Jam Master: Hip hop legend Darryl McDaniels schools Kingsborough students

King of Rock: Darryl McDaniels, one of three founding members of legendary hip-hop group Run DMC, held court at Kingsborough Community College, where he shared stories and words of wisdom with students.
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Here we go Kingsborough.

Hip hop legend and Run DMC co-founder Darryl McDaniels stopped by Kingsborough Community College on Wednesday, where he shared his thoughts on the industry today, taught a class in creativity, and broke out in the occasional dope rhyme.

“He was really, really good,” said Michael Goldstein, communications director at Kingsborough. “He would be talking, and then break out into rap.”

McDaniels was invited at the behest of Kingsborough poetry professor and self-described “child of the ’80s” Brian Katz, who turned over his classroom to the King of Rock, which was packed with more than 250 students and guests, according to Goldstein.

The hip hop superstar shared stories about his early years, and recounted how, as a young catholic school kid and comic nerd, he funded his first turntable by selling his entire comic book collection — a transaction that brought tears to the young McDaniels’s eyes.

The Jam Master went on to share his feelings about today’s rap scene, saying he’s none too happy with the direction the genre is heading, and that it now values greed over the progressive social values that Run DMC championed back in the day.

But the most important lesson he gave was in self-respect, according to Goldstein ,and McDaniels impressed upon his audience the importance of drawing inspiration from yourself.

“He gave them inspiration to find something unique about themselves and follow what they believe in,” said Goldstein.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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