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DMC could be both a Hip-Hop singer (1) and a well-known label (2).

(1) Darryl “D.M.C.” Matthews McDaniels (birth name Darryl Lovelace) b. 31 May 1964 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York, USA) is one of the pioneers of hip hop culture and founding members of the legendary hip hop group Run-D.M.C… He went to St. John’s University in New York City as he proudly proclaimed in Run-D.M.C.’s hit single “Sucker MC’s.”

McDaniels was one of the lead vocalists of the group, along with co-founder and friend Joseph “Run” Simmons. The group’s work is considered by many to be inventive and original, using numerous revolutionary styles, including the work of DJ Jam Master Jay.

McDaniels first became interested in hip-hop music after listening to recordings of Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. In 1978, McDaniels taught himself to DJ in the basement of his parents’ home, using turntables and a mixer given to him by his older brother, Alford. During this period he adopted the stage name “Grandmaster Get High”.

Later that year, McDaniels sold his DJ equipment, after his friend Joseph “Run” Simmons acquired his own turntables and mixer. After Jam Master Jay, who was the best DJ in their hometown of Hollis, Queens joined the group, Run encouraged McDaniels to rap rather than DJ. Gradually, McDaniels came to prefer rapping to mixing records, and adopted the nickname of “Easy D”. In 1981, he dropped the “Easy D” moniker in favor of “DMcD”, the way he signed his work in school, and then to the shorter “DMC”.

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