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Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels
One-third of the legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, one-third of the legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC helped pioneer a sound and image that to this day is referenced as anything and everything hip-hop. Having sold over 30 million singles and albums as part of Run-DMC, Darryl's name and image became synonymous with rap and popular culture.

At the age of 35 while working on his autobiography, he discovered from his mother that he had been adopted.

In 2006, McDaniels began a search for his birth mother, creating a documentary with VH1, "DMC: My Adoption Journey" which has been nominated for the 28th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Darryl's adoption journey continues as he takes his experiences to the streets, creating and participating in charity and adoption organization events and initiatives. "All children, in orphanages, in foster-care and adopted need to know regardless of our situation...we are already great! We are the kings and queens of the universe."

His 2006 solo CD, Checks Thugs and Rock N' Roll includes the song Just Like Me a remake of Harry Chapin's Cat's in the Cradle he recorded with Sarah McLachlan. The song puts into words McDaniels' feelings about being adopted. He hopes that other adoptees or children in foster care can identify with him and know that they are not alone.

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