Raising Hell 5. Review Summary: Raising Hell is a top quality listen, managing to incorporate a fun characteristic whilst maintaining a high standard of musical integrity and should not be excluded from any music collection, hip-hop or otherwise. In New York the people talk and try to make us rhyme They really hawk, but we just walk, because we have no time And in the city it's a pity, 'cause we just can't hide Tinted windows don't mean nothing, they know who's inside.
Jack B. Like the little old lady who lived in a shoe. If cuts were kids, he would be due. Occasionally however, the brilliance of a group gets overshadowed, lost in the midst of time to all but the few who remember them for who they were.
Although Run DMC and King of Rock were well received, it was their release Raising Hell that was perhaps the most important and influential album they released, solidifying the groups place in the annals of hip-hop greats and transforming rap from an underground phenomenon into a mainstream success.
Having built their style on Run DMC and then improved it on King Of Rock the band were on a high, having slowly gained both commercial success and critical acclaim. However on Raising Hell the now infamous fusion of rap and rock was perfected, taking this commercial and critical success to another level. The music here is rockier than anything the band had previously done, toning down the raw passion found on earlier releases and replacing it with a more comfortable flow.
An explosive, captivating start greets the listener, with the first four tracks each standing out for entirely different merits. The daring Peter Piper opens the album, followed immediately by one of the bands most well known tracks Its Tricky. The contrasting styles between these tracks is evident, with the former showcasing older rap credentials before the rockier sound seeps in through the subsequent tracks.
The catchy My Adidas sounds like a more polished version of the bands older material before Walk This Way upstages them all with the addition of a wonderful collaborative vocal performance from Steven Tyler.
The quality of the album never lets up, with each track bringing something different to the mixture. The beats, whilst never particularly extraordinary, are always a solid enough platform for the boys to perform on.
The stalwart base that they provide let the focus lay almost entirely on the accomplished vocals and consummate lyrics. Interestingly the most notable beats are found on the highly rock influenced, guitar-centric Raising Hell with the tight drum beats and guitar solo complementing the vocals well and excelling over more traditional hip-hop beats such as those found on My Adidas. Lyrically this album is a masterpiece, with the vocal interplay between the two rappers complimenting the often intelligent and occasionally humorous lyrics.
Lyrics such as In New York the people talk and try to make us rhyme They really hawk, but we just walk, because we have no time And in the city it's a pity, 'cause we just can't hide Tinted windows don't mean nothing, they know who's inside from Its Tricky show not only a catchy, rhythmical flow but are also a startling awareness of the realities of success.
Conversely some tracks such as Peter Piper seem to exist solely for bragging rights, with audacious rhymes being executed exemplarily. Generally speaking, tracks in this mould bring most of the humour to the table, with snappy one liners such as: Jack B. Ultimately it is the differences in lyrical styles that add variety to the album and the inclusion of ample amounts of both serious and fun songs give the album a great balance.
The rock elements are integrated into the music extremely well without losing any hip-hop fundamentals; reason alone to warrant a listen. What separates this album from others of the same ilk is the originality of the concept coupled with the flawless execution and at times brilliant vocals and exceptional lyrics.
Raising Hell is a top quality listen, managing to incorporate a fun characteristic whilst maintaining a high standard of musical integrity and should not be excluded from any music collection, hip-hop or otherwise. Anthems Hip Hop, Vol.
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The video ends with Run—D. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their eponymous video game. In this version, they changed the lyric " coke and lots of dope " to "sweets and lots of treats.
They released the cover as the third single from the album. Jackyl covered the song on their studio album Best in Show. From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core. Jump to: navigation , search.
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