Track #4 "Raising Hell" by Run-D.M.C.
“I cut the head off the Devil and I throw it at you
My mighty mic control, already brought his soul
The rock king is so bold when he rocks and roll
A black hat is my crown, symbolizin the sound
Signifyin, we won't play around; BUST IT!”
In 1985 a teacher introduced me to Iron Maiden's Live After Death double LP, my initial attraction was the historical aspect of their music and the heavy metal "Running Free" live version felt like my anthem, while my peers were deep into hip-hop, especially Run-D.M.C. "My Adidas" came out, and everyone I know had to get the Shelltops spending their summer youth check, I choose to stick to my Lottos. I viewed Hip-Hop at that time especially the radio-friendly acts of being repetitive, Run-D.M.C., coasted on that, they were huge mega-acts, MTV love them, the album "Raising Hell" finally helped them crossover, I wasn't jumping for joy "Walk This Way".
I was heavy into The Beastie Boys, and Bronx Rappers and Just-Ice, he was for me to be the most hardcore rapper at that time. Run was lyrically dull for me, his style was off-putting braggy but not as braggy as LL Cool Jay, most hip-hop acts at the time didn't elevate their lyrical abilities, they were enjoying their success, in hindsight, hip-hop felt like a fade.
I picked up the vinyl in 1986, the title track "Raising Hell" it blew me away I came to respect D.M.C.'s lyrical ability.
"Dissin all devils, causin havoc in HELL
At a very high level base and treble shall YELL
Heard in the heavens are the sounds supreme
So clear to the ear it is sometimes seen"
9th Grade was a tough adjustment; I would bump this song in my COBY cassette player, walking confidently through the halls, ready to deal with being labeled a troubled youth and having to attend my "therapeutic support program" classes.