Darryl ”DMC” McDaniels
Legendary Music Icon
Co-founder of Run-DMC
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Darryl “DMC” McDaniels was a featured speaker at SLIF19.
Innovator, Motivator, Philanthropist, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels changed music and made history when he broke down cultural barriers 30 years ago with his legendary band Run-DMC. Thirty-five million record sales later he continues to inspire & impact the world…
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is a legendary music icon. From the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine to the first to appear on MTV, Grammy-nominated Run-DMC changed music, culture, fashion, language and made American history. It would be hard to overstate his influence on popular culture.
Thirty-five million record sales later, and more than ten years after the untimely death of his bandmate Jam Master Jay, DMC still continues to create, inspire and motivate. In 2009, as a member of Run-DMC, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2016 he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy given to “performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.”
In 2014 he launched a comic book company called Darryl Makes Comics (DMC Comics), a new journey that helps bridge the gap between the worlds of hip-hop and the fantastic adventures he got wrapped up in as a youth. The company’s first full-length graphic novel hit stores in October 2014 and has since followed up with a new release annually.
Darryl is also the co-author of two critically acclaimed books: his recent memoir entitled, Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide (2016/Harpers/Amistad), and a past autobiography King of Rock; Respect, Responsibility and My Life with Run-DMC (2001/ Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins).
In 2006 he co-founded the Felix Organization with Sheila Jaffe- a nonprofit that works to provide inspiring opportunities and new experiences to enrich the lives of children who are growing in the foster care system.
In between his work as a musical artist and producer, published author and speaker, or his work with his nonprofit, McDaniels has been invited around the globe to address various groups on respect, responsibility, and self-awareness, including an invitation to the White House by President Obama. Darryl has also appeared before Congress and various State legislatures in support of adoptees and foster children, worked with First Lady Michelle Obama on part of her Get Fit Campaign and was a featured speaker at the 2016 Kennedy Forum #Young Minds Matter event on Mental Health, and at the SXSW Music Festival to name a few.