The trio's third album became the first rap LP to crack the top 10 of the Billboard 200 & the first certified platinum by the RIAA.
Critics who dismissed rap as a passing fad were proved wrong when trailblazer Run-D.M.C.'s third album, Raising Hell, reached the summit of Billboard's Top Black Albums chart (now called Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums) on Aug. 16, 1986.
It was the first rap LP to reach No. 1 — just one of many career breakthroughs achieved by the trio of Joseph "Run" Simmons, then 21; Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, 22; and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, 21.
Run-D.M.C. formed in Queens and signed with Profile Records in 1983. The following year, the act broke a key cultural barrier when the video for "Rock Box," from its self-titled debut, made it the first rap group played on MTV. Two years later, Raising Hell presaged hip-hop's commercial viability, crossing over to the all-genre Billboard 200, where it rose to No. 3 — the first rap album to crack the top 10.