Label: Profile Records, Arista Records
If you happened to have been in the parking lot of the A&P in downtown Little Silver, New Jersey one sweaty summer night of 1986 and saw two drunk idiot high-school kids standing on the roof of a station wagon, rocking it violently back and forth with their feet while they performed an acapella version of "It's Tricky," the second song from Run-D.M.C.'s third album, Raising Hell, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that it was not me and James Cash up there making fools of ourselves while our friends tried to get us down before we set off a car alarm or something and brought the cops coming. I don't know who it was. I wasn't there and I don't know anything about it.
The Beastie Boys get a lot credit/blame for introducing white suburbia to the joys/dangers of rap music with their album Licensed to Ill, which came out later that year. It wasn't that so much as it was this. Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell. The original soundtrack for jumping on top of station wagons in A&P parking lots. —Dave Bry