RUN-DMC FOUNDING MEMBER DARRYL “DMC” McDANIELS TO PUBLISH DEBUT PICTURE BOOK WITH RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN’S BOOKS
New York, November 4, 2021—Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books (RHCB), will publish a new picture book by hip-hop pioneer Darryl “DMC” McDaniels in partnership with Nickelodeon and ViacomCBS Consumer Products, it was announced today by Chris Angelilli, VP & Editor-in-Chief, Licensed Publishing. DARRYL’S DREAM will be published on January 4, 2022, as part of Nickelodeon and ViacomCBS Consumer Products’ recently announced cross-category consumer products program with McDaniels. Geof Smith, Random House Books for Young Readers Editorial Director, will edit the project.
DARRYL “DMC” MCDANIELS
Innovator, Motivator, Philanthropist, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels changed music and made history when he broke down cultural barriers with his legendary band Run-DMC. Forty million record sales and ½ billion streams later, he continues to inspire & impact the world…
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is a legendary music icon who first impacted the world over 35 years ago. From the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine to the first to appear on MTV, Run-DMC changed music, culture, fashion, language and made American history. It would be hard to overstate his influence on popular culture.
Forty million record sales and ½ billion song streams later, and twenty years since the untimely death of his bandmate Jam Master Jay, DMC continues to create, inspire and motivate. In 2009, as a member of Run-DMC, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2016 he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy given to “performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.”
In 2014 he launched a comic book company called Darryl Makes Comics, a new journey that helps bridge the gap between the worlds of hip-hop and the fantastic adventures he got wrapped up in as a youth. The company’s first full length graphic novel hit stores in October 2014. His company has since followed up with a new release annually, and he speaks multiple times a year at various comic conventions.
Darryl is also the co-author of two critically acclaimed books: his recent memoir entitled, Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide (2016/Harpers/Amistad) giving him another platform to talk about his past struggles with depression and helping those, especially men of color, remove the shame of asking for help. He recently partnered with U Will, the app that allows college students immediate access to a therapist.
DMC also penned the autobiography King of Rock; Respect, Responsibility and My Life with Run-DMC (2001/ Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins) as well as an award-winning solo album Checks, Thugs & Rock and Roll.