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Darryl “DMC” McDaniels talks with 27east about his upcoming appearance September 19th in Southampton for the Uniphi Good’s second annual three-day festival. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, Higher Orbits and the Springs Food Pantry.


As Darryl “DMC” McDaniels explains it, “Walk This Way” was not just a song. It was real. And it was a movement.

When Steven Tyler worked with seminal hip-hop trio Run-D.M.C. on the 1986 hit, they broke down walls between black and white, rock and rap, Mr. McDaniels recalled on Friday during a telephone interview, reflecting before the second annual East End Arts & Music Festival this weekend—a celebration bringing together musicians, artists, and even an astronaut.

“He diversified creativity,” Mr. McDaniels said of Mr. Tyler. “That’s what this festival does, by combining technology, art, music, science. The conditions that existed then, with hip-hop, exist today. I want to use the arts to tap into kids’ early desires, because it will create value for them.

“Any girl in a room can be the new greatest designer or programmer,” he added. “Any kid wasting hours on a video game has the potential to be the greatest video game designer and start raking in $1,000 an hour, know what I mean?”

Mr. McDaniels will spread that very message when he takes the stage on Saturday at Stephen Talkhouse during an eclectic night of music alongside Tonic, Glen Phillips and Toby Lightman, who returns after last year’s festivities.

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