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NY Daily News: Run-DMC’s rapper Darryl McDaniels launches new comic book line


The newly minted comic company, Darryl Makes Comics, is ready to debut its first novel, ‘DMC’ at New York Comic Con in October. Darryl McDaniels portrays himself as a superhero instead of a rapper in the graphic novels.

Rapper Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC fame may be known for crushing “Sucker MCs” — but he’s unmasking himself as a comic book nerd.

Selling 25 million records is impressive enough, but McDaniels is now living out a childhood fantasy at age 50 with the launch of his own line of comic books.

The Jam Master Jay Foundation on AmazonSmile

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Pedal on the Pier

Join TEAM DMC on Sunday, June 1st at the beautiful Santa Monica Pier. Doors open at 9:30am. Ride begins at 11:00am, with a cutoff time of 4:00pm!

Find out more at: https://pedalonthepier.haroldrobinsonfoundation.org/member.asp?m=1566

Win an autographed copy of DMC’s 1st Comic Book

Win a DMC autographed copy of issue zero! Repost this image on your Instagram account with #DMCMakesComics and @DMCMakesComics and a lucky winner will be selected at random. Contest ends May 1, 2014 and includes free shipping anywhere in the world!

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DMC Helps Kids Dream

DMC helps sow a Garden of Dreams for kids

Cause Celeb highlights a celebrity’s work on behalf of a specific cause. 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.

Q: What was so appealing about Garden of Dreams that made you want to join the board??

DMC: The Garden of Dreams is fantastic at giving kids, who this world considers underprivileged, opportunities to become the people that they were put here to be in the first place. Garden of Dreams don’t look at these children as underprivileged, who need special treatment; they look at these kids as kids of purpose and destiny. They give kids chances to overcome their obstacles, regardless of their situation, whether it’s foster care, or homelessness, or education and physical disabilities.

Q: What inspired you to do charity work with children?

DMC: Well, after doing everything that I did with Run DMC, having a life that I had, I found out at the age of 35 that I was adopted.  It was a big shock to me, didn’t know my whole life, and then I found out that I was a foster kid. So I was one of those kids, and I looked at what was important about my life; (it) isn’t the fact that I’m DMC of Run DMC, that’s easy. I will always be the king of rock, one of the greatest rappers ever. The important thing about my existence is: people took time out of their lives to give me a chance to be what I was put here to be.  You know, my mother and father decided to adopt me out of foster care, and send me to school, and discipline me, and educate me, and teach me; that’s all these kids need. So it made me realize that with the children of the world, flesh and blood has nothing to do with being brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers to every child in every city, in every ghetto, in every orphanage, in every group home.
I am one of those kids, and I represent what happens when you allow and support an organization like Garden of Dreams to make a kid’s dreams come true.

Q: So why do you think people should support this cause over others?

DMC: Because when you look at these children of the world, regardless of their situation, whether it be poverty, homelessness, you know, foster care, kids in group homes, incarceration, a lack of the sufficient educational mediums and facilities, these children are the next leaders, and people that will be running this world. These kids are the next you and me, the next journalists, the next entertainers, the next teachers, politicians, lawyers, scientists, pilots, astronauts, and the list goes on.
The most valuable resource that this Earth has is educating, nurturing and putting time and energy into our growing children, regardless of their relationships to us and their situations. All of those people have a habit of having their own children and walking around the world and seeing kids in bad situations and they go, “I ain’t got nothing to worry about, those ain’t my kids.”
No, every child that is born into this world is our children and it’s our responsibility as, not only the great nation of America, but globally, to give these children every chance that they deserve, every opportunity no matter what it is. That’s why they should support the Garden of Dreams, ‘cuz these kids are us.

Q: What will be your duties as a member of the board?

DMC: I’m basically the, I ain’t going to say ambassador, the guy who is able to navigate the delicate line between politics, religion, legal laws, what I am able to do, because I represent hip-hop, I come from the music background, and music is a universal language. So with me, I am able to go and talk and relate to everybody, everywhere, globally, with a 6-year-old kid that likes my music, or the 65-year-old person that likes “Walk This Way.” I am kind of the ambassador or the spokesman, or the representative … the living, breathing proof of what Garden of Dreams does.  Garden of Dreams basically creates little DMCs and DMCettes (laughs).

Q: Do you have any additional comments, anything else you would like to say?

DMC: Overall, Garden of Dreams represents a movement, as opposed to just being another charity. Garden of Dreams represents an initiative.  The one thing that I really like about Garden of Dreams is that they’re not the type of organization that will just say, “OK, let’s go give out some computers to the kids,” do it, get publicity on it, and never see the kids that they touched again. This is why I love to be on the board, because when they have contact with a certain kid or a certain charity, or a certain organization, they continue to have impressions made upon those individuals. We see these kids throughout the year, we don’t just come to the hood and give out turkeys on Thanksgiving and the kids gotta wait another whole year to see us. That’s why this organization is having success, because they continuously, they consistently (are) involved in the lives of each individual child they touch. That’s when you have change.

You just can’t come and say, “I’m just gonna give out some coats on Christmas” and the kids get all happy and they never see us again. That’s how we’re making a difference, because we stay involved in the lives of these kids, because they need to understand that OK, you can’t be with your birth mother and your birth-grandfather, you can’t be with your blood family, but you will never be without family again.


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DMC Schools NFL Players On the Music Biz

Twenty current and former NFL players will get a crash course on how to break into the music industry at the second annual Business of Music Boot Camp at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in New York.

The program, which runs from March 18-21, 2013, is a collaboration between NFL Player Engagement and the Clive Davis Institute in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The four-day boot camp features interactive workshops focusing on all aspects of the music industry including production, artist development and management, digital music, publishing, marketing and touring. Participants will gain a better understanding of establishing a career in the music industry and how to develop business plans from their creative ideas.

“We are excited to again offer our players a program with NYU’s Clive Davis Institute, which counts some of the biggest names in the music industry as faculty,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Player Engagement Troy Vincent.

“Succeeding in the recorded music industry requires many of the same attributes found in successful athletes – focus, commitment and passion – so the participants in the Boot Camp are starting out ahead,” said Jeff Rabhan, Chair of the Clive Davis Institute at NYU. “What we provide the players with is expert coaching in a new field, and they leave with a much tighter grasp of how the industry works and how best they can compete in it.”

NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, named after its chief patron and advisor, is the first of its kind to develop a program that focuses on providing professional training for students who aspire to succeed as creative entrepreneurs in the music industry. For more information about the Clive Davis Institute, visit http://clivedavisinst.tisch.nyu.edu.
Player enrollment criteria include previous participation in NFL Player Engagement programs, prior music experience, essays, and NFL playing experience. With the longer offseason, NFL Player Engagement now offers current and former players 10 training programs for post-NFL careers.

Faculty members at the Business of Music Boot Camp include:

DARRYL “DMC” MC DANIELS, a music icon, innovator and philanthropist. His band Run-DMC sold 30 million records and was the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone and the first to appear on MTV.

TOM CALDERONE, president of VH1, home to such programs as “Behind The Music,” “VH1 Storytellers,” “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” and “Best Super Bowl Concert Ever.” He also oversees VH1 Classic and the high-def music concert channel Palladia and serves as chairman of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

JONATHAN DANIEL, a founder and partner at Crush Management, an artist management company that represents acts including Gym Class Heroes, Panic! At the Disco, Train, and Cobra Starship.

MICHAEL “BLUE” WILLIAMS, the CEO of Family Tree Entertainment, which recently merged with Primary Wave Music to create Family Tree Primary Wave. His client roster includes Cee Lo Green, Cody Simpson, and Eric Benet, and previous clients include OutKast, Monica and Big Sean.

MICHAEL SOLOMON, co-founder of Musicians on Call–a non-profit organization that brings music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities–as well as the co-founder of Brick Wall Management, whose past and present roster includes artists John Mayer, Citizen Cope, and William Fitzsimmons.


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Jam Master Jay Transformed Hip-Hop

As today, 10/13/13 marks the untimely passing of Jam Master Jay, it’s only right to honor, reflect,and appreciate the barriers that the legendary DJ broke in hip-hop. As a member of the legendary group Run D.M.C, Jay assisted in crafting a guide to territories that were then unheard of. Not only was he one of the first hip-hop entities to appear on MTV but he was also the first in the genre to be nominated for a Grammy amongst a host of other things.

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Darryl Makes Comics

Check out Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels’ new comic book — EXCLUSIVE

Back in July, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels — one third of legendary hip-hop trio Run DMC — launched Darryl Makes Comics, a new comic book company.

Not only is DMC the CEO, but he’s also the protagonist of the new DMC comic, which is just about to premiere. The book finds McDaniels making the transition from rapper to superhero — just as he did when he made his way from Darryl to DMC.

It’s the long-awaited kickoff of a passion project for McDaniels. “This production is first and foremost respectable and legitimate to comic-book culture,” he told Entertainment Weekly back in July. “The same things DC and Marvel did, the same stories and passion is what this is first. My comic-book passion has always been there, but I never pursued it; but I didn’t want to be a hip-hop dude trying to do a hip-hop comic book.”

Check out the exclusive EW premiere of the first few pages of DMC here…

Campus Wisdom

Rev Run Shares Wisdom on Hip Hop, Family, and Leadership

Students filled Dodd’s Theater Tuesday, Nov. 12, for what might have been the most anticipated event this semester yet. Individuals from all over campus poured into seats with the hopes of embracing some knowledge and wisdom from one of the most legendary players in Hip-Hop history, Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of the iconic Run-DMC.

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Photo Provided by Matt Carroll

Rev began like any other, growing up in the neighborhood of Hollis, Queens, trying not to fall to the temptations of violence and drugs that were prevalent at the time. It was through music that he made his mark with Darryl “DMC” Daniels and the late Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, skyrocketing through the charts with hits such as “It’s Like That” and “My Adidas.”

Since getting his start with Run DMC, Rev found God, became an ordained Pentecostal minister, and opened his home up for all to see in the hit TV show, Run’s House.

Over the years he has used his celebrity status to give back in any way he can, as well as write for several publications such as “Take Back Your Family: A Challenge to America’s Parents,” co-written with his wife Justine Simmons. Having so many life experiences, the audience was eager to listen as Rev told stories and gave advice on how he has become both a leader and role model for so many.

The discussion began talking about leadership and what qualities make up a good leader; humility was the top trait. “Nobody wants to follow a know-it-all,” he said, explaining that being a leader means being humble, being responsible and being able to apologize when you’re wrong. It’s then, and only then, that you’ll be able to get people to follow you, which is one of the first characteristic signs of a leader.

When looking back at his role models he instantly chose his father and older brother, Russell Simmons of Def Jam record notoriety. He cited family as the first place a person goes to for inspiration and leadership, as well as the belief that the lack of leadership within the home is the key component in young kids getting involved in gangs. He also noted that at the height of Run DMC, he began to turn to God and the church for guidance to fill an empty void within himself.

“The things I thought would make me happy didn’t. They made me empty,” Rev shared about his success with Run DMC. “My top was in fact my bottom.”

One of the most compelling stories of the night came from this topic of fame and his choice to follow his faith, remembering one night in a presidential suite in LA, “This collar became wrapped around my neck getting to that number one spot. I was in the tub, smoking weed, eating French toast. Ashes were falling in the tub, syrup was dripping into the tub, I had a beautiful girl waiting at the door, a guy with the keys to a Rolls Royce at the door, Rolling Stone was at the door ready to interview me….and I just broke down. I didn’t own all this stuff, it owned me.”

Family was also a prevalent topic throughout the evening. It started with his parents.

“I didn’t have the bullying type of parents,” he answered when asked if his parents encouraged or discouraged his pursuit of the rap industry. “I never felt judged for my choices.” It was their presence and support that helped him make big moves and follow his dreams.

His brother, Russell, has also been a very big part of his success. The two of them have worked on many projects throughout the years. He explained their partnership as Rev the entertainer and Russell the business man. Their relationship depends on the special gifts and talents God individually gave each of them and it really is all about complimenting each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Simply put, “When we get together, it works.”

Of course the discussion couldn’t go without a little chat about the hit show, Run’s House, and his family. He works in his household to keep balance amongst his family members, in the hopes that nobody becomes too overbooked or too crazy.

He tries his best not to run around much himself, because it is that balance that keeps him from running his body down. Of all the members of his family, it’s his wife’s ambitions that usually go too far.

“It is definitely possible for women to become too ambitious to find a mate,” Rev warned the ladies of the crowd, “Being ambitious is in no way a bad thing, but it can be very intimidating.”

Of course, having one of the hip-hop greats in the room, it was an obvious topic of conversation to ask what Rev felt about the current state of hip hop. Contrary to what most would think…he actually loves it! Among his favorites in the business right now are Drake, Jay Z and Kanye West.

“It’s weird to some people that I love the direction hip hop is going in, but I love it. People expect me to like stuff like Kendrick Lamar, because he feels old school, and he is great, but I’m all about the new bright stuff.”

J Cole was also brought up for the feud between Cole and son Diggy Simmons, “He’s a good artist but he went the wrong route coming at my family. He’s not even a battle rapper, more of an entertainer. Diggy got back at him definitely.”

Throughout the evening, Rev sprinkled in little bits of awe inspiring wisdom that motivated crowd. Most of it was about not letting material possessions get to you in life, “Don’t let your heart’s desire become a heart disease,” as well as, “find what you love, the money will follow.”

The idea of being an individual, as well as doing what you love, was also stressed. “What you’re fascinated by, becomes fastened to you. That’s why I don’t watch horror movies,” he explained, “I don’t want that fear in my life, so I skip over the scary channels.”

He says that his favorite quote is, “Do your best, and forget the rest,” because it is inspiring, while keeping people in check at the same time. Looking at others gaining success can be hard sometimes, but God can come in and show your purpose. When looking into the music industry, Rev offers simple advice; be an intern and then work harder than the paid employees. “Work so hard, that if you were absent one day the whole company would fall apart. Become necessary. Nobody can vulture you out of your talent.”

Rev and his family’s show, Rev Run’s Renovation, will air Jan.4 on HGTV, and features the house seen on Run’s House getting a top-to-bottom makeover.