Raising Hell is the third album by 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 rap album in the history of hip-hop. The album was first certified as Platinum on July 15, 1986, before it was certified as 3x Platinum by the RIAA on April 24, 1987.
In 1987, Raising Hell was nominated for a Grammy Award. 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".
Raising Hell peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard 200, and number 1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart.
The album features four Billboard singles that also hit the UK Singles Chart: "My Adidas", "Walk This Way", "You Be Illin'" and "It's Tricky". The group's most famous single, the groundbreaking rap rock version of Aerosmith's 1975 song "Walk This Way", is considered to be the first rap rock collaboration that also brought hip-hop into the mainstream.
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.
Label: Arista 88985438141
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Genre: Hip Hop
A1 Peter Piper
A2 It's Tricky
A3 My Adidas
A4 Walk This Way
A5 Is It Live
B1 Hit It Run
B2 Raising Hell
B3 You Be Illin'
B4 Dumb Girl
B5 Son Of Byford
B6 Proud To Be Black