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Darryl "DMC" McDaniels

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Hip Hop Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Apple Pie, Rice Pudding and Red Velvet Cake
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
“My Whole Life Is A Big Vacation.”
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/31/1964
Birth Location:
Harlem, New York

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Hip Hop Artist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Apple Pie, Rice Pudding and Red Velvet Cake
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
“My Whole Life Is A Big Vacation.”
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/31/1964
Birth Location:
Harlem
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Biography

Hip hop artist Darryl “DMC” McDaniels was born on May 31, 1964 in Harlem, New York. He graduated from Rice High School in Manhattan in 1982, and enrolled at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, but did not graduate.

In 1982, McDaniels formed Run DMC with group mates Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell. In 1984, Run DMC signed to Profile Records under the management of Russell Simmons, and released their first album, Run DMC. That same year, the group’s music video “Rock Box” became first rap music video played on MTV. In 1985, Run DMC released the King of Rock album. They became only the second rap group to appear on American Bandstand, performing the hit “Jam Master Jammin.” In 1986, Run DMC released the critically acclaimed Raising Hell album, which was their top selling album, reaching certified triple platinum status. Raising Hell featured the popular song “Walk This Way,” a cover of the 1975 Aerosmith single of the same name. In the same year, Run DMC became the first rap group to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and the first rap group to perform on Saturday Night Live. The group followed their success with albums Tougher Than Leather in 1988 and Back From Hell in 1990. In 1993, Run DMC released Down with the King, and after an eight year hiatus, Run DMC released their comeback album, Crown Royal in 2001. McDaniels released his first solo album, Check Thugs and Rock N Roll, in 2006.

McDaniels co-founded The Felix Organization, a nonprofit focused on children who grow up in the foster care system. In 2009, he and Run DMC were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. McDaniels authored an autobiography entitled King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility, and My Life with Run DMC, and a memoir entitled Ten Ways to Not Commit Suicide. In 2014, McDaniels created the comic book publishing imprint, Darryl Makes Comics. Run DMC became the first rap group to be awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

McDaniels and his wife, Zuri McDaniels, have one son, Darryl “D’Son” McDaniels, Jr.

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels was interviewed by The Historymakers on August 26, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels describes his birth mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels talks about his adoption
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Darryl DMC McDaniels talks about the adoption laws in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels remembers meeting his birth mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels describes his adoptive parents' backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels describes the Hollis neighborhood of Queens, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels talks about his early activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels describes his interest in comic books
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels recalls his early experiences of bullying
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels describes the demographics of his neighborhood in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels describes the celebrity residents of Queens, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels recalls his introduction to hip hop music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels recalls selling his comic books to buy deejay equipment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels explains the process of mixing music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels remembers 'Superrappin'' by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels talks about disco and hip hop music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels recalls listening to early hip hop music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels remembers his childhood friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels recalls his early friendship with Reverend Run
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels remembers the early hip hop artists
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels describes the early hip hop battles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels talks about the decline of musical education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels describes his high school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels remembers recording Run-DMC's first singles, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels remembers recording Run-DMC's first singles, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels recalls signing a contract with Profile Records
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels recalls his aspirations while in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels remembers leaving college to tour with Run-DMC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels explains the origin of Jam Master Jay's name
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels describes his friendship with Jam Master Jay
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels talks about Reverend Run and Jam Master Jay
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels talks about Run-DMC's visual style
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels recalls the premiere of Run-DMC's first video on MTV
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels talks about Run-DMC's song, 'Walk This Way'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels describes the impact of Run-DMC's 'Walk This Way'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels recalls the introduction of hip hop music to the mainstream
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Darryl "DMC" talks about Run-DMC's contribution to hip hop music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels remembers a gang brawl at a Run-DMC concert
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels talks about contemporary hip hop music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels reflects upon the negative messages in hip hop music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels talks about parental advisory labels
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels talks about the commercialization of hip hop music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels remembers the night that Tupac was killed
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels talks about Run-DMC's original style
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels talks about the labelling of conscious rap
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Darryl "DMC" McDaniels remembers President Barack Obama's election