We’re a couple of weeks late on this one but 15th May 2016 marked the 30th Anniversary of Run DMC’s ‘Raising Hell’ LP. Typically we give our own take on the iconic releases of each year, but in this case Wikipedia does a pretty good job of covering the important facts, so we’ll defer to their summary:
“Raising Hell is the third studio album by hip hop group Run–D.M.C. The breakthrough album 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” featuring Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. While the song was not the group’s first fusion of rock and hip hop (the group’s earlier singles “Rock Box” and “King of Rock” was), it was the first such fusion to make a significant impact on the charts, becoming the first rap song to crack the top 5 of The Billboard Hot 100. Raising Hell peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart as the first hip hop/rap album to do so, and at No. 6 on the Billboard 200.”
Full length hip hop LPs were sufficiently few in number in 1986 that Ego Trip did not produce an album list. The single ‘My Adidas / Peter Piper’ from the album however comes in #2 on the Top 40 Rap Singles from the year.