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.
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.
I relate very strongly to the song about someone going to KFC and accidentally ordering a Big Mac.
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.
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.
Fucking classic. Just a legendary album with many iconic tracks.
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
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.
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.
If there’s anything to bring me back to a 9 y/o version of myself skateboarding, shoplifting, and trespassing it’s this album.
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.
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.
Amazing bars, wordplay, and arrangements define this LP. An absolute blast to listen to.
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.
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!
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.
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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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.
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.
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!
Kaikki isot hitit, hyvin kulkee vaikka selkeä oman aikansa levy.
Bisschen lahme Drum Machine die ganze Zeit. Das Lied mit Aerosmith ist fett
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.
3 car y'a des tracks dégueulasses
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.
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.
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
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.
Arguably THE album that shaped the path of 80s hip-hop, this is simply one of the best
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
True classic. Att den fortfarande funkar efter 35 år är magi.
jo geht, kannte tatsächlich schon ein paar der Lieder und die sind auch echt vibes. Aber so ganz 100% überzeugt bin ich nicht.
I forgot how high energy they are.
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.
Such a fun album! Brings back so many memories! Loved it.
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Rap rock at its finest and most innovative
Great hip hop classic
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
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
first album renerated here, was listening to this the other day
Great album, tricky a good example of the overlaying vocals shouting over each other
obvs good. my typa music
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.
Loved it. Definitely going back for future listens.
Top-5 songs are great, tails off after that
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.
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.
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.
Un buen disco q me trae varios recuerdos! de películas series etc
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.
Classic. Takes me back. 5/5
Frábært old school rapp!
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!
You Be Illin' is A+ lol
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.
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.
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.
Fun 80s Rap - Solid album.
The album that brought hip-hop out of the cities and into nationwide attention. An undeniable classic.
Styles have changed, but they're the OG
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)
I wish I had more time to write this review. An easy 5, fun, catchy, and also some political moments. Great album!
An absolute classic of Hip-hop, with songs that remain well-known even today.
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.
I have, of course, heard this before x
Hip-hop. Dos megahits. Venga, le pongo un 5 por la que tienen con Aerosmith.
Absolute bangers. Not a fan of “Perfection” and “Hit and Run” but the rest are so much fun!!!
I LOVE THAT RAP <3 5/5 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND AEROSMITH <3 <3 <3 I FUCKING LOVE THEM!!!
Very very very nice,
Still awesome from start to finish.
A Hip Hop classic to kick things off…
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!
As the songs says, Perfection.
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!
Tämäkin hyllystä löytyy ja aikoinaan urakalla popitettu, todella kova edelleen
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)
5/5. Doesn’t get much more classic
Ah we've come across another historic hip-hop landmark! 86 was a great year for rap License to Ill also came out.
Foda fuck Everybody hates chris
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.
I think it's very vital.
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.
They changed the game. Best track: Walk This Way.
Good, have some iconic songs
The music backing in early rap days is no joke. Samples used to this day
Classic early hip hop, pioneers of the early rap/rock movement
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.
Great album, has "It's tricky" and "Walk this way" which are pretty popular to this day and overall this album sounds good.
I like this album mostly for nostalgic reasons. Still a good album but not amazing.
A fun and energetic album from start to finish! This Aussie gives it 4/5 shrimps on the barbie
Pretty good old hip hop. The white chicks song is in it.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Very raw with some dope old school beats. Lots of cool rock infusions too. Classic hip hop sound
an absolute classic.
Legends of rap. SSX Tricky.
some great songs but pretty repetitive beats
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.
I liked it much better than I expected, not really my taste though
classic rap album
great album - LOVE it's tricky
Famosa: Walk This Way (feat. Aerosmith) Le daré un 4, aunque son un poco pesados.
One of coolest old school hip hop record!
Decent, better than expected and doesn’t overstay its welcome
Brings me back to the good old fourth grade days.
Love their style, esp the drums. “Walk this way” arguably better than the original (hard to do).
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!
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!
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
Really good. Hip hop/rock crossover works v well. So many tunes
Classic old school rap. Beastie Boys had same record label and very similar sound at the same time. Hmm?
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.
classic hip clzssic hop
Love it! Not sure about "Hit it run", only.
I used to have this. I forgot that some of the songs on here were pretty good.
So many memories of dancing at the clubs in the 80’s
I forgot how much I liked this album!
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.
Walk this way has always been a favorite of mine. 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.
liked it more than i thought iw ould
Some good old 80s hip-hop. Favourite tracks were It’s Tricky and My Adidas
Even though some of the lyrics obviously sound corny to today's ears, still a great listen.
THIS is hip hop! A timeless classic.
This shit was dope but Dumb Girl was weird, felt a little slut shame-y. It was a different time I guess?
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.
An absolute classic
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.
Quite enjoyed this. Liked its tricky and ovi the main one. Very good
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.
It's Tricky to rock around it's tricky.
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.
Dated sound but relevant af and very skilled.
Niceee vibe. Solide album avec leur stye bien à eux 4.65
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.
I liked it! "It's Tricky" is a classic, "Walk This Way" is a bit unnecessary, overall a fun album.
Good solid hip hop
Groundbreaking hip-hop with hits, grit, and heart.
Very fun, not exactly what I expected. More wholesome.
Cool classic hiphop
Liked most of the songs
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.
Classic hip hop. Instantly recognizable. Catchy vocals.
Seminal. Incredibly strong A side!
Interesting. Not sure I understand exactly why it is on the list. Perhaps it is because was ground braking, and everyone else sounds the same little
8/10 pretty fun album
Cheesy and bombastic, with some really corny stuff at parts. Nevertheless, this album is a DEFINING moment for music, and so that pulls it from the monotonous muck into a strong 4.
Classic. Didnt age well but it was the start of something.
This was a fun surprise. Run DMC are definitely entertaining, and I was already very familiar with “It’s Tricky” and “Walk This Way.” Hearing those songs again was a lot of fun. Those two songs alone earn the album a place in my library, and the Aerosmith collaboration is an amazing highlight in the history of rap and rock. Some of the highlights from the rest of the album: “Peter Piper” was a fun opening! I liked all the nursery rhymes references and the clanging bell. It also had an advantage to be the first song, meaning all the bragging wasn’t played out yet… “My Adidas” was fun and I enjoyed it… at times I they used the singular ‘Adida’ but that wasn’t reflected in the printed lyrics I found. I loved the sound of a singular Adida and want to refer to an individual Adidas sneaker as such henceforth. The guitar work in “Hit It Run” made it stand out and was a refreshing addition. When I heard “You Be Illin’” I realized I had heard that one before. It’s pretty good. While the ground this album is built upon is well-trod today, in 1986 this was really exciting and new. There’s a lot of boasting and some misogyny that could be throttled back a bit for my taste. Some of the songs wear a bit thin and likely will not attract me to future listens, but overall this was appealing. The highlights more than make up for the deficiencies of this album.
Now that takes me back. Fun.
I was in the car recently and triple j played NWA. It was probably the most exciting thing I've heard on triple j in at least the last decade. It was startling to hear how fresh, vibrant and exciting it still sounded. It still sounded like the future. It's pretty much the same experience listening to 'Raising Hell'.
I liked it :) I wonder how much of what I think about rap (not really digging it except isolated cases) comes from just...not liking what's been Top 40 in my teenage and young adulthood years? Stuff like Lil Wayne and 50 Cent etc. Because I found this album really enjoyable and didn't feel the need to skip anything (not that I would have, because I'm trying to listen to everything on this list straight through). Unsurprisingly I've been a fan of It's Tricky for a long time, but I found myself dancing in my chair at several points during the album, and I didn't expect that :) And songs like Peter Piper remind me of the lyrical dexterity needed to rap well, and I appreciate that as an art form :)
Really like some of the samples in here
Surprisingly fun. I wasn't aware I would be big as big of a fan of 80's rap. Songs all sound very similar but they were were enjoyable. 3.5/5
Pretty good! Very glad I listened to it. A bit too energetic to really wanna listen to all at once, but it's got some great songs.
Brilliant. So many good tracks. Great energy
Sixteen year old me loved this cassette to the point of wearing it out. Then I never listened to it again. Between this and "License To Ill", I might have just OD'd on the genre. So this was an interesting revisit. The "Walk This Way" mash-up/re-make/cover remains essential. In fact, the beats overall hold up incredibly well. It's the misogynist lyrics that have become cringe worthy. But it's still quite a blast to listen to again. My flawed memory suggested "Mary Mary" was on this album, so I was a little sad to discover it was on their follow up album. I have a sneaky suspicion that "Raising Hell" holds up better than "License To Ill".
Really love the mixed between rap and rocks here,solid stuff
The album cover is very 80's, the colors, typography, and layout. Of course I know (and love) the Walk This Way track, but not really anything else on the album, at least that I know of. I'm surprised there is only one song marked explicit. Let's listen... Starts out with Peter Piper which strikes me as to black men yelling cheerfulness. I've definitely heard the second song, It's tricky, which is also pretty fun. The album is certainly not without social commentary, but overall it is more upbeat than I was expecting. Each song is individually interesting, lots of the lyrics are clever, and the way the voices interweave creates a distinct rhythmic cadence that keeps the whole album driving forward. This is good. I wish I had listened more in the day. OK I just went and looked up the It's Tricky video and I'm glad I did.
Nice but not my style.
This is very Fun-D.M.C. Massive beats, catchy, and the first rock/rap crossovers. Easy to see why this is considered the first classic hip-hop album and how it brought the genre to a new audience. 4/5.
Hell raising and trail blazing. Sounds a little dated, but rock solid.
very refreshing, can't remember much about it anymore but a few bangers
Pretty good! Very glad I listened to it. A bit too energetic to really wanna listen to all at once, but it's got some great songs.
This was great!
Provavelmente já escutei em alguma trilha sonora de algum filme. Não é meu estilo preferido, mas não é ruim.
It’s not wonder these guys are considered all-time greats. The record sounds dated but that works as both a positive and deterrent. I personally love it!
Loved it. Very fun.
Definitely loved the first five tracks. I was hypnotized by the guitars, lyrics, and the beat. After the song wit Aerosmith, it started to sound a little bit repetitive. Overall, I would say that this is a great gateway between rock and rap. Will listen to these songs I the future, for sure
Full of bangers. This album has got to be one of the most accessible hip hop albums of all time. Great stuff.
This has been my favorite hip-hop album so far, and it's not even close to the second. Some classic tracks, and no tracks that made me want to turn it off like most of the other hip-hop or rap albums that I've gotten so far.
Not really my genre
Some brilliant tracks - It's Tricky, Walk this Way, You Be Illin'. A fun listen
Scheisse habs vergessen
One of my favorite albums from when I was a kid.
Wow this is excellent and good thank you for this. Still think that their Walk This Way cover is kinda weird. Front half has all the hits, but back half of the album might be better?
This album had three really famous songs from Run DMC and was a decent listen all the way through. It’ll get a 4 based on the merit of those songs and the overall listenability of the album, but not a 5 since I didn’t LOVE anything.
Listened to on 3/22/22 4/5 Favorite song: It’s Tricky, Walk this Way Hip hop is not my cup of tea but there were too many classics on this album to not give it at least a 4 - hidden gems but definitely still gems
It’s tricky. No it isn’t. It’s fabulous
I had a writeup that accidentally got deleted so i'm summarizing: It's a really dope album that is definitely deserving of a spot on this list. Production is incredibly tight and the added layers of instrumentation are impressive, quirky, and really elevates the overall album.
I would love to mentally time travel and hear this sound with fresh ears. The production is perfection but inevitably sounds dated. To hear it in 1986 when this was the hardest, freshest sound would have been awesome. This still hits hard though. These drums are so tight, so crisp. And the shouted style of the rapping matches the intensity of the music (and vice versa). The use of guitar throughout is killer, especially on the title track. Rap and rock are fused beautifully (gotta love some Rick Rubin production) and “Walk This Way” is an inspired song to remix (cover?). Steven Tyler sounds insane here too. Great that they brought him in on the fun.
i should re-listen to this. I remember thinking. OH. this is where that's from several times. so let's say that's 4 stars.
Really liked the album but got a bit repetitive at times. Def some absolute bangers on there tho. RDMC’s style is very fun and distinctive.
Un grand classique du Hip Hop. Probablement le plus grand succès du groupe grâce à Walk This Way. Une petite révolution à cette époque. La touche Rick Rubin est aussi évidente puisqu’on est dans les mêmes sonorités que l’album Licensed To Hill des Beastie Boys paru la même année.
Some pretty popular songs on the album but I was never quite the fan of early rap though I can certainly appreciate this. 7/10
It’s tricky and walk this way are both awesome but I did get a little tired of the signature run dmc flow that emphasizes the last word in a bar after a while. Also enjoyed the title track
now here is a classic hip hop album I've been waiting for. And we got the two songs I know with Tricky and Walk This Way. I used to watch Runs house with Stevie and Bryan back in the day and been a fan of them since. Very classic album and glad it's on this list.
Not my thing; but can appreciate its massive influence.
Decent album. Just not a big fan of classic *boom-bap* hip-hop. Classics on this album will listen when they come on but not gonna rush to listen.
This was fine. I preferred the other rap-rock album from before. Some good songs, most were meh.
Some legit classics on here and loved their use of samples. Sounded repetitive at times though
Good one but I prefer some other DMC albums more
It was about what I expected
Curti! Nao conhecia quase nada do Run DMC, só de nome
Sounds like generic ‘90’s hip-hop without the bite. I understand it’s importance though as a precursor to what was to come. Just incredibly dated.
Old school rap/hip hop music that is still pretty decent. 3 stars.
Never liked run dmc that much, anyway great album but not my style!
It was ok, not my thing
Rap classique, quelques morceaux très célèbres sur le disque.
RUN-DMC me gusta, noto en este disco aún que son muy repetitivos en sus sampleos. El atino de walk this way sin duda fue un impulso tanto en su carrera como en la de un Aerosmith que ya se estaba apagando pero no hubiera sido posible ni la canción ni el disco sin la ayuda de Rick Rubin (Vamos a ver varios discos en esta lista en los que está involucrado).
Een van de albums waardoor hip-hop is doorgebroken. Walk this way blijft gewoon een tijdloos nummer. Leuk om naar te luisteren. Bijzonder hoe hip-hop zo snel is veranderd van dit werk naar het huidige.
Appreciate it for what it was at the time and what it did for its genre but found it very basic.
It's funny how the tracks on this album I don't remember seem to have influenced the Beastie Boys. I totally wore this cassette out as a kid listening to certain songs.
Fun in doses.
Good beats, flow similar to will smith hip hop
Classic record. Unless obsessed with golden era hip hop, not really worth listening to straight through, just hit the highlights.
Je suis un grand fan de Hip Hop, mais le très old school m'attire moins à cause de leur flow. Il est saccadé et j'aime pas vraiment ça. Les beats sont bons et ils savaient comment faire des hits. J'ai pas le choix de donner quand même 3 bonnes étoiles parce que... It's Tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on time It's Tricky... it's Tricky (Tricky) Tricky (Tricky)
Hip hop. Rap. Bastante bueno.
brings back high school memories from our hoodies that go their namesake from RUN DMC
cancion preferida walk this way
influence de soul music de papi james brown evidente
“Raising Hell” by Run-DMC (1986) As a musical product, the work begs to be examined for its commercial strategies with Adidas and Aerosmith. Lyrics are marginally interesting but rather unaccomplished rhyme play expressing comic boastfulness. Variations on the theme “We’re so good at what we do”. The only serious lyric on the album is “Proud to Be Black”, but even it lacks depth. I do like the line in this song “I’ll say it in a rap because I do not sing.” Significant explanatory power here. This album seems to be a successful attempt to bring hip hop into the mainstream, mostly by jettisoning the seriousness, violence, and obscenity (mostly) that gave rap its honesty and artistic power. Call it hip pop. Meh. Nevertheless, it’s well executed and moderately entertaining for a listen or two. 3/5
Had heard most of these from their greatest hits CD. Starts strong, but the last 5 tracks are crud
Some great bits but lots of cheesy 80s rap filler
Nice and funky, enjoyed listening to this. Highlight is the opening track 'Peter Piper'. Sound of the time again like DJ Shadow though.
Beats are good, energy is there, just sounds really dated and the lyrics are not quite there for me
Great listen.. 1 main hit and the rest were proficient and kinda cool background vibe.. defo higher that 3 but not a 4 for me.. again i need out of 10!!
Fun stuff. Takes me back. Not something I'll listen to regularly, probably.
Enjoyed it - more guitar work then I thought there would be
OK, not a huge fan sounds very dated
pretty good. some classic well known tracks no doubt. some GREAT MCing, run dmc were clearly ahead of their peers on that front.
Drums and not much else
Classic. Wish I could give it 3.5 stars.
Interesting to hear some older hip hop. But, for me, too outdated.
En términos generales está plano y soso, aunque de muy buenos pasajes.
It's almost quaint compared to modern day hip-hop. "Walk This Way" and "It's Tricky" are great, but the rest of the don't do much. If the rest of the album was like those two, it would be a 4 or 5.
This one's a dilemma, because you can hear in every track the enormous influence it had on hip-hop, in the production, the flow, the lyrics, and the many samples and references to Run DMC found in the genre. On the other hand, it doesn't strike me as an amazingly enjoyable album on its own terms. The beats, melodies and turntable techniques sound really good on some tracks, but too sparse on others. The lyrics are often simplistic with a nursery rhyme flow (and actual allusions to nursery rhymes). I'm sticking to my guns and not rating things by how influential they were. 3* for this.
6/10, quality but not my thing
Enjoyed this a lot more than expected. ‘Perfection’ was particularly cool.
compared against their contemporaries, run-dmc doesn't quite match up for me, but this is still better than any rap album today. really not a fan of their version of walk this way.
There is absolutely no question that this album has a great energy. Every song is delivered with fierce passion and gusto, like their lives are on the line. Every rhyme matters, every bar- and they demand you hear it. The songs this came through the most were "Peter Piper", (fab lyrics and that vocal interplay at the very start sets the tone perfectly), "It's Tricky", and "Hit it Run" (sounded like a Looney Tunes character beatboxing). The energy was infectious across all of these tracks and several more. The trouble was, when everything was pitched at the same energy level, I ended up longing for a bit more variety. Everything was at a similar pace and dynamic (mid-tempo, boom-bap drums) with impassioned, shouted vocals convincingly tying rap and rock together. Sampling was all fairly sparse (drums front and centre, occasional touches of electric guitar, scrubbing or horn samples). On first listen it ended up feeling repetitive and the dynamic feel established in the first four/five tracks started to peter out. More variety or better sequencing would have bumped this to an easy 4*- it's also a shame "Dumb Girl" put a misogynistic downer on things.
Average, the good is well know and the rest is fine, if not a bit samey
I'm not a fan of the genre so I was surprised I found myself enjoying quite a few songs. The album was fun to listen. I'm still not a huge fan but it was a nice experience.
I know a couple of songs off this. I don't mind a bit of 80s rap but this is close to the limit. It's mostly just them and drums. Started to get a bit samey. Pretty dated in 2021. 3/5.
fun, some good jams for party playlists, but feels dated in a good way just wouldn't listen through again
A classic rap band, with a motley of instruments making a great sound
Tricky and Walk this Way are awesome, but a lot of this sounds a bit dated now
A good relic of its time, but hard to enjoy with my whole heart.
some great use of an 808. bit meh though. some belting big tracks but the filler has huge vibes of teenage kids in school with the casio keyboard. R-R-R-R-R-R-R-REMIX
What a day
A couple good tracks, but all songs have the same type of flow - doesn't keep me interested for long
-Some nice flows in "Peter Piper." I like the line "Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good" -Hey "It's Tricky" is that Tik Tok song. It's nice to actually hear the rest of it. The song actually holds up across the rest of the track too. I like the simple but interesting beat. I swear one of the dudes sounds a bit like Ace Frehley at a few points -Cool reference to Live Aid in "My Adidas." I recently listened to Live Aid and remember the Run-D.M.C.'s section -"Walk This Way (feat. Aerosmith)" is great. An awesome rendition. I like that they mixed the original guitar and drums into a back eat for their rap style -Nice guitar in "Raising Hell"
Sorry dont hate me i just cant make it thru this album
Not a big hip hop fan, but I did enjoy this. 3 stars.
Classic hip hop songs. Great for a productive throwback playlist. Probably won’t listen to this album proper again.
Old school is cool? I don’t know
Rating: 5.7/10 IT'S TRICKAAAY - only now I realise it samples My Sharona from The Knack. Rest of the album was pretty funky, definitely prefer this old-school kind of rap from the modern one.
Hip hop clásico con mucho sintetizador y algún tema muy conseguido. Para fanáticos de este tipo de música
ATTITUDE. The album that got fratboys into hip-hop.
I like The consistency of the album’s energy, very fun
decent album. not my favorite not the worst. I really dislike Aerosmith though, so will never get over walk this way.
> bookmarked 'My Adidas', 'Dumb Girl' and 'You Be Illin'' for lols > not really listenable anymore, maybe later stuff
Neke pjesme su mi onak totalno, prošla me faza da mi je ovo sad jako dobro. On the other hand neke bengeri koji bude nostalgiju na onaj dobar način. Walk this way je goated 🐐
Zna se da su ikone u glazbi hip hopa, sve to stoji, aliiiiiiiiiiii meni nikad nisu baš bili vrh. Više je ono: "E hvala vam na svemu, super je to sve, međutim niste toliko dobri kako govore." Zapravo, to garant govore jer su bili inovativni što jeste, ali na kraju su puno puno njih napravili bolje nego oni. Rispekt na mjestu btw.
fühl mich konstant angeschrien, zwischendurch witzig, in Summe aber für mich eintönig
A lot of raw energy here. I don't find the samples as interesting as on other rap albums, but I appreciate the influence that this album had. Closer to a 3.5
Rap for rockers. This is as good as rap gets (which isn't saying much). As usual it's all the same - it's a good rhythm but it gets tiresome. Walk this way is fantastic, but nothing else on the album comes close to it.
First time listening to 90s rap. Not really my thing but I enjoyed Tricky
Seminal hip hop anthems, and a fun crossover with Aerosmith.
Some good stuff, some not so good
Appreciate their rhythm & rhyme skills!
So it's like Beasties Boys, but not as good? What am I missing here. A high 2, but giving the benefit of the doubt here and assuming my 'I don't like rap' is getting in the way
This is the alblum that got me to listen to something other than my hard rock. Opened me up to a whole new world. So much fun to hear again
Unarguably important and influenial, but by today's standards, quite outdated rock-inspired hip-hop. Was worth a listen, but I didn't enjoy it as much as their debut.
It's a very good record. The rhymes, the wordplay, the delivery are all excellent. Of course, the hits are top notch and have stood the test of time. Some of the other tracks I find a bit samey - many are just backed by simple 808 beats on loop - though that puts more focus on the rhymes, so not necessarily a bad thing. At times the drum sounds are a bit harsh for me, but I suppose that is the sound they were going for. Definitely a highly important and influential album, though I might be tempted to head straight for the hits in future.
Ja, dat is best lekker om eens te horen. Het zijn geen Beastie Boys, maar toch
Good album, the dawn of the sample hip hop NY era
Rapping was a bit raw in places
Wow, this album is 35 yrs old, this is OG as OG gets. Its interesting how rap has changed over the years but its still a fun and somewhat cheezy romp. I hate Aerosmith but I must say this restyling of Walk this way is pretty good and a helluva lot better than the original version.
Hitit edelleen helvetin kovia eikä muukaan levy mitään ihan huttua ollut. Kolmonen on liian vähän ja nelonen taas yläkanttiin.
After the nostalgia wore off, it got repetitive. The singles still hold up and maybe the rest would be good in small doses.
Very solid. May return to it.
Decent listen. Lower than expected production value with uneven mixing.
She brought rock to poetry
das ist hip hop alright 😴
Von der delivery her eigentlich voll okay aber die Bears nerven echt auf Dauer.
ну треков пять можно выделить со всего альбома, которые звучат прям ахуенно, но в целом проходняк
The production is sharper if it's possible, lyrical exchanges still impeccable. After the initial stretch of songs, there seem to be fewer ideas. The formula was perfect for the record-as-product; With about as many worthy riffs as the debut, it feels like a step sideways.
What a brilliant idea to take some nursery rhymes that literally ANYONE can relate to, and throwing them over some sick beats! I know it feels kind of cheesy now, but thinking back to how new and different it was at the time, I am sooo impressed with the innovation.
A few great classics. A few misses. Over all good shit.
3.6 - The Atari equivalent of rap. It’s obviously crude - the beats and rhymes are simplistic considering how far hip hop has evolved. But there’s an elegance in the craft and I’m struck by how well the sound holds up. I just want to pop this cassette into a boom box and carry it around on my shoulder. I also hear the beginnings of so many different strains in hip hop that would eventually blossom through other artists, like the call and response style perfected by the Beastie Boys. Similar to an Atari game, on some rare occasions it feels good to revisit an art form in its near-infancy.
Definitely some cracking songs on here, but some show their age. The melding of rap and rock is good and I still love Walk This Way. Not so keen on the track about a ‘dumb girl’. Could do better.
Undeniably old school. I haven't listened to much from Run-DMC, in fact the one thing I think of is that I think Alex used to watch a sitcom starring Rev Run called Run's House? There's a couple signature hits on here, but overall this style is just very outdated for me. The beats are super rudimentary, and while I certainly respect it as foundational, it's just not the kind of classic hip hop that I seek out. I enjoy '90s stuff a lot more. It's alright. Favorite tracks: Walk This Way, It's Tricky, You Be Illin'. Album art: I've seen this one a lot before. The colors are nice but it's pretty basic. Very much of its era. 3/5
Musically, it's great. But the lyrics. They're just so corny, I can't.
Not my cup of tea.
Não me emociona. Peter Piper e Walk this way são clássicos.
Man I finally understand why Duane doesn't like Run DMC, they're fucking boring and cheesy as hell. They're BBoys with the same schtick for each song, and so damn little to like. Despite what they rap about, I still feel like they're gonna hit me with an after-school special.
Starts strong and finishes poor.
Interesante la combinación de secuencias e instrumentos, rap combinado con un par de solos (medio feos). Las letras no son impresionantes pero tampoco buscan serlo. Las mitad de las canciones me parecieron buenas pero la otra mitad donde es la misma secuencia me hartaron. Independientemente de que me haya gustado o no, me parece un gran disco debut aunque pareciera que a partir de la quinta canción sólo son canciones medio olvidables. 2.5 estrellas que baja a dos porque no me lo volvería a aventar de corrido. Songs: Walk This Way, It's Tricky
-Lots of pop-out/ stark electronic sounds - I like 90s hip hop a lot, but this isnt my vibe. - Has humor to it
not the best album, not a big fan of that sort of hip hop especially the beat - its just too simple and it needs more than just the drums and that.
Saved Prior: Walk This Way Saved Off Rip: Peter Piper, Is It Live, You Be 'Illin Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Walk This Way is an alltimer, and there were some songs here that I liked, but the rest of the album felt very basic. I understand that this had to come before all the other great rap, but I couldn't really get into this. It's Tricky has to be one of the most overrated songs I've ever heard (it's fine but nothing spectacular), and Dumb Girl is one of the worst early rap songs I've ever heard. Brings it down from a near 3 to a 2.
I liked It's Tricky and Walk This Way, but not much else.
Klassieke hiphop, voor zijn tijd vooruitstrevend. Een paar goede nummers, ook een paar duds. Lager tempo dan huidige hiphop zegt Ruben.
One good one (Tricky). Rest is so dated but I'm sure it was super influential.
For this album, once you've heard one song, you've heard them all. It's the stereotypical rapping with rhymes and alliteration that really don't have any purpose other than the fact that they rhyme or have the same sound. The background music is uninteresting, so you're only listening to the words. Favorite track: Walk This Way
trascendental entonces, no tan llamativo en éstos tiempos.
Historicamente relevante? Sí, my cup of tea? no.
A couple of ok tracks
12/14/21 - Good lord. The Autechre guys say they love this era of hip hop because it uses basically the same sonic palette as musique concrete. Left me feeling parched.
Bischen eintönig, nicht so mein style. Tricky ist das beste Lied und das ist nichtmal richtig geil
A znam da su revolucionarni, ali not for me.
Not for me
nicht meins, nicht ganz durchgehört. Walk this way war nicht schlecht
Not for me
Interesting as an historical document of rap's origins. But far too cheesy to ever want to listen to again.
Did not like it at all. Never been a fan of Run DMC. Boring. Probably very influential but DULL.
Kudos for basically creating rap; fun rock beats; kinda just yelling and hasn’t aged well
This album is pretty seminal for hip hop artists but I'm not sure it's that great. From the fart noises on 'Hit It Run' to the lyrics on 'Dumb Girl' and 'You Be Illin'' this album ages pretty badly. I won't be Running back to listen.
considering the year it was not that bad
What the fuck is this supposed to be
Hmm, viel een beetje tegen dit. Op basis van de hitjes had ik goede hoop, maar helaas. Veel van hetzelfde.
Walk this way is nog wel leuk. De rest begint na 2 nummers allemaal heel erg op elkaar te lijken. En erg spannend is het niet.
Die track met Aerosmith is echt heel vet, maar verder is dit toch wel erg gedateerd.
Dated Rap/ Rock
I have to say that rap has come a long way since RDMC. Today's rap is smoother and they don't shout out the rhymes (except live maybe). I know this is a landmark album, and they are a landmark duo - the first to dump their velour suits for adidas and track suits (a big step forward). Musically I find it a bit irritating. Tricky is catchy, but the track that gets the most air play, Walk this Way, is to me, a tribute to how great a pop-rock song the original was. The 10% that RDMC add, I could do without. It was a big crossover. Rick Rubin, bla bla bla, but I like most of the rap we've heard more than this.
The two most popular positives people say for this album are that it was rap that folks in the suburbs liked and that Aerosmith was on the album. I think of those as the two biggest negatives. I guess there is some guitar playing and it’s interesting to have that fused with hip-hop
Exactly as bad as I remember it being. Completely putrid.
This album is nowhere near as good as their first album. Aerosmith sucks. Russ Simmons should've vetoed that shit. Hmm why am I liking this on my second listen? Aerosmith still sucks. "Hit it Run" - Beatboxing over a song that already has drums in it? Truly a wild concept, and can probably never not be poorly executed and distracting lol The rock samples in this album are trash You Be Illin' is kinda nice.¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The drums on Dumb Girl are so fucking nice, but the rest of the song is bad. the lyrics are genuinely trite, and the repetitive "dumb" sample playing during the hook is so unnecessary and not creative at all. what a waste of an absolute fire drum loop Proud to be Black is nice too ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Proto-Rap ist das was es ist Proto-Rap. Ich verstehe dass in nem witzigen Party Kontext oder als musikalischen Background aber kann mir niemand erzählen dass they das ernsthaft pumpt lol.
Habs nicht geschafft zu hören aber kenne die meisten Tracks und ist halt naja ganz cool aber größtenteils überhört
Ik ben geen rap liefhebber, maar RunDMC is natuurlijk wereldberoemd vanwege hun nummer "Walk This Way" en ook "It's Tricky" is aardig bekend. Beiden nummers staan op dit album staat. Voor de rest wel aardige beats, maar niks bijzonders. **
Fun for what it is. Was revolutionary, feels very vintage now, and quite misogynist. Again, nothing starred into my favourites
Sounds a bit corny for an album made by inner city black dudes. I can get behind this oldie hip hop better than a lot of stuff I hear now, I guess
p556, 1986. 2 stars. I can see why it's influential - rap meets rock - but not my thing. The impression I get is other than the singles, a lot of the tracks sound the same and seem like filler. Unlikely to listen to this again. Well done of its kind though.
WoW quelle œuvre qui vieilli mal!! Je suis sûr que le plus grand fan de l’album en 1986 n’est pas capable de l’Ecouter au complet aujourd’hui sans skipper. Même si on essaie de mettre l’œuvre en perspective sur ton époque on serait capable d’écouter l’album sans nausée. Si je suis le premier à chier mauve demain, ça reste de la marde. Je lévite: la toune d’aerosmith, une chance ils sont là Je l’évite; run de cette album la !!!
I occasionally listen to an ‘oldies’ radio station on my short drive to work. I’m not sure when my music or myself became old, but as the great songwriting duo Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen observed in their enchanting tune (famously covered by Frank Sinatra) ‘The September Of My Years’: ‘One day you turn around, and it’s summer. Next day you turn around, and it’s fall. And the springs and the winters of a life time, whatever happened to them all?’ Just for the record, I’m rather enjoying growing old. But back to the matter at hand, this ‘oldies’ station I sometimes enjoy. Now, I’m not talking about 90s grunge oldies (um hum, that’s 30 years ago, friends), or 80s new wave oldies, or 70s classic rock oldies. I’m talking the rock n' roll and R&B of the 60s and 50s. The real shit. And, unfortunately, often recorded/produced like shit. Because that’s the way things were back then. The studio technology was still pretty rudimentary, as well as the songwriting, and performances. A good friend of mine, hundreds of LPs ahead of me on this project, argued the value of Buddy Holly and the Crickets for its historical significance, and I agree. But he also honestly confessed that the record still sounds like shit, and on both sides of the studio glass, performance (including lyrics) and production. One has to remember context, though. For its time, Buddy Holly and the Crickets were revolutionary. And that’s where I’m going with Run-D.M.C. and 'Raising Hell.' I double dog dare you to listen to the likes of Kanye West or Eminem and then to this LP. Run and D.M.C. brag (and this LP is nothing if not bursting with braggadocio) about ‘Perfection’ on the last track of side one. But with elementary rhymes and missed beats (the fellas are too quick on the mic relative to Jam Master Jay’s scratching), this is hardly perfection. They should’ve named the song, ‘Deficient;’ no that’s a little harsh. How about ‘Middling,’ or in street vernacular, ‘middlin’.’ That would even rhyme well: Middlin- I’m just a chillin- I’m a superhero, I’m not a villain. I never claimed I could rap. Nor did you pay to read this review; so, clam up. (How’s that for an old expression?) The best thing on this LP is the production by the two very talented, and now famous (and getting old themselves) gentlemen, Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. Rubin’s credits now include a tremendous variety of artists from Johnny Cash to Slayer! His work on Tom Petty’s 'Wildflowers' is exquisite. Listen for yourself. So 'Raising Hell’s' at least has that working for it. The worst thing: a close call between the sad, tired, drugged out Aerosmith collaboration on, ‘Walk This Way,’ (credited as the first rock/hip-hop fusion to significantly chart, but it would take another five years for LA’s Rage Against The Machine to show us what this should truly sound like), or whoever (maybe Jay, maybe Rubin?) is playing the horrendous lead guitar on ‘Raising Hell.’ When the devil and his minions popped up in Queens and heard Run-D.M.C.’s ‘Raising Hell,’ they took their pitchforks and went right back down to their demonic hood to wait for Slayer’s release that same year, 'Reign in Blood.' Slayer literally knows how to raise hell. I’d call the guitar playing on Run-D.M.C.’s song pure garage band, but that would be an insult to a musical genre I happen to love. ‘It’s tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that’s right on time, it’s tricky,’ affirms Run-D.M.C. No argument here, guys. Your record’s proof enough. 1/5 (and that ain’t no jive, I’ve heard more buzzin from an ill behive)
Meh. Not a fan of all the beats and weird noises. But also not too bad, some catchy/cool songs