DMC Says Hip Hop Gatekeepers Get Respect But Aren’t “Allowed To Participate”

DMC Says Hip Hop Gatekeepers Get Respect But Aren’t “Allowed To Participate”


September 20th, 2015


Darryl “DMC” McDaniels also recalls how hearing a Public Enemy demo made him change “Raising Hell.”

It seems like more recently Hip Hop music’s gatekeepers are weighing in on the craft they helped advance. Some are in support of how the culture has progressed. Others, like DMC, are a little hesitant in calling the situation now “all good.”

Recently speaking with Murder Master Music Show, Darryl McDaniels says that emcees today give respect to their OGs but don’t get them involved enough in their music.

“It’s all gone,” he says during the interview. “It is all but gone, we get respect but we are not allowed to participate and that is the disrespect or the disconnect. When you remove the building blocks and the foundation everything stops growing it become stagnant and monogamous.”

The Run-DMC member also explained how hearing a Public Enemy demo record made him change is thoughts about creating Raising Hell.

“Hank Shocklee and Chuck D chased us to the airport and said take this with y’all and I put the tape in the box and I went back and ripped up all my rhymes,” he said. “That’s why I was so dope on ‘Raising Hell.'”

Also during the interview, DMC explained how he believed rappers sound the same nowadays and says the greatest Hip Hop song ever is “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.

Listen to the full radio appearance segment below:


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