DMC On ‘People’s Party With Talib Kweli’

DMC On 'People's Party With Talib Kweli'

In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down rapper, writer, author and founding member of the iconic trio Run-DMC…

The Devastating Mic Controller…


Run-DMC is often regarded as THE most influential group in the history of the culture. Here’s what they got into:

  • Their classic song, “You Be Illin” almost never being released
  • Being inspired by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  • Feelings on being the 2nd rap group inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
  • Being given up for adoption by his birth mother
  • Superheroes being DMC’s role models as a kid and how he chose his name
  • What led to DMC having his own comic book universe
  • Taking shots at the Bronx crews that were hating on Run-DMC’s fame
  • Jam Master Jay’s style becoming Run-DMC’s signature uniforms
  • Almost being in the car with 2Pac the night he was shot and killed
  • Jam Master Jay’s importance to Run-DMC and being protected by his street status
  • Why DMC never showed up on Rev Run’s “Run’s House” reality show
  • Beastie Boys arriving at Def Jam and carving out their own lane in hip hop
  • Not realizing the lasting impact that their song “Proud To Be Black” would have
  • Why Rick Rubin was such a great producer
  • A new claim to TikTok fame with their song “It’s Tricky” going viral
  • Being blamed for the violence that erupted between rival gangs at a concert
  • How Run-DMC felt about Hammer dissing them on “Pump It Up”
  • Why he hated his group’s 1991 release ‘Back From Hell’
  • Their song “Down With The King” reinstating their relevance
  • Being diagnosed with the voice disorder Spasmodic dysphonia
  • Falling into deep depression and contemplating suicide
  • An awakening during therapy and the moments that made him see life was worth living

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