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  1. Darryl McDaniels -- better known as D.M.C. -- helped transform the musical landscape as one-third of the trailblazing, multi-platinum rap group Run-D.M.C. He is recognized as a pioneer of the hip-hop genre, having sold more than 30 million albums and scored numerous hit singles with bandmates Run and Jam Master Jay. D.M.C. grew up in Hollis, Queens, which is where Run-D.M.C. was born. The group's impact was immediate. Run-D.M.C. became the first rap group to do, well, just about everything.......  Read Full Bio »

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  1. Darryl McDaniels -- better known as D.M.C. -- helped transform the musical landscape as one-third of the trailblazing, multi-platinum rap group Run-D.M.C. He is recognized as a pioneer of the hip-hop genre, having sold more than 30 million albums and scored numerous hit singles with bandmates Run and Jam Master Jay.

    D.M.C. grew up in Hollis, Queens, which is where Run-D.M.C. was born. The group's impact was immediate. Run-D.M.C. became the first rap group to do, well, just about everything. They were the first to have an impact on Billboard's singles and albums charts, to earn a platinum album, to have their video played on MTV and to grace the cover of Rolling Stone, among other things. Albums like Raising Hell, Tougher Than Leather and King of Rock have left an indelible mark on hip-hop and popular culture.

    When Jam Master Jay was murdered in 2002, DMC and the-now-Rev Run decided to retire the group. It wasn't until 2006 that D.M.C. released his much-anticipated solo album, Checks, Thugs and Rock N Roll. The album features a who's who of artists from various genres -- including Sarah McLachlan, Kid Rock, Doug E. Fresh and a pairing with his former Run-D.M.C. bandmate Run. Beyond music, D.M.C. has appeared on the TV shows 227, The Ben Stiller Show and The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, as well as in the movie Krush Groove.

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