Run DMC – Raising Hell (Hybrid Numbered SACD)
Among the Most Influential, Inventive, Invigorating Records Ever Released: Run-D.M.C.’s Raising Hell Brought Hip-Hop to the Mainstream, Includes Crossover Smash “Walk This Way”
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Strictly Limited to 2,000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD Dramatically Heightens Rick Rubin’s Pioneering Production
Run-D.M.C.’s Raising Hell remains the turning point at which hip-hop crashed through mainstream barriers and never left. Anchored by the crossover smash “Walk This Way,” the 1986 blockbuster still sounds like a revolution unfolding in real time. It has everything – hard-rock riffs, turntable scratching, itchy rhythms, hit singles – not the least of which are the trio’s invigorating raps and inseparable chemistry. And now it’s the first rap record afforded audiophile treatment, courtesy of Mobile Fidelity’s simply illin’ edition.
Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 2,000 copies, the unsurpassed reissue label’s hybrid SACD elevates Raising Hell to sonic heights on par with its musical and cultural significance. Ranked the 123rd Greatest Album of All Time by Rolling Stone, 43rd on Pitchfork‘s Greatest Albums of the 1980s, one of the Top 100 Albums of All Time by TIME – and included on “Best of” lists by Spin, Paste, XXL, Entertainment Weekly, and basically every other significant media outlet – the triple-platinum effort rocks the house.
Afforded deserved dynamics and clarity, Raising Hell unleashes a torrent of massive dynamics and tsunami of frequency-plumbing details underlined by Rick Rubin’s taut, crisp, albeit raw and streetwise production. Just as the Queens-based group both defined what hip-hop could represent – and displayed just how big it could get – Rubin’s work melded ear-worm hooks, savvy drum loops, metal-leaning guitars, and, of course, Run and D.M.C.’s cross-fire lyrical interplay into watertight frameworks bursting with ideas, tones, samples, and beats. Heard anew on Mobile Fidelity SACD, Raising Hell is in every regard the aural equivalent of a direct-to-console 1970s classic. And it sounds as fresh as hell.
- Peter Piper
- It’s Tricky
- My Adidas
- Walk This Way
- Is It Live
- Hit It Run
- Raising Hell
- You Be Illin’
- Dumb Girl
- Son of Byford
- Proud to Be Black