Darryl McDaniels
American rapper
Darryl McDaniels
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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Run-DMC Founder Sues Amazon, Wal-Mart For $50 Million, Claiming Trademark Infringement
Huffington Post - about 2 months
A founder of Run-DMC on Thursday filed a lawsuit accusing Amazon.com Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc of selling a wide variety of clothing and accessories bearing the pioneering rap group’s name without permission. Darryl McDaniels, the owner of Run-DMC Brand LLC, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, is seeking at least $50 million of damages from the retailers and other defendants over their alleged sale of glasses, hats, patches, T-shirts, wallets and other products that infringe the Run-DMC trademark registered in 2007. McDaniels called the Run-DMC brand “extremely valuable,” and said it is the subject of several licensing agreements, including to endorse sneakers from Adidas AG. He said the defendants are confusing consumers into believing that Run-DMC endorsed their products and are trading on the goodwill associated with the name, in violation of federal trademark and New York unfair competition laws. “Plaintiff will suffer immediate and irreparable injury, loss, or damage” un ...
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Run-DMC founder sues Amazon.com, Wal-Mart over trademark
Yahoo News - about 2 months
A founder of Run-DMC on Thursday filed a lawsuit accusing Amazon.com Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc of selling a wide variety of clothing and accessories bearing the pioneering rap group's name without permission. Darryl McDaniels, the owner of Run-DMC Brand LLC, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, is seeking at least $50 million of damages from the retailers and other defendants over their alleged sale of glasses, hats, patches, T-shirts, wallets and other products that infringe the Run-DMC trademark registered in 2007. McDaniels called the Run-DMC brand "extremely valuable," and said it is the subject of several licensing agreements, including to endorse sneakers from Adidas AG.
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Chance The Rapper Celebrates The Last Christmas Before Donald Trump With Run-DMC Spoof
Huffington Post - 2 months
Chance the Rapper marked what will be President Barack Obama’s last holiday season in office by spoofing Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” track on “Saturday Night Live.” The hip-hop star joined forces with regular “SNL” cast members Kenan Thompson and Leslie Jones for the music video of the catchy “Jingle Barack” song. There was even a cameo appearance by the real-life DMC, aka Darryl McDaniels, toward the end. But the upbeat number came with a serious message, principally a warning of what will happen this time next year — once President-elect Donald Trump is in the White House. “Hey kids enjoy the presents while you can, because next year you might get a bomb from Iran,” rapped Thompson, with Chance later adding: “I’mma hurt myself before we lose Obamacare.” Check it out in the clip above and see Run-DMC’s original video below: type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58563a8fe4b03904470921f4, ...
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DMC tackles black-on-black crime, says "It's not all good in the hood"
CNN - 9 months
Rapper Darryl McDaniels -- known as DMC -- says gun violence shouldn't be a partisan issue.
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Erik Nielson: Where Would Hip Hop Be Without Colleges and Universities?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
In an interview with Fuse last year, Kendrick Lamar--who just took the top spot in MTV's annual "Hottest MCs in the Game" list--revealed that his greatest regret in life was that he never attended college when he was younger. "Now all these years have passed, and I done got deep into a career, a music career," he said. "It's gonna be hard to find time unless I really put my focus into it." It might seem strange that a rapper at the top of his game would place such importance on going to college, especially coming from a genre that prizes street knowledge over formal education. And yet a glance just a bit further down the "Hottest MCs" list reveals that the ivory tower has been a stop along the path to stardom for some of today's biggest names, including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and Kanye West. In fact, this has been true throughout most of hip hop's 40 year history. While traditional narratives tend to present early hip hop solely as the product of marginalized urban you ...
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White Chicks Soundtrack Song List - Screen Junkies
Google News - over 5 years
"It's Tricky" This song was written by Darryl McDaniels, Joseph Simmons, Jason Mizell and Rick Rubin. This song was performed by Run DMC "Crazy In Love" This song was written by Eugene Record and performed by the singer Beyonce' Knowles of Columbia
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International Songwriting Competition Announces Judges For The 2011 - Contactmusic.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Sandra Bernhard; Trombone Shorty; Robert Earl Keen; Black Francis (The Pixies); Mose Allison; Robert Smith (The Cure); Amadou & Mariam; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; and more
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Former Warrant singer Jani Lane dead; Smashing Pumpkins to play 9:30 Club ... - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The International Songwriting Competition released its panel of judges for 2011 and it includes Tom Waits, Tori Amos, My Morning Jacket, Kelly Clarkson, Trombone Shorty, Robert Smith, Amadou & Mariam, Darryl McDaniels and many more
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LeBron James' Sheets Energy Strips now available in vending machines - The Business of Sports (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... campaign backed by a number of partners including the Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire and the Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari, Ravens running back Ray Rice, and recording artists Pitbull and Drake and Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels (pictured on vending machine)
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Darryl McDaniels Named Garden of Dreams Board Member - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
“Darryl McDaniels is not only a music legend, but a true leader and role model with the work he does to help children,” said Hank Ratner, Chairman, Garden of Dreams Foundation and President & CEO, The Madison Square Garden Company
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DMC Appointed To Garden of Dreams Foundation's Board; Continues Work With Children - AllHipHop
Google News - over 5 years
“Darryl McDaniels is not only a music legend, but a true leader and role model with the work he does to help children,” said Hank Ratner, Chairman, Garden of Dreams Foundation and President & CEO, The Madison Square Garden Company
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Run-DMC's DMC and Artist/Director Justin Bua Talk DMC Doc - XXLMAG.COM
Google News - over 5 years
But, for decades now — especially after the untimely death of third member Jam-Master Jay in 2002 and the 2005 launch of the MTV reality series, Run's House, which highlighted the family life of frontman Run — DMC, born Darryl McDaniels,
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Nike 3 on 3 Tourney, By the Numbers - LA Downtown News Online
Google News - over 5 years
His basketball affinity makes sense — fleas have mad hops. .33 repeating: The proportional membership of Darryl McDaniels in the seminal hip-hop group Run-DMC McDaniels will perform on Saturday as part of the fan-friendly entertainment options meant
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Concours International de Composition 2011 - Audiofanzine
Google News - over 5 years
Le jury d'artistes est composé cette année de Tom Waits, Jeff Beck, My Morning Jacket, Kelly Clarkson, Tori Amos, Massive Attack, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), Robert Smith (The Cure), Keane, James Cotton, Wynonna, Craig Morgan, McCoy Tyner,
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Marcel Shipp's camp returns to Paterson - NorthJersey.com
Google News - over 5 years
In conjunction with the camps, Shipp, Cruz, Huggins, Eastside principal Zatiti Moody (a former defensive end for the University of Pittsburgh) and Darryl McDaniels (of the legendary rap group Run-DMC) will participate in a free leadership symposium on
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Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle" Is a Father's Nightmare -- And We Need ... - SF Weekly (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Darryl McDaniels -- DMC from the seminal hip-hop group Run-DMC -- once confessed to hearing the tune while grocery shopping and getting all teary-eyed in the dog food aisle. (Quick aside: "Cat's in the Cradle" playing at a supermarket?
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DMC Sows a Garden of Dreams for Kids - HappyNews.com
Google News - over 5 years
This week, we speak with hip-hop star Darryl McDaniels, better known as DMC of Run-DMC, about his involvement with the Garden of Dreams Foundation. The nonprofit charity works with the New York Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Media, MSG Entertainment and
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Today in History - June 23 - mysask.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
In 1991, a brawl at an Atlanta nightclub led to charges of aggravated assault and battery against "Run DMC" lead rapper Darryl McDaniels. He and two other members of the rap group, Raymond White and Michael Dobson, were charged with attacking two
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Darryl McDaniels
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 50
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2006, Darryl McDaniels was presented with the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award for his work with children in foster care and promotion of adoption. He founded a summer camp providing 170 foster children with resources and experiences they otherwise would not have had access to. He sits on the Board of Directors of Children’s Rights, a national watchdog organization that reforms failing child welfare systems. McDaniels has been a resident of Wayne, New Jersey. He has also been reconnected to his biological mother through a genealogist in recent years. See Run-D.M.C. Discography
  • FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 49
    In 2014, McDaniels ventured into the comics industry with his own publishing imprint, Darryl Makes Comics.
    More Details Hide Details McDaniels explains his lifelong love of the medium thus: "Growing up a mild-mannered, Catholic school kid, all I did was go to school and read comic books. I was strictly a Marvel Comics head; Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Fist, you name it. I loved Marvel because it was the city; it was all New York. The same backdrop I was living in in this universe was in the Marvel universe. Comics did for me what hip hop did for me as I got older; it empowered me, inspired me and educated me. I learned about Nazis, space exploration, everything from comics." Darryl Makes Comics' first book is DMC, a 90-page anthology graphic novel set in 1985 that features McDaniels as a superhero who confronts both criminals and other superheroes whose recklessness threatens innocent lives. The comic's version of DMC wears McDaniels' signature Adidas sneakers, fedora and rope chain, along with an elongated turtleneck that masks his face. The book is written by McDaniels and Damion Scott, and edited by Darryl Makes Comics' Editor-in-Chief, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and Senior Editor Rigo "Riggs" Morales. Each chapter in the anthology is illustrated by a different artist, because, as McDaniels explained, " If DMC was really running around and bumped into four different people, they'd have four different descriptions of what he was like. We wanted each artist's work to relate to each character's view of DMC.
  • 2010
    Age 45
    In December 2010, McDaniels appeared with Talib Kweli, Mix Master Mike, and Ahmet Zappa on a cover of Frank Zappa's "Willie the Pimp" for The Frank Zappa AAAFNRAAAA Birthday Bundle 2010.
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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.
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  • 2009
    Age 44
    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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  • 2007
    Age 42
    In June 2007, McDaniels joined Aerosmith on stage at the Hard Rock Calling festival in London, England to perform "Walk This Way".
    More Details Hide Details McDaniels is featured in the video game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (2008) singing Run-D.M.C.'s singles "King of Rock" and "Walk This Way". He is also an unlockable guitarist in the game. In the game's trailer, it is revealed that McDaniels' son plays Guitar Hero for hours each day.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    In March 2006, McDaniels released his solo album, Checks Thugs and Rock N Roll.
    More Details Hide Details Produced and Music Directed by Romeo Antonio. The first single, "Just Like Me", features an interpolation of Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle" (1974) performed by McDaniels' musical savior, Sarah McLachlan. During a recording session, McLachlan revealed to McDaniels that she, too, had been adopted. McDaniels also collaborated with Adoptee Zara Philips on "I'm Legit." He testified before the New Jersey State Legislature in support of legislation to restore Adopted Adults' access to their original birth certificates. He said the State needlessly denied adopted people access to "Chapter One." "You Can't Start at Chapter Two." The legislation McDaniels supported was signed by Governor Christie and becomes effective on January 1, 2017. McDaniels and other New York State adoptees do not have access to their birth records. McDaniels had written the first draft of his autobiography before learning he was adopted and was working on a second solo album, working titled The Next Level. Three tracks off the new album have been released ("Next Level", "Hip Hop", and "Beef Eater") and can be heard on his Myspace page.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 36
    His autobiography, King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility, and My Life with Run-DMC, was released in January 2001.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2006, VH1 premiered the documentary titled DMC: My Adoption Journey. The program ends with McDaniels reuniting with his birth mother, who turned out to be named Berncenia and despite previous beliefs, was not, in fact, of Dominican descent. He thanks her for her choice because had he not been placed for adoption, Run-D.M.C. would have never existed.
  • 1997
    Age 32
    In 1997, McDaniels began to slide into a deep depression.
    More Details Hide Details He became extremely unhappy with the rigorous routine of touring and performing, and with being away from his wife and newborn son. He began to rely heavily on prescription drugs and alcohol to ease the pain. While on tour, McDaniels noticed his voice was giving out. He was later diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a vocal disorder which causes involuntary spasms of the larynx muscles. He believes it was caused by the aggressive way in which he performs his lyrics compounded with the years of heavy drinking. Meanwhile, McDaniels began to have creative differences with his bandmates in Run-D.M.C., which by then, was well past its prime as a commercially successful hip-hop group. A longtime fan of artists such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Harry Chapin, McDaniels wanted to move towards a slower, softer sound which suited his now troubled voice. Run wanted to continue with the aggressive, hard rock-edged, sound that the group was known for. These disagreements caused McDaniels to sit out most of the recording of Crown Royal (2001). He appeared on only three songs.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1981
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The group's success continued to grow and reached its peak with their third album Raising Hell. The album went to No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, making Run-D.M.C. the most popular hip-hop group at the time. During this time, McDaniels began to build a reputation as a heavy drinker. He was known to drink up to eight 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor a day and was arrested twice for public intoxication and driving while intoxicated. In 1987 Run-D.M.C. wrote Christmas in Hollis for "A Very Special Christmas". The music video for "Christmas in Hollis" was shot in Hollis, Queens, New York. Run-D.M.C. filmed the video during their 1987 tour. DMC's mother made a guest appearance in the video.
  • 1978
    Age 13
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During this period he adopted the stage name "Grandmaster Get High". Later that year, McDaniels sold his DJ equipment, after his friend Joseph "Run" Simmons acquired his own turntables and mixer. After Jam-Master Jay – who had a reputation as the best young DJ in Hollis – joined the group, Run encouraged McDaniels to rap rather than DJ. Gradually, McDaniels came to prefer rapping to mixing records, and adopted the nickname of "Easy D".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Born on May 31, 1964.
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