20 Album Challenge – Day 17

The 20 Day Album challenge continues. Today’s pick is Raising Hell by Run–D.M.C.


By 1986, my break dancing days were over. But, I was still loving rap. This iconic album brought rap to mainstream. The combination of rap and rock made the transition easy. The entire album is great, highlighted by “My Adidas“, “You Be Illin’“, and “It’s Tricky“, which seems to be as popular today as it was back then.

Of course, the centerpiece of this album is Aerosmith’s cover of “Walk This Way”. The smash hit single also featured Steven Tyler and Joe Perry guesting on vocals and guitars. This drew the interest of rock fans, which made rap more acceptable. Thanks to Aerosmith, Run-D.M.C. became one of the biggest, if not THE biggest rap act in the world at the time. However, both bands helped each other out. Aerosmith had faded away, and were trying to come back. Done with Mirrors was supposed to be Aerosmith’s great comeback. But, it was a big flop which could have been the end of the road. So, just as Aerosmith helped put Run-D.M.C. on the map, Run-D.M.C. made Aerosmith relevant again. A year after the “Walk This Way” remake, Aerosmith released their Permanent Vacation album, and the rest is history.

Come with me to rock a rhyme that’s right on time, and check out Raising Hell on Spotify

And if you’d like to get the album from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below:

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