Tougher than leather

The evolution of Darryl McDaniels  
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  April 4, 2006

Darryl McDanielsThere are some subjects that you don’t expect to come up in an interview with a rap pioneer. Suicide. VH1 adoption specials. Harry Chapin. Pink Floyd. But if you’ve been following the career of Darryl McDaniels for the past 20 years, you’ve probably figured out that he doesn’t fit the typical hip-hop mold. While his ex-partner-turned-Reverend returned last year to the rap-rock fusion that Run-DMC pioneered, McDaniels collaborated with Sarah McLachlan – whose album Angel he once described as “only thing that is good about being alive” – and went classic-rock on his new album Checks, Thugs, and Rock N Roll.’s Andrew Graham, who penned the liner notes to a recent re-issue of Run-DMC’s classic King of Rock, interviewed McDaniels about his new direction, the golden days, and where the breaks are on Dark Side of the Moon.

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