes flow fast and furious, starting with scratch-propelled opener “Peter Piper.” When they pose the question, “How devastating can an MC be?” the answer is as obvious as Jam Master Jay’s sharp DJ cuts. The jumpsuit-clad hip-hop pioneers are as adept mixing it up with rock ‘n’ roll (“It’s Tricky”) as asserting cultural consciousness (“Proud to Be Black”) on an album thick with clever jazz-funk samples and the illest 808 kicks and snares. The energy doesn’t let up for a minute, even as it climaxes on their Aerosmith collab “Walk This Way.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Raising Hell is a showpiece for Run-DMC’s otherworldly rap skills: The rhymes flow fast and furious, starting with scratch-propelled opener “Peter Piper.” When they pose the question, “How devastating can an MC be?” the answer is as obvious as Jam Master Jay’s sharp DJ cuts. The jumpsuit-clad hip-hop pioneers are as adept mixing it up with rock ‘n’ roll (“It’s Tricky”) as asserting cultural consciousness (“Proud to Be Black”) on an album thick with clever jazz-funk samples and the illest 808 kicks and snares. The energy doesn’t let up for a minute, even as it climaxes on their Aerosmith collab “Walk This Way.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
166 Ratings

166 Ratings

AKH15 ,

Run-DMC Rocks!

Run-DMC is the best old school rap group there is! Their song "It's Tricky" is awesome!

IMA10splayer ,

THIS is hip hop

This is a perfect example of how hip hop should be, not about sex, drugs, breaking up, or making up , I hate rap but yet i love this song. It's fun, lively, and just great over-all. Also, there are ACTUAL instruments used and (almost) no computers/machines, who knew that was possible to make a good song?

jeremystorm11 ,

Rap that isn't pointless beats

Click yes if you think hip-hop should go back old school.

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