Rapper Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C.

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Darryl McDaniels, aka "D.M.C."

Darryl McDaniels, aka "D.M.C."

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Darryl McDaniels is the "D.M.C" of the seminal rap group Run-D.M.C, which brought new fashion, dances and language to popular culture.

Their self-titled first album — the first rap record to go gold — was the first of a string of gold, platinum and multi-platinum releases.

Run-D.M.C. lost member Jam Master Jay in 2002, when he was shot and killed in a recording studio in Queens. The other surviving member of Run-D.M.C. is Reverend "Run" Simmons, brother of rap impresario Russell Simmons.

The group officially retired after the death of Jam Master Jay. (This interview originally aired May 19, 1997.)

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