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Raising Hell [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import]

Run D.M.C.Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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MP3 Music, 12 Songs, 1999 $9.99  
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Audio CD, Import, Original recording reissued, 1999 $27.38  
Vinyl, Import, 2013 $32.47  
Audio Cassette, 1992 $29.97  

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listen  1. Peter Piper [Explicit]RUN-DMC 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. It's TrickyRUN-DMC 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. My AdidasRUN-DMC 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Walk This WayRUN-DMC feat. Aerosmith 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Is It LiveRUN-DMC 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. PerfectionRUN-DMC 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Hit It RunRUN-DMC 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Raising HellRUN-DMC 5:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. You Be Illin'RUN-DMC 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Dumb GirlRUN-DMC 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Son Of ByfordRUN-DMC0:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Proud To Be BlackRUN-DMC 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (June 1, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Arista Europe
  • ASIN: B00000J7IT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,952 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Run-DMC's 1986 rap masterpiece, Raising Hell, storms out of the musical gate. One of the albums that defined the transition from the old school to the new school, with its heavy rhyme sequences layered on top of drum-machine beats, and an assortment of pulse-quickening record stabs thrown in for good measure, it's relentless. The late-'80s lyricism of MCs Run and DMC is not as complex as that of today's microphone mathematicians, but that was never the point--what they lack in finesse, they more than make up in intensity, authority, and flat-out lung power. The fact that almost every line of "Peter Piper" has become the hook of another hip-hop song is a testament to the power of these originals (the "not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good" line alone has been used in countless turntablist routines).

The roots of rap/metal fusion are in here, too, with songs like "It's Tricky," "Walk this Way," and the title cut making use of distorted rock guitars and pounding drums, while "Proud to Be Black" helped launch the Afrocentric-conscious rap era of the late '80s. And "My Adidas" prefigured the brand-name fetishism that hip-hop is just beginning to get over. When it comes to beats, bumps, and b-boy bravado, there has never been anyone else like Run-DMC, and this album shows why. --Joe Schloss

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Run D.M.C. ~ Raising Hell

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best RUN-DMC album ever made..RIP Jam Master Jay November 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
By the time I was 11 years old, I had heard several RUN-DMC songs: "Sucker MCs", "Hard Times", "It's Like That", "Rock Box", "King Of Rock", "You Talk Too Much" and "Can You Rock It Like This", but I had never thought to ask for some money to buy a RUN DMC tape because I knew I had to pick and choose wisely what tapes I wanted from my folks. However, once I heard "Peter Piper" and "My Adidas" blaring out of one of my friend's boombox, I knew that I had to pick up "Raising Hell". I still remember the look that my aunt had when she looked at the title. This is definitely in my Top 25 of all rap releases of all time. The whole tape stayed in heavy rotation, along with the Beastie Boys' "Licensed To Ill" for a long time. "Peter Piper" was a way for DJ Run and DMC to pay homage to their one man band, Jam Master Jay. After Grandmaster Flash, Jam Master Jay was the first DJ who did it all. He played percussion, drums and several other instruments and he provided the infamous scratches that you always heard in all of RUN-DMC's songs. "Walk This Way", a remake to the rock group, Aerosmith's song, became the smash hit from this CD. Even MTV had to make sure this video was in heavy rotation. "Raising Hell" became the first platinum album from any rap group. "My Adidas" made everyone, no matter what race or age, want a pair of Adidas or some sort of Adidas apparel. "Is It Live" used a nice DC go go beat and Run and DMC flowed something lovely on the song. "Perfection" used a drum beat that was one of my favoites back in the day. "You Be Illin'" was a very comical track. Even when I hear the song to this day, I can't help from laughing. Run was beat boxing like Buffy from the Fat Boys on "Hit It Run" and DMC had no problem handling the lyrics by himself. Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cornerstone of Hip-Hop June 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When "Raising Hell" was released in 1986, it literally took rap music from being an underground phenomenon to setting it on the course for mainstream success and acceptance. The first rap album to go multi-platinum, top ten on the pop chart, and helped pave the way for the Beastie Boys huge success with "Licensed To Ill" which was released just three months after this album(and Run and D co-wrote "Paul Revere" and "Slow and Low"). Most importantly, there are the songs. "Peter Piper", "My Addias", "You Be Illin'",and "Walk This Way" which was responsible for helping revive Aerosmith's flagging career. This reissue also sounds much better than the original CD pressing. You can't call yourself a real hip-hop fan if you don't own this album. One of the very best of the genre.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is it April 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Before the days of the internet, I had to fly down to New York to pick up the latest 12" singles. When the Peter Piper/My Adidas single was released, it was blowing up parties everywhere, and I can remember the anticipation waiting for the new album. By chance I was in NYC the day that Raising Hell was released, and I remember seeing it/hearing it in a record store in Manhattan, and I just flipped. Everything about it was awesome. Finally a rap group that was doing it big!!! Raising Hell was so different, so tight, and it had such a live feel to it!!!
It was comparable to when the first Run DMC album came out, and me and the crew were like "What the heck is that?" If the first album said "New school is here," this album said "we're staying!!!"
Definitely an album that no hip hopper should be without. I'm finally buying the CD because all my vinyl copies have finally worn out, and this copy is for the archives.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Rap Album of All Time February 25, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I had this tape 15 years ago, loved it, lost it. I finally bought the CD again recently, and it's about my favorite album again. It makes me stomp, shout, and laugh. These guys are the masters of NY rap, also great comedians and just righteous in all respects. A MUST.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Run-DMC break barriers and RAISE HELL! June 25, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This album is the third multi-platinum release by the Krush Groovers from Hollis, Queens. The album transcends rap music and culture to a true art form. Aerosmith contibutes backround vocals and music for a stunning remake of Walk This Way. Other notable songs include My Adidas, which helped them develop their own line of shoes, It's Tricky, with Penn and Teller in that video, and You Be Illin', which was played in the feature film Half Baked. This release should appeal to people that normally don't listen to rap because of the rock fusion on some of the songs. Just looking at the cover reminds me of the mid 1980's and the evolvement of rap as a marketing force to be reckoned with in Billboard magazine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME October 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, this is easliy the best album ever. I bought it when it came out in 1986, and it is even better now. After listening to "Raising Hell" all the way through changed the way I listened to music. A perfect blend of rap and hard rock, the way rap is supposed to be. Run and DMC are the best MC's out there, and no one scratches vinyl like Jam Master Jay. You cannot call yourself a fan of rap if you have never heard this album--or if you don't like this album. Every rapper of today owes it to Run-DMC for making rap mainstream. So do yourself a favor and listen to this and I'll promise to shut up!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip Hop Classic
This is a great album. As I played the the first song, I was dancing and jumping around. If you like rap music I would buy this album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pumpkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old school hip hop
Most of the rap and hip hop today is filled with vile, degrading lyrics and repetitive, unimaginative synthesized music. This album has to be in the top 5 best every in its genre. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jack E. Mote
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School is still too cool
This is a great cd from RUN-DMC that really gives you a good sample of what these guys were capable of doing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by paul matticks
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Condition of the album is great and of course this is a hip hop classic, so I had to have it.
Published 8 months ago by Carlos Quiros
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Rap Album, 27 Years Later
Like most white kids, my introduction to rap came via Run D.M.C. and their big radio hit, "Walk This Way". Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's House? Run's House
I have always loved the 80s Rap/Hip Hop bands/groups. This was one of their best albums ever. It is a must have.
Published 10 months ago by Robin R. Cripps
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Classic Old Skool Rap
This album is a pure Platinum classic CD, nuff said! They don't make albums like this brings back memories of the 80's and 90's when music was at its best....!!
Published 11 months ago by Tony M
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
Working with producer Rick Ruben, the Queens crew made an undeniable album that forced the mainstream to cross over to hip-hop. Read more
Published 12 months ago by socalbiga
5.0 out of 5 stars the Kings
very simply put RUN DMC are the freshest and Illest ever, they are the kings of Rock there is none higher.
Published 16 months ago by Sonny
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome duh
The best hip hop album of all time with the top DJ in the genre. A staple of my childhood and should be in any hip hop fan's collection.
Published 20 months ago by amylou718
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