Welcome to the latest edition of Masterpiece Reviews. Once again, we’ve thrown on our favorite velvet robe, turned up the fire, and are here to regale you with stories of the greatest and most classic albums of all time. It’s a fresh, new perspective on why these albums are filed under “M” for masterpiece.
By 1985, Run-D.M.C. had already established themselves as hip-hop trailblazers with their sophomore album, King of Rock. Just one year later, Rev Run, D.M.C., and Jam Master Jay cemented their legacy with Raising Hell. With iconic tracks like “It’s Tricky”, “My Adidas”, and their collaboration with Aerosmith on “Walk This Way” — the first hip-hop song to make it into the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 — Raising Hell set a new standard for the burgeoning hip-hop genre. It was the first rap album to be nominated for a Grammy award, achieved triple-platinum status, and was even dubbed the greatest hip-hop album of all time by Public Enemy’s Chuck D.
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