Born on 31st of May 1964 in Harlem, New York City, United States of America, Darryl ‘D.M.C.’ Mathews McDaniels is estimated to be worth around $45 million. D.M.C. is one of the founders of the hip hop group titled Run-D.M.C and forerunners of the hip hop culture.
Darryl McDaniels grew up, schooled in New York throughout his junior and senior programs, and later enrolled at New York City’s St. John’s University. In 1978, he taught himself the disc jockey art thanks to the inspiration he got from listening to recordings of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. This eventually gave him the stage tag “Grandmaster Get High.”
In 1984, McDaniels, Joseph “Run” Simmons and Jam-Master Jay (the then best young DJ in Hollis) released their first album that eventually became a hit in the hip hop industry. However, it was their third album titled “Raising Hell” that got it all; taking up the first spot on Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums and the sixth spot on Billboard 200.
During this time, Run had convinced McDaniels that rapping was the thing for him, and not disc jockeying. These success stories made Run-D.M.C. one of the most well known hip hop groups of that time. It is also during this success that McDaniels built his heavy drinking reputation, having to face the law for different cases of intoxicated driving and public intoxication.
What brought D.M.C. back to the scene was when he began searching for his birth mother; something that was a huge part of his autobiography in 2001, King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility and My Life with Run-DMC which was also featured on the 2006 VH1 documentary DMC: My Adoption Journey. His debut solo album titled Checks Thugs and Rock N Roll was released that same year.
Darryl McDaniels has on several occasions been featured on video games like Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and The Warriors. Darryl created a foster children camp and he is still active with various charities. His efforts with children were recognized in 2006 by the Congress when he received the Angels in Adoption Award.