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Raising Hell, released on May 15, 1986, by RUN DMC, stands as a pivotal milestone in the history of rap music. Recognized as the first rap album to achieve Platinum status, it not only broke sales records but also played a crucial role in elevating hip-hop into mainstream consciousness.
Produced by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, Raising Hell not only featured iconic tracks like "Walk This Way," a groundbreaking rap rock collaboration with Aerosmith but also showcased a blend of innovative beats and socially resonant lyrics.
The album's historic success marked a turning point, solidifying hip-hop's place in the music industry and paving the way for the genre's widespread recognition and influence.