Behind the Design of Run DMC’s Seminal Raising Hell

Over the years, greatest album artwork lists in magazines have tended to focus on classic rock: the gatefold sleeves, the high concepts, and the intricacy—think Barney Bubbles’ baroque psychedelia or Hipgnosis’ neo-surrealism. Hip hop, however, has its own gallery of golden greats: NWA’s Straight Outta Compton, Nas’ Illmatic, De La Soul’s 3 Feet High And Rising, to name a few. And then there’s Run DMC’s seminal 1986 classic Raising Hell—a striking sleeve for what was a then-burgeoning genre. It’s fresh, in both the traditional and colloquial sense, made in the spirit of the times when Joseph Simmons a.k.a Run, Darryl McDaniels a.k.a DMC, and DJ Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell rode the zeitgeist into people’s living rooms around the globe…


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