Run-DMC’s ‘Raising Hell’ To Be Added To Library Of Congress’ National Recording Registry
Run-DMC, along with Jam Master Jay, will have their classic album, Raising Hell, inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
The Librarian of Congress selects 25 recordings deemed to be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” each year. It is a moment of anticipation for every living and known creative. So, it comes as no surprise that when announced yesterday (March 21) that Run-DMC’s breakthrough album Raising Hell would be added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry—where it would be on display for all time—that the moment would be another significant one for hip-hop and the culture.
“The thing that I remember most about Raising Hell is that it was so much great energy that it was made very easily,” Reverend Run said in a statement on the Library of Congress’ website. “To think that something that just came out of my mouth and out of my creativity is being put on this level of honor just blows my mind.” Raising Hell was seminal classic and a landmark album from the trio of hip-hop icons from Queens, New York.
The LP was the first rap album to ever be certified multi-platinum by the RIAA. The song featured the first rap-rock collaboration with Run-DMC linking up with Aerosmith for the chart-topping smash “Walk This Way”. It also became the first song to crack the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100. Raising Hell’s induction into the National Recording Registry comes a year after “Straight Outta Compton” (N.W.A.) was added, and follows “Rapper’s Delight” (The Sugarhill Gang), “The Message” (Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five), The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Lauryn Hill) and Fear Of A Black Planet (Public Enemy) as the other hip-hop recording to be selected by the Library of Congress.