• book
    0% of Raising Hell completed

From the Publisher

The year is 1978. Saturday Night Fever is breaking box office records. All over America kids are racing home to watch Dance Fever, Michael Jackson is poised to become the next major pop star, and in Hollis, Queens, fourteen-year-old Darryl McDaniels—who will one day go by the name D.M.C.—busts his first rhyme: "Apple to the peach, cherry to the plum. Don't stop rocking till you all get some." Darryl's friend Joseph Simmons—now known as Reverend Run—thinks Darryl's rhyme is pretty good, and he becomes inspired. Soon the two join forces with a DJ—Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell—and form Run-D.M.C. Managed by Run's brother, Russell Simmons, the trio, donning leather suits, Adidas sneakers, and gold chains, become the defiant creators of the world's most celebrated and enduring hip-hop albums—and in the process, drag rap music from urban streets into the corporate boardroom, profoundly changing everything about popular culture and American race relations.

Through candid, original interviews and exclusive details about the group's extraordinary rise to the top—and its mortal end brought on by the tragic murder in 2002 of Jam Master Jay—Raising Hell tells of Run-D.M.C.'s epic story, including the rivalries with jealous peers, their mentoring of such legendary artists as the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy, and the battles with producers, record executives, and one another. Ronin Ro delivers a meticulously researched, compellingly written, affecting behind-the-music tale of family, friendship, betrayal, murder, and the building of the culture and industry known as hip-hop.

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061750694
List price: $10.99
Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
Availability for Raising Hell by Ronin Ro
With a 30 day free trial you can read online for free
  1. This book can be read on up to 6 mobile devices.

Related Articles

16 min read

The Secrets Of Super Siblings

EVERY NIGHT FOR 20 years, Gino Rodriguez knelt beside his three daughters’ beds and whispered an incantation. As rats the size of footballs skittered along the floor of the basement apartment on the South Side of Chicago, he repeated the same five words into each girl’s ear as she slept: “I can and I will.” The message was always the same, and the audience was always asleep. “You talk to the subconscious. You don’t talk to the conscious,” Rodriguez says. “That’s the one that really listens.” The girls slept “hot-dog style,” cocooned in tightly wrapped sheets to keep out the vermin. They occa
2 min read
Pop Culture

LISTEN: Shabazz Palaces Shades 'Your Favorite Rapper' With '30 Clip Extension'

In a year that has already seen a rapper named Future lead the industry with back-to-back No. 1 album releases, yet another double release is coming from an opposite corner of hip-hop's expanded universe. Shabazz Palaces has announced plans to release a second album, Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, via Sub Pop on July 14 — the same date Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star, the group's first album in three years, will see the light of day. That release was announced just two weeks ago. Creative album release strategies aside, that's probably where the Shabazz Palaces comparisons to any other rap
The Atlantic
3 min read
Pop Culture

Future Contains Multitudes

Remember that scowl Michael Phelps made at the Rio Olympics? It came from listening to the Atlanta rapper Future. In fact, some percentage of the scowls happening at any given time on Earth in the past few years likely have been thanks to Future, contemporary hip-hop’s most reliable resource for mood alteration. The 33-year-old Future is now gunning for a Billboard milestone: being the first artist to have two separate albums chart at No. 1 in back to back weeks. Which would seem like an odd distinction—who releases two albums a week apart?—were it not for Future’s legendary profligacy (he rel