After it was reported that Run-D.M.C.‘s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels dismissed artists like Jay-Z and Lil Wayne as “not hot,” and stated that their fans are “brainwashed,” the self-proclaimed “King of Rock” decided to step forward and clarify his comments. According to AllHipHop’s Illseed, DMC has addressed the comments, offering to better explain what he was trying to convey.
“I could never DISS Lil Wayne or Jay-Z!” DMC states. “They are very good and successful at what they do! I would and could never disrespect either of these two men! Their success is my success! I love and respect Lil Wayne! He treats me well and is very very nice to me and my family!”
“And Jay-Z inspired me and assured me that great hip-hop will exist forever in all generations and eras when he dropped ‘Hard Knock Life,’ which one of my favorite hip-hop songs ever! ‘Hard Knock’ is incredible to me!” he added.
“After reading the negative comments coming at all of us, I had to personally apologize to my two fellow artist! I do not like negative s–t! I cannot tolerate anything that will divide us and our hip-hop culture!”
Dee then shared his belief that hip-hop artists should be unified–regardless of their musical or generational differences. “The power is in Wayne, D and Jay standing side by side representing this sacred culture together! No matter how ‘different’ we may be!”
“Now with that being said, the point I was trying to make is that Jay and Wayne (and even me when I was on radio all day) aren’t the only ones that are so-called ‘hot’ because there is a lot of talent that may be just as ‘hot’ and even better, but they don’t get heard on the radio,” he explained. “All I’m saying is a DJ should be able to discover an incredible-ass rapper in any city state or country today, and be able to come on the air tomorrow, and play that song; but he or she can’t–because of programming!”