Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Album 365: Day 57 - Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell

Raising Hell

Favorite tracks: Peter Piper, Walk This Way, Hit It Run
Sleeper tracks: Perfection, Dumb Girl

One of a couple rap albums I'll be listening to for Album: 365

I first heard this album in Wild Rose, WI.  My grandparents had a trailer in a camping community.  There was a kid that had parents who owned a trailer there as well (I think Frankie was his name.  He was bad news...smoked cigarettes and played cards for money with adults).  He was digging a trench for a water line to his trailer and was blasting this record.  I think this was around 86 or 87.

I got my hands on a cassette from somebody from school (Dave Vanden Heuvel) and dubbed it.  I played the hell out of it that whole school year.  It was something dangerous and cool.  A white kid listening to black rap AND they said 'fuck' a couple times.

Listening to it now, I can't believe how safe the album really is.  It's pretty iconic and for its time, was an awesome cross-culture phenomenon.  Now its more of a nostalgia thing.  There isn't much substance but the lyrics are catchy and Rubin's horrible guitar playing makes me shake my head.

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