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I've been avoiding this album. I don't know why. I guess I just don't what to write about it. Run-D.M.C. changed the hip hop world (or so I'm reading), but I don't really know much about hip hop and I don't really know much about hip hop before RUN-D.M.C.
either, so its hard to give this some context. What I do know is that Run-D.M.C. brought a more street feel to 80s hip hop. This album also has tracks like "Peter Piper" and "It's Tricky", and of course, "Walk This Way", which you will all recognize when you listen to this.
I liked this album, sure, but its just not my style. It sounds like good 80s hip hop and I really appreciate that. But 80s hip hop just isn't my scene. So, The album is great and fun to listen to, but literally, I've been posting single track reviews partly because I've had so many great tracks I wanted to share, but also (equally) because I just didn't want to write about this album. Isn't this crazy?
"Raising Hell" was a major album for Run-D.M.C. and I would say, from my readings, is what really secured them in the hip hop scene. They used samples on this album but also created their own beats. They also had Aerosmith come in and re-record new vocal and guitar parts for a cover of "Walk This Way", which is pretty cool.
Anyway, check it out, but I'm sorry if I insult any other music nuts out there because I'm not going on about how incredible this album is. Its good, but I just like a different sound. And since I'm writing this blog and these reviews with no particular affiliation or obligation to praise or maintain a specific format, I'm just saying what I really think.
- Peter Piper
- It's Tricky
- My Adidas
- Walk This Way
- Is It Live
- Hit It Run
- Raising Hell
- You Be Illin'
- Dumb Girl
- Son of Byford
- Proud To Be Black