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DMC on Pete Rock, Larry Smith and Emotional Wellness in Hip-Hop [VIDEO]

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DMC has seen virtually all of the ups and downs that go along with being a hip-hop star. With Run-D.M.C., he played arenas, sold millions and became an icon to a generation. But he also developed serious alcoholism and self-esteem issues that almost tore his life apart. The veteran rapper talks about his breakdown in his new memoir, Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide; and with high-profile hip-hop artists like Kanye West and Kid Cudi recently experiencing very public emotional breakdowns, DMC talked to the Boombox about why rappers–and Black men, in general–have to get serious about their feelings.

“Men, in general, have a problem with dealing with their feelings and emotions–especially Black men,” he says. “Because they think it’s a form of weakness and it’s soft.”

DMC (born Darryl McDaniels) also gave props to two of the greatest producers he ever worked with: Pete Rock and Larry Smith. While many casuals fans associate Run-D.M.C. with Rick Rubin, it was the unheralded Smith (who passed away in 2014) who produced their first two albums and forged their sound. And it was Rock who re-introduced Run-D.M.C. to a new generation with 1993s smash single “Down With the King.”

Check out our full interview with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels in the video above.

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