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Raising Hell

Run-D.M.C.

1986

Raising Hell

Album Summary

Raising Hell is the third studio album by American hip hop group Run-D.M.C., released on May 15, 1986, by Profile Records. The album was produced by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. Raising Hell became the first Platinum and multi-Platinum hip hop record. The album was first certified as Platinum on July 15, 1986, before it was certified as 3× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on April 24, 1987.Raising Hell peaked at number three on the Billboard 200, and number one on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart making it the first hip hop record reach atop the latter. The album features four hit singles: "My Adidas", "Walk This Way" (a collaboration with Aerosmith), "You Be Illin'" and "It's Tricky". "Walk This Way" is the group's most famous single, being a groundbreaking rap rock version of Aerosmith's 1975 song "Walk This Way". It is considered to be the first rap rock collaboration that also brought hip-hop into the mainstream and was the first song by a hip hop act to reach the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100.Raising Hell has been ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 1987, it was nominated for a Grammy Award, making Run DMC the first hip hop act to receive a nomination. In the same year for this album Run-D.M.C. was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Rap Album at the 1987 Soul Train Music Awards. In 2018, it was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant". The album was reissued by Arista Records in 1999 and 2003. An expanded and remastered edition was released in 2005 and contained 5 previously unreleased songs. Selling more than three million copies, Raising Hell is credited with heralding the golden age of hip hop as well as hip hop's album era, helping the genre achieve an unprecedented level of recognition among critics.

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Rating

3.52

Votes

5442

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

I have been known to be wildly inconsistent with my reactions to expensive items. I will happily overpay for a pair of jeans, and later that same day bemoan the state of the world when an ice-cream costs a fiver, despite both items having a similar manufacturing cost. My biggest blind spot in terms of this is with prostitutes. In Amsterdam I will greedily piss away thousands on the women in the windows, but when I'm in Barnsley, I wouldn't pay a tenner for a handjob. Even though it all leads to the same result. What I'm trying to say is, Run DMC are really good value for money. I think.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

I relate very strongly to the song about someone going to KFC and accidentally ordering a Big Mac.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

The cover of Walk This Way charted higher than Aerosmith's original and is one of the most important and pivotal tracks in hip-hop history and I would gladly give this album 8 stars if I could for that track alone. Also I wish the honkies that run this thing would give us more rap and hip-hop.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Finally a non-rock album, feels like I've been waiting so long. This shit is classic, every song on here is catchy af. This is the kinda shit I was waiting for.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

A classic, defining album in hip hop history. One of the first mainstream albums that lead us to hip hop as we know it today. Wonderful MCs with masterful production from two of the best to ever do it.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Fucking classic. Just a legendary album with many iconic tracks.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

These guys are also absolute pioneers of an entire genre and played a key role in bringing it to the mainstream, with some of the tracks from this album at the heart of that. Some people might say inventing rap/rock was perhaps not the greatest gift to music 😂 but the impact of their cover of Walk This Way is immeasurable. Plus it's pure vibes as a listening experience! 9/10

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Sun Jun 06 2021
5

Run DMC had been making waves already, but this is the album that helped them and Hip Hop cross-over to the mainstream. Loaded with iconic tracks, and oozing with swagger, this is a must for old school Hip Hop.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

10/10 energy. So many iconic samples that have been lifted from this album that your memory will recall throughout. So ahead of its time.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

If there’s anything to bring me back to a 9 y/o version of myself skateboarding, shoplifting, and trespassing it’s this album.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Here's another one that I could write paragraphs about. This album, along with Licensed to Ill and LL's BAD, were the foundation for my love for hip hop. I'm certain that I'm far from alone there as Raising Hell was the first platinum hip hop album and with the smash success of the Walk This Way crossover. For me, this album is as much about Jay's DJing and Rick Rubin's production as it is the rhymes. Granted, they lean heavily on the hard guitar riffs but once again it's a case of "is too much of a great thing a bad thing?" Along with the commercial breakthrough legacy of this album it's also a landmark transition from earlier 80s hip-hop in how clean and precise the production and scratching is. Compare and contrast to Paid in Full, for example. It's an 80s style but still easily holds up today. Four undeniable classics right at the top, along with the title track later, lead the way in making this an easy top 5-10 hip-hop album of the 80s. In fairness, some of the later tracks don't stand out as much on their own but that's a hard ask when up against so many hits. Still solid enough to hold it all together. It has to be a 4-4.5 for the music, but for influence and legacy, sentimentality, and personal enjoyment this is a slam dunk 5 for me.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

This feels so iconic. I love the minimalist Rick Rubin production. A lot of the time the tracks dispense with anything more than beats and just let the MCs do their thing. "Walk This Way" was the big breakthrough, crossover hit, but the album is full of other tunes that pack just as much punch. The lyrics are still echoed in hip hop.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Amazing bars, wordplay, and arrangements define this LP. An absolute blast to listen to.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

Oh man the drum machines on this! Especially the 808s! The interplay of the MCs sounds a little dated now but if you think about it that'd be hard as hell to pull off - like constantly doing alley-oops on the basketball court.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Oh yeah, this was pretty great! Sometimes listening to old school hip-hop can be a bit of a chore, as the rhymes can sound basic and dated, and the attitudes can be, uh, regressive, but this still sounded pretty fresh! I guess the amount of rock music being sampled (and the Aerosmith collab) make this much more accessible to my goblin-pale ass. In the version of the album I listened to there was a bonus track of them recording a commercial for some live dates, and they refer to themself as "Rap n' Roll", and YES, that's a great label! Fave track - all the singles were great - also liked "Proud to be Black" for the Tubman reference!

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

What a four track run Peter Piper, It's Tricky, My Adidas and Walk This Way is. I needed a little sit down after that. The rest of the album, as good as it is, is a bit underwhelming in comparison.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Such a fun and cheesy romp. I see why this is such a historical album, kicking of hip hops golden age. Great rhymes and lyrics, and even better beats. The only issue I have with it is the fact that it’s a little too samey throughout, in regards to flow in particular. Hats off to Aerosmith for showing up and playing their own sample and joining in on the fun, too. Baller move.

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

Energiskt, och låter före sin tid. Aldrig tråkigt.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

The first thing to strike the contemporary listener is how antiquated the album sounds. I mean this neither as condemnation nor praise, but just observation. It sounds exactly how a major hip-hop act would sound in 1986. So, with that qualifier, the album is still rather fun. The shared duties and alternations between the lads still delights. Easily a 4-starrer. However, there isn't quite a sense of flow between the songs. Raising Hell feels more like a collection of songs than a cohesive album. This is not a flaw per se, but I can't declare it a masterpiece.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Classic old-school Hip-Hop Rock, most songs have a fairly simple hook or lyric but the verses are where they really shine. I never realized how much Beastie Boyz picked up from Run DMC, the influence is super obvious here. Raising Hell stood out, that was a great tune. Good mix of goofy tunes with some serious punchy ones.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

YES! Montag morgen, am Weg in die Arbeit, irgendwie war ich bissl schneller! Bei denen reichts auch einfach wenn nur die drums und das gerappe sind. Macht einfach voll Spaß!

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Kaikki isot hitit, hyvin kulkee vaikka selkeä oman aikansa levy.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Man, that's just good. The only reason it doesn't rate a five is because the beats get REALLY repetitive when listening to a whole album. But every track, taken by itself, is a banger.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

Bisschen lahme Drum Machine die ganze Zeit. Das Lied mit Aerosmith ist fett

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Sat Feb 13 2021
3

Fun in doses.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Thought I’d love this album but for some reason it fell short of expectations. A few really great tracks in there - It’s Tricky, My Adidas, Walk this Way - but ultimately the other tracks just blended into one another. I’ve always felt with Run DMC that if you’ve heard one of their tracks you’ve heard them all. I get their importance in hip hop and you wouldn’t have bands such as The Beastie Boys without them, but I’d just rather listen to the Beastie Boys. Pioneers no doubt, but there’s a reason I’ve never really listened to a full Run DMC album before.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

3 car y'a des tracks dégueulasses

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

An ode to the cow bell, which never fails to improve a song and here creates the impression that the boys are tap dancing around the beat. The only other punctuation is Jam Master Jay's guitarless rock beats and the boys' punched-out vocals.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

Ahh it's pretty good for what it is, isn't it? I'd never stick it on at home, but yeah, sound. If it was an item of furniture, it'd be a diamond encrusted lamp shade that screams "Tricky" every time you turn it on.

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Sat May 22 2021
2

Unsure if just dated or really that bad. Terrible cliche lyrics and terrible production on most tracks. Truly irritating kick drum plastered over almost every track. Only gets 2 because of Get Tricky being a classic

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Sat Jan 15 2022
2

I know Run DMC is one of the most influential rap groups but I just can't stand rap "groups". Having 1 guy rap and a bunch of others help finish every sentence is just annoying as hell. And then the "music" on this album sounds like it was made on a shitty Casio keyboard using the drum beats setting. It sounds like the producer said "Let's crank up the bass drum and make the rest sound far away in an echo chamber." Bonus star only for being so influential to music.

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Tue Sep 08 2020
5

Arguably THE album that shaped the path of 80s hip-hop, this is simply one of the best

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Mon Sep 21 2020
5

4.5/5. A bit samey throughout (songs blending into each other although that's certainly a curse of younger ears than the record), but this is certainly a classic. Didn't expect to really enjoy the rap-rock combination as much as I did, but it goes hard. Glad to have heard this. Standout Tracks: Peter Piper, It's Tricky, Hit It Run, Raising Hell

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

True classic. Att den fortfarande funkar efter 35 år är magi.

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Thu Oct 29 2020
5

Tidy AF

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Tue Jan 12 2021
5

jo geht, kannte tatsächlich schon ein paar der Lieder und die sind auch echt vibes. Aber so ganz 100% überzeugt bin ich nicht.

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Mon May 31 2021
5

I forgot how high energy they are.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
5

Bangers!

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

Another album that I've never heard all the way through. I've already stated that hip hop isn't normally in my wheelhouse, but this one is objectively great and definitely deserves a place on this list. 5 stars.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

Certified classic!

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Such a fun album! Brings back so many memories! Loved it.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

OK sounds like tiktok cringe tok

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Rap rock at its finest and most innovative

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Great hip hop classic

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Tue Apr 27 2021
5

One of the great early rap albums. You Be Illin' is one of the earliest songs I remember listening to, and Walk This Way is just an insane rock/rap crossover. These guys are just having a shit ton of fun, and it really shows Already Saved: It's Tricky, Walk This Way, You Be Illin' Saved After Listening: Is It Live, Raising Hell

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

love that shit. great fun. love when they go back and forth on like every other word. it's tricky will always be a bop

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

first album renerated here, was listening to this the other day

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

Great album, tricky a good example of the overlaying vocals shouting over each other

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Sat Apr 24 2021
5

obvs good. my typa music

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Fri May 28 2021
5

27th May 2021 Listened on a cycle in to the understudy to meet Douggie. Turned up on time but he's late. Late 80s rap and hip hop? 5 stars all the way.

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Mon May 24 2021
5

Loved it. Definitely going back for future listens.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Top-5 songs are great, tails off after that

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Thu May 20 2021
5

banger

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

Run DMC is on fire. Lyrics are so smooth, both MCs are locked in. JamMasyer Jay's beats are incredible. Flow is good for album choices. Great classic rap/hip hop group and album.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Awesome

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Sun May 16 2021
5

I had never listened to rap or hip hop before, so I was skeptical about this one. I decided to start out with the s/t before this album, and I pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable the experience was. I ended up listening to early hip hop all day! This a must-listen for sure and I'll keep going back to this one. Peter Piper has some of the most creative and imaginative lyrics I've heard. It's Tricky is catchy and can jam to. My Adidas started off the partnerships with shoe brands. Walk This Way made hip hop mainstream (and re-popularized Aerosmith). All the other songs have their highlights. Hit It Run has interesting edits, Raising Hell is a banger, Proud to be Black is a powerful commentary, and You Be Illin is a humorous tie-in. It's a fun album that sets a direct tone and impact on the audience. There's a bit here and there for everyone.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

You can't love rap without loving RUN DMC. This album represents the best of RUN DMCs smart lyrics and seemless flow. Walk this Way may be the best Rap/Rock collaboration of all time.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

Un buen disco q me trae varios recuerdos! de películas series etc

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

качает

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

I listened to this tape nonstop for a while as a kid. Peter Piper still holds up, as do many of the other tracks (Run's House!). So good.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

Classic. Takes me back. 5/5

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

Frábært old school rapp!

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

Great album, loved every song, from hugely famous (walk this way) to the fun ones (you be illin) to the serious ones (proud to be black). Proper hip hop, still relevant today. Love it love it love it!

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

😘👌

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

You Be Illin' is A+ lol

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

So excellent.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Had a great time listening to this. Have always loved the Walk This Way, It's Tricky, and You Be Illin'. Great to hear the rest of this classic. Super fun.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

I love this album. I have listened to it recently independent of this project. It full of fun raps and DJing. Nostalgic, yes, but also just fun.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

This album is so iconic and influential that I have to remind myself sometimes it's not a parody. "Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good!" "It's Tricky" is a song I rediscovered a few years back and has been in my playlists since. So fun. "Walk This Way" has had such an influence on music since it came out that it's hard to remember how novel it was back in the day. "Perfection" has what might be my favorite lyrics ever in a rap: "I got prescription glasses and my eyes are correct/ Two times every year I go to have them checked." "You Be Illin'" is the one I listened to multiple times. I love the sound and the humor. I loved the beatboxing, the scratching, the beats. This is where it all became a Big Thing.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Fun 80s Rap - Solid album.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

The album that brought hip-hop out of the cities and into nationwide attention. An undeniable classic.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

Styles have changed, but they're the OG

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

Ebenso minimalistisch wie auf den Punkt - haut total rein. Was für beats und tighte raps - und mehr ist es (und braucht es) auch nicht. Da kann man nicht nicht furiously mit dem Kopf nicken. Sogar erste Cross Over Anleihen in einem sonst so old-school hip hop album. Wow. Key Tracks: Tricky, Walk this way, peter piper, dumb girl (LOL)

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

I wish I had more time to write this review. An easy 5, fun, catchy, and also some political moments. Great album!

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

An absolute classic of Hip-hop, with songs that remain well-known even today.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

Almost every song was 5/5 and the album as a whole was both fun and great sources of nostalgia. I loved the pace of their rapping - it’s clever wordplay that I can understand.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

I have, of course, heard this before x

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

it's tricky

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Hip-hop. Dos megahits. Venga, le pongo un 5 por la que tienen con Aerosmith.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Absolute bangers. Not a fan of “Perfection” and “Hit and Run” but the rest are so much fun!!!

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

I LOVE THAT RAP <3 5/5 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND AEROSMITH <3 <3 <3 I FUCKING LOVE THEM!!!

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Sun Feb 06 2022
5

Very very very nice,

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Still awesome from start to finish.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

A Hip Hop classic to kick things off…

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

This record is great! It's a symbol of its period, with most of Run DMCs most known songs. The beatbox tracks are so cool! A must listen!

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

As the songs says, Perfection.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

Great album, loved every song, from the hugely famous ones (it's tricky, walk this way, my adidas) to the fun ones (you be illin') to the serious ones (proud to be black). Proper hip hop, still relevant today. Love it love it love it!

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

Bangin.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Tämäkin hyllystä löytyy ja aikoinaan urakalla popitettu, todella kova edelleen

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

What better opening salvo could there be than the first four tracks of this album! Tens across the board! After that, the album hits a solid groove, but nothing could match the first 20 minutes or so. I can't not rate this highly ( not least because I busted out a picture disc of it to listen to today)

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

5/5. Doesn’t get much more classic

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

Hell yea

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

First Hip hop/rap I ever owned. Been a while since I listen to the entire album. It's still awesome and yes this album everyone needs to listen to.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Ah we've come across another historic hip-hop landmark! 86 was a great year for rap License to Ill also came out.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

Foda fuck Everybody hates chris

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Tue May 17 2022
5

I noticed that both this album and Licensed to Ill dropped within 6 months of each other. Same label, same producer, both equally classic. And yet, I never heard the tracks on this album on top 40 radio unless they were samples. Institutionalized racism sucks. This album rules.

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Sat May 21 2022
5

I think it's very vital.

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Sat May 28 2022
5

Great bit of classic hip hop for a sunny Friday. Stripped down beats, sometimes problematic lyrics with a few scuzzy guitar interludes. Great stuff

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Thu Jul 07 2022
5

This is easily the most fun album I've listened to on this list. It's hard for me to separate nostalgia for quality, but I "fave"d just about every song on it. This is back when the only thing that mattered in rap was the lyrics so every song follow the same basic musical pattern: Run: 2 measures DMC: 2 measures Run: 1 measure DMC asks a question: 1 measure Run + DMC answer together louder: 2 measures But it fucking works. 5 stars

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

It really is tricky to rock a rhyme.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Super catchy, though it’s not my style, It’s obviously an amazing album. The lyrics alone are worth 5 stars, but the flow of beat/rhythm kept while not being monotonous throughout the album is down right impressive.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

Loved it

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

I loved listening to this one. You can hear how they influenced other musicians. It was very enjoyable.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Awesome!

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

fun

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

I had to turn the bass up on my equalizer for this revolutionary album. The rock and 80s hip-hop fusion is immediately recognizable as Run-DMC. “Peter Piper” makes me feel like playing basketball at the park and is my favorite cut off of this album.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Just a classic. This makes a nice change from the 70s prog rock albums.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

1. Peter Piper - Shout out to the DJ, interesting mixup of word play with nursery rhymes. I liked this. 2. It's Tricky - Goddamn classic, brings back my childhood playing SSX Tricky. 3. My Adidas - I still sing this when I see Adidas... timeless. 4. Walk This Way - Probably one of the biggest hits in hiphop history. I want to note that the flow between the tracks to this point has been amazingly well done. The cohesiveness of the album is spot on. As far as mixing hiphop with rock music goes, does it get better than this? Somehow it works so well. 5. Is It Live - The flow! You gotta love the cymbals here man. 6. Perfection - They slow it down a bit here, not bad, not bad. Sounds like a garage hiphop song. Just a dude with a drumset and a couple MCs. 7. Hit It Run - Intensity is back up here but with a slower beat. Almost Run the Jewels vibes on this, surely they took some influence from this style. Kinda fun and silly too lol. 8. Raising Hell - Rock riffs once again, works well for em. Good song. 9. You Be Illin - Bring in the horns and more 808s. Word play, I'm digging it. 10. Dumb Girl - DAMN that 808 hits. 11. Son of Byford - Small intro 12. Proud to Be Black - I think I recognize the start of this. Maybe its been used as an anthem? Pretty good. Overall, I really enjoyed. The flow is really nice, the 808s hit, the DJ work is top notch, it sounds modern except for the interplaying MCs... That does date it a bit but man I love it. The energy is high throughout, feels good!

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

When the album could easily be confused as a greatest hits compilation, you know its a five-star. 5/5.

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Sat Sep 10 2022
5

This was great and i will 100% put this on at a party in the future.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
5

Seminal hip-hop album.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Top notch

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

Loved this album when I was a teenager, hadn’t listened to it in a lot of years and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT 😊 Ended up listening to another couple of their albums when I finished this one.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Pre-corny, post-hype

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Loved it

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

A great Album by a great Band Just Bangers One of The best Rap-Rock collabs with Aerosmith ("Walk this way") In my Opinion this Album is very Importen for Rap and Hip-Hop

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

So good. As fun as it is insightful. Their call and response style is timeless.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

I love this album for its musicality blended with hip-hop. Many a bus trip in high school band had this as the soundtrack.

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Sat Oct 29 2022
5

T3B 1. It’s Tricky 2. Raising Hell 3. Peter Piper Banger after banger. It don’t stop and Run rock rhymes. It’s a perfect 5!

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

So. Goddamn. Good. Four absolute heaters to start the album, and the rest of the tracks follow suit. Favorite track: My Adidas

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

Just what I expected with some good vibes that were new to me.

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Tue Sep 29 2020
4

Classic Hip-Hop. Definitely see its impact with the Rock & Roll genre, especially their collaboration with Aerosmith. Felt like the strongest songs were in the beginning though, and the latter half were alright.

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Fri Oct 09 2020
4

They changed the game. Best track: Walk This Way.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Very good

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Sun Oct 25 2020
4

Good, have some iconic songs

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Fri May 14 2021
4

The music backing in early rap days is no joke. Samples used to this day

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Nice rap

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Classic early hip hop, pioneers of the early rap/rock movement

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

The album that brought rap to the mainstream and it sounds like it. Rapping over rock guitars on the title track, and King of Rock from previous album, is still awesome, and better than the more famous Walk this Way. Some of the boasting gets repetitive, and some songs lean a bit heavy on the misogyny.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

its tricky

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Great album, has "It's tricky" and "Walk this way" which are pretty popular to this day and overall this album sounds good.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

I like this album mostly for nostalgic reasons. Still a good album but not amazing.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

A fun and energetic album from start to finish! This Aussie gives it 4/5 shrimps on the barbie

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Pretty good old hip hop. The white chicks song is in it.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Classic RUN-DMC! I enjoyed this album and to be honest I normally listen to this style of music. It was an awesome flash back to my younger years listening to this. If I had to recommend an album for RUN-DMC it would be this album.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

Pretty rad

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

If you’re going to pick hip hop/rap albums as the Mount Rushmore of influence, this album would be on there. Seamlessly melding rap and rock to create a hybrid that really had not been heard before, Run-DMC and Rick Rubin produced a sound that would be copied, chopped, skewed and scrambled into different hip hop records for years to come. This album may sound a bit dated, but that the time it was groundbreaking. Favorite song: My Adidas Least favorite song: I get sick of Walk This Way a lot

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

3.5 pero redondea a 4 porque es viernes. Como de costumbre, no soy fan del Hip Hop, pero hasta en eso hay clases y honestamente este tiene varias cosas rescatables. Me gustó mucho la primera rola (Peter Piper) y por supuesto Walk This Way, que marcó época en más de un sentido. Me gustó todavía más la que samplea a My Sharona (It's Tricky) porque es mi casi-one-hit-wonder favorito. Por otro lado, no me gustaron nada las dos con las que cierra y eso le quitó el .5 que de todos modos le redondeé por barco.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

HYPE

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

There are literally books written about the story and significance of the 3rd studio release by the New York duo Run-D.M.C. Going into this album I had already heard the first couple of tracks countless times. Growing up and recording "Walk this Way" on a tape was a proud moment when I finally got a good cut without radio announcer. Today I focused on the beats and lyrics of the album, and honestly beyond the significant singles you may already know, I wasn't too impressed with their "B-sides." A few throw away tracks like Perfection and Dumb Girl to me weighted the album down, although to be fair I could hear how these more fraternity raps would lead way to the Beastie Boys down the line. What really gives this album a homerun is the last track Proud to be Black. If the lines in Dumb Girl made me doubt their lyrical skill, Run-D.M.C. proves themselves with Proud to be Black. After all this album wasn't significant in the history of music solely for it's lyrics, but its combination of rock and hip hop. With Aerosmith at the peak of their career they shared the spotlight with two rappers out of New York, and the rest is history. 4/5

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Today's album is Raising Hell by Run-D.M.C from 1986. I was 12 years old when this album came out and I remember watching the famous video on MTV where Aerosmith bashes through the wall and becomes part of the track. For most of my life, Run-D.M.C was not a big part of my musical education. In my later life, I started working my way back through the 'golden age' of rap and learning how it all started. Boogie Down Productions quickly became a favorite artist, and I pretty much ignored the music put out by Run-D.M.C. After giving this an honest listen, I get how much they and Rick Rubin influenced hip-hop from the get go. It's like they were kind of a joke by the time I became aware of them. The Addidas and the blingy image, threw me off taking them seriously. If my Dad listened to rap at the time in the late 80s, it would have been his old-man music by the time I turned 18 in 1992. My Dad listening to rap is the funniest thing I've heard in a long time. I also got turned off my reality TV and "reverend run" and all the sexual assualt allegations about his brother Russell. I appreciate this album and it definitely holds up. Stripping away all the context, and trying to pretend this is the first time I've ever heard this album - makes it really shine.

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Wed May 05 2021
4

really cool integration of classic rock with hop on a lot of the tracks, a ton of energy and personality coming from them to make it really fun to listen to lyrically and musically, some of it sounds the same from track to track but overall unique and clearly definitive of hip hop's golden age

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Great album, not every song is for me, but a good majority so far are. They do have a same-y way of rhythm, but it works very well The title track "raising hell" is my favorite Nobody could write "you be illin" today, it wouldn't work, but because Run DMC have so much talent and charisma, it's one of the better tracks

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Very raw with some dope old school beats. Lots of cool rock infusions too. Classic hip hop sound

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

an absolute classic.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Legends of rap. SSX Tricky.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

some great songs but pretty repetitive beats

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

3.5 | El primer album de hip-hop que fue un verdadero éxito gigante. Tiene mucha importancia tanto por el parteaguas comercial que abrió como musicalmente. Se siente realmente como el apogeo de ese estilo de rap ochentero que se arrastra desde las fiestas en el Bronx en los 70s; esa cadencia llega a su punto máximo aquí y se comienza a mezclar con una mayor variedad de ritmos incluyendo de manera importante el rock. A partir de aquí empezará a cambiar mucho la escena, esta ya por llegar Ice Cube a imponer otro nuevo estilo con el gangsta rap pero por estos momentos aun se puede sentir ese punto más alto de lo que era la "nueva escuela" del rap que estaba ahora enfilando su salida. En cuanto a sus detalles siempre he sentido que DJ Run musicalmente era competente en tanto que DMC era un excelente MC. Los ritmos se sienten clásicos de la época con creo en mi opinión 6 canciones que son espectaculares en su creatividad y el resto que aunque buenas pueden sentirse estándar. Esas 4 canciones iniciales serían muy difícil de mantener durante todo el disco pero el cambio de calidad si llega a sentirse un poco hacia el final. Un disco muy importante, vital no solo para entender cómo evolucionó el hip-hop sino mucha parte de la música en general. Siento tan puntual el disco que casi se me olvida hacer mención sobre como fue la razón de que Aerosmith reviviera y pudiera volver a tener una carrera importante siendo que ya se les consideraba en muchos aspectos una banda olvidada. Me gustaría poner más puntuación quizá pero he de aceptar que no ha envejecido de la manera más grácil y quizá para quien no gusta del estilo le puede parecer repetitivo en unos aspectos. De todas formas sin duda un gran disco que 100% pertenece a esta lista.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

false

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

I liked it much better than I expected, not really my taste though

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

classic rap album

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

great album - LOVE it's tricky

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

Famosa: Walk This Way (feat. Aerosmith) Le daré un 4, aunque son un poco pesados.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

One of coolest old school hip hop record!

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Decent, better than expected and doesn’t overstay its welcome

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Brings me back to the good old fourth grade days.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Love their style, esp the drums. “Walk this way” arguably better than the original (hard to do).

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Listened to today’s twice. Great stuff especially the first 4 songs. Couple of ones I didn’t like in the 2nd half of the album, but overall a cracker. Mad it came out 35 years ago. Might have to purchase!

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

An album with some absolute classics. And one that brought hip hop into mainstream culture. I didn't find it quite as enjoyable as Digital Underground but that's personal preference. Still a gazillion times better than Bon Jovi though!

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

I like back when you could understand all the rap words! GAWD I was 13... holy moley. This album is dope and deserves four Arwen's

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Really good. Hip hop/rock crossover works v well. So many tunes

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Classic old school rap. Beastie Boys had same record label and very similar sound at the same time. Hmm?

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

I totally wouldn't have listened to this otherwise, but it was much better than expected. Perfect album for drawing a snail. And probably other things.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

classic hip clzssic hop

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Very cool

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Love it! Not sure about "Hit it run", only.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

I used to have this. I forgot that some of the songs on here were pretty good.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

So many memories of dancing at the clubs in the 80’s

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

I forgot how much I liked this album!

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Mon May 10 2021
4

This was actually a lot more fun to listen to than I expected. Probably not one that I would actively revisit, but certainly a good experience in terms of broadening my perspective and appreciating music I wouldn't usually listen to. Rounded up from a 3.5 for that.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Rurururu

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Walk this way has always been a favorite of mine. 4

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Oh, such a fun album. Absolutely remember this spinning at many a party when it came out. One of the first rap groups I heard. Love the way they weave R&B, rock, and rap elements together.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

liked it more than i thought iw ould

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Some good old 80s hip-hop. Favourite tracks were It’s Tricky and My Adidas

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Even though some of the lyrics obviously sound corny to today's ears, still a great listen.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

THIS is hip hop! A timeless classic.

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Fri May 28 2021
4

This shit was dope but Dumb Girl was weird, felt a little slut shame-y. It was a different time I guess?

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

I liked it more than I thought I would. A lot of the songs on the second half sound really similar, but the dustiness of the drums and the guitar made for a great combination for this record. Highlights: 1, 2, 4, 9, and 12.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

An absolute classic

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Run DMC has some of the most fun throwback tracks out there. The openers are definitely the strongest, but the whole thing is pretty nice.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

Quite enjoyed this. Liked its tricky and ovi the main one. Very good

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

Absolute trail blazers - great stuff. Hip hop has come a long way and so my one knock is that this does sound a little basic 35 years later. No denying its importance and impact though.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

It's Tricky to rock around it's tricky.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

One of the best in the Genre. Heard this many times when it came out. Was really glad to hear it again today. Still as good as ever. 4/5.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Excellent

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Dated sound but relevant af and very skilled.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

7.5/10

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Sat Oct 09 2021
4

Niceee vibe. Solide album avec leur stye bien à eux 4.65

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

This was so much better than I was expecting! I already knew ‘It’s Tricky’ and ‘Walk This Way’ of course, but I really enjoyed a lot of the other tracks, especially the title track. I kept thinking, “Oh this one is my top pick! No wait, this one!”. I think the album was a bit let down by the opening track but it really picked up after that. Do they use a fairly basic kick beat? Yes. Are they absolute classics? Yes.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

I liked it! "It's Tricky" is a classic, "Walk This Way" is a bit unnecessary, overall a fun album.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Good solid hip hop

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Groundbreaking hip-hop with hits, grit, and heart.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Very fun, not exactly what I expected. More wholesome.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Cool classic hiphop

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Liked most of the songs

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

4.5. fantastic fantastic hip hop. The length is perfect too. I thought I'd be annoyed at Walk This Way since it's so so popular and played so much, but nope. It stays just as good as it's always been.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Classic hip hop. Instantly recognizable. Catchy vocals.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Nice beats

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