Run DMC’s Darryl McDaniels Discusses The San Francisco Show And New Children’s Book ‘Darryl’s Dream’

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — It’s one thing to make music, but few can claim the reputation of making music that changes the landscape of the industry as a whole.

With 230 million records sold, being the first rap group to go gold and multi-platinum and receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Run DMC did just that.

“Well my name is DMC in a place to be. It just goes to show that I know a lot about places to be. Right there,” rapped founding member Darryl “DMC” McDaniels to kick off his live interview with ABC7 news.

He joined us to talk about his upcoming performance here in the Bay Area and his new children’s book “Darryl’s Dream.”

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McDaniels will perform live Thursday night at the St. Joseph’s Arts Foundation in San Francisco.

“The beauty about it is that it’s a historic landmark, and I’ll be discussing the beauty, the creativity, and the uniqueness that exists in all of us,” McDaniels said.

“Because, as we have known for ages, the arts succeed where politics and religion fail…We come together. We have a creative, exciting and relatable dialogue, which allows us to solve all the problems that exist in this marvelous universe.”

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He will also talk about his life and his long career. His most recent achievement was the release of “Darryl’s Dream”, which portrays the musical artist as an 8-year-old boy dealing with childhood social issues like anxiety, peer pressure and bullying as he he explores his dreams of being a writer and a musician.

“A lot of things that we go through at work and with our families, it all starts in the schoolyard, in the classroom,” McDaniels said. “It’s part of showing these kids that no matter who they are or where they are in life, they’re perfect just the way they are.”

You can watch the full interview in the video player above.

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