By Layne Weiss

Recently, rumors surfaced that Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of the legendary rap group Run DMC dissed rappers Lil Wayne and Jay-Z.

DMC allegedly said today’s buying music public is being “brainwashed” into listening to artists like Jay-Z and Lil Wayne,” The Daily Star reports.
“It was inevitable that hiphop became commercialized, but along the way our power got taken away,” McDaniels was quoted as saying.
“Now you got the same 12 records being played over and over again.”

In the 80s, DMC considered himself “The King of Rock.” Now, Jay-Z feels like he’s sitting on the throne, and DMC doesn’t feel he belongs there, AllHipHop reports. He reportedly said that Jay-Z is not “hot” in the streets and believes listeners have been “brainwashed to like him.”

He was quoted as saying “Lil Wayne, Jay-Z ain’t hot. It’s just that they’re programmed so many times people are brainwashed.”
DMC continued: “What made us, KRS, Tribe Called Quest, and De La Soul great was that we wanted to change the world, taking responsibility for our actions. Now everything that’s negative in stupid a$$ America is celebrated.”

Now, DMC is attempting to clear the air. “I could never DISS Lil Wayne or Jay-Z,” the rapper said in an exclusive interview with AllHipHop
He went onto say that Lil Wayne is “very very nice” to him and his family and that he loves and respects him.

He also said that Jay-Z has inspired him and has assured him that “great hiphop will exist forever in all generations and eras when he dropped ‘Hard Knock Life.'” DMC called the song “incredible” and said it was one of his “favorite hiphop songs ever.”

The rapper then addressed the rumors and attempted to clear everything up.
He said the point he was TRYING to make was that Jay-Z, Weezy, and even him, when he was on the radio all day aren’t the ones that are “hot.” “There is a lot of talent out there that may be just as ‘hot’ and even better, but they don’t get heard on the radio,” DMC said.

“All I’m saying is a DJ should be able to discover an incredible a** 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!”

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