Raising Hell
Raising Hell
Studio album by Run-D.M.C.


27 May 1986




Hip hop, rap rock




Profile, Arista


Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons

Run-D.M.C. chronology


King of Rock (1985)


Tougher Than Leather (1988)

Raising Hell is the third studio album by American hip hop group Run-D.M.C., released in 1986 on Profile and Arista Records. Their breakthrough album, it trumped standing perceptions of commercial viability for hip hop groups, achieving triple-platinum status and receiving critical attention from quarters that had previously ignored hip hop. Raising Hell features the well known cover "Walk This Way", which features rock group Aerosmith. While the song was not the group's first fusion of rock and hip hop, it was the first such fusion to make a significant impact on the charts, becoming the first hip hop song to enter the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Raising Hell peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200, and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It received rave reviews from critics, and it is often considered one of the best hip hop albums of all time.

Track listingEdit

All songs performed by Run-D.M.C. All songs produced by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin.

No. Title Writer(s) Time
1. "Peter Piper" McDaniels, Simmons 3:25
2. "It's Tricky" McDaniels, Mizell, Rubin, Simmons 3:03
3. "My Adidas" McDaniels, Rubin, Simmons 2:47
4. "Walk This Way" Perry, Tyler 5:11
5. "Is It Live" McDaniels, Mizell, Rubin, Sever, Simmons 3:06
6. "Perfection" McDaniels, Simmons 2:52
7. "Hit It Run" McDaniels, Mizell, Simmons 3:10
8. "Raising Hell" McDaniels, Simmons, Rubin 5:31
9. "You Be Illin'" Mizell, Simmons, White 3:26
10. "Dumb Girl" McDaniels, Simmons, Simmons 3:31
11. "Son of Byford" McDaniels, Simmons 0:27
12. "Proud to be Black" Brown, McDaniels, Simmons 3:14
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