Darryl McDaniels

Born May 31, 1964

Darryl "D.M.C. " Matthews McDaniels is an American musician. He is one of the pioneers of hip hop culture and founding members of the hip hop group Run–D.M.C.

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1964 Birth Born on May 31, 1964.


1978 14 Years Old McDaniels first became interested in hip hop music after listening to recordings of Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. In 1978, McDaniels taught himself to DJ in the basement of his parents' home, using turntables and a mixer given to him by his older brother, Alford. … Read More
1981 17 Years Old In 1981, he dropped the "Easy D" moniker in favor of "DMcD", the way he signed his work in school, and then to the shorter "D.M.C.". This new nickname alternately stood for "Devastating Mic Controller" or "Darryl Mac", his nickname since childhood as referenced in the lyrics of the song "King of Rock". In 1984, the trio released their self-titled debut album and became very successful in the hip-hop industry. … Read More


1997 33 Years Old In 1997, McDaniels began to slide into a deep depression. … Read More
2001 37 Years Old …  His autobiography, King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility, and My Life with Run-DMC, was released in January 2001. … Read More


2006 42 Years Old In March 2006, McDaniels released his solo album, Checks Thugs and Rock N Roll. … Read More
2007 43 Years Old In June 2007, McDaniels joined Aerosmith on stage at the Hard Rock Calling festival in London, England to perform "Walk This Way". … Read More
2009 45 Years Old In 2009, McDaniels performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's nonfiction book A People's History of the United States (1980).
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McDaniels' second solo album, the more rock oriented The Origins Of Block Music, was due out in mid-2010 but was delayed.


2014 50 Years Old In 2014, McDaniels ventured into the comics industry with his own publishing imprint, Darryl Makes Comics. … Read More
2015 51 Years Old As of January 2015, McDaniels was working with the band Generation Kill on an project entitled DMC Generation Kill, to be produced by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal. … Read More
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