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DMC Reiterates Capitalism Has Sucked the Rhythm And Poetry out of RAP Music; a focus designed deconstruction of a cultural element of Hip-Hop

"I'm the king of rock, there is none higher. Sucker MCs should call me sire. To burn my kingdom, you must use fire. I won't stop rockin' 'til I retire.”

This is the first few lines uttered by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels in Run DMC’s iconic song "King of Rock." Released as Run DMC’s second album, it was a crossover hit that cemented them as legends in the music industry. Run DMC’s members were Darryl, Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, and when it comes to Rap and Hip-Hop; they are pioneers that changed the game.

 

Now, thanks to a three-part docuseries from Peacock, fans will get to hear their story from their perspective.

"Kings From Queens: The Run DMC Story" follows the group’s story from beginning to end while also getting insight from both DMC and Rev Run. It provides viewers with footage never seen publicly before, as well as going deep into the personal lives of the founding members.

The mini-series also delves into the death of Jam Master Jay, who was killed in 2002 after an evening at his studio. The case was shocking, and nearly 22 years later, his alleged murderers are finally on trial. Jam Master Jay’s family, friends, and fans alike are hoping that justice will be served.

 

'Kings From Queens: The Run DMC Story' Official Trailer > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j4FieTHr7c

 

The term "RAP" came from the words "Rhythm And Poetry".

Rudy Ray Moore is recognized as one of the first persons to put rhythm and poetry together publicly before a large audience (on the movie screen), thanks to the pimp-superhero character he created, Dolemite. It was then progressed by Hip-Hop’s founding fathers, leading to many artists learning how to write and freestyle.

 

From the 1970s through the '90s, Rap was really about storytelling and wordsmithing.

Hip-Hop’s sound has changed drastically in the past 50 years.

There is a sense of quantity over quality, especially in recent years.

 

Rap pioneer Darryl "DMC" McDaniels spoke with Collider about Run DMC's past and shared his thoughts on the current state of hip-hop.

When asked about the current state of hip-hop, Darryl was hesitant to mention any artists specifically, and it's easy to see why:

 

"What you have now is people rapping over recorded music for the purpose of selling records and having success in the recording music industry.... what's going on with Hip-Hop is this: it has become easy for anybody to be an artist. And there's a difference between an artist and an act.

You're acting like you're Hip-Hop, and that's no disrespect, but a lot of these people in Hip-Hop, in the successful areas of Hip-Hop, are not Hip-Hop, and some of those very individuals will tell you, I ain't in this for the culture, I'm in it for the money... if you label it Hip-Hop it gives a stamp of approval because our culture is so powerful; so there's a lot of what our doc is going to show people that there's a lot of people who claim they Hip-Hop...

They ain't Hip-Hop because they don't do nothing Run DMC do and they don't do nothing none of the people that was interviewed about Run DMC. If you look at all the people talking about us in this (documentary), it's very diverse it's everybody from Ice-T to Chuck D of Public Enemy and everything in between -  none of the artists interviewed for the Run DMC documentary sound the same, look the same, or rap about the same - but we are the same from the same places doing the same genre music but the uniqueness in all of us is so different..."

 

"... all the commercialization wants to do is pull out the integrity, the importance, the blessing and the life-saving elements that can transform everybody that participates in it..."

 

DMC injected more perspective, "What's really not eternal is the fad rap that comes out! Think about it like: there's artists in the last five or six years that nobody wants to hear no more. That didn't happen [with] Run DMC, that didn't happen [with] Naughty by Nature, that didn't happen [with] Public Enemy, that didn't happen [with] Tribe Called Quest, Rakim... they still talking about us..." > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW0mQg5C_dc


• SOURCE: Run-DMC's Darryl "DMC" McDaniels On The Loss Of Rhythm And Poetry In Hip-Hop. Collider > https://collider.com/kings-of-queens-run-dmc-darryl-mcdaniels-interview/


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