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Talib Kweli & DMC Talk Jam Master Jay, Run’s House, Comics, Recovery, TikTok | People’s Party Full

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In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli,” Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down rapper, writer, author and founding member of the iconic trio Run-DMC…

The Devastating Mic Controller…


Run-DMC is often regarded as THE most influential group in the history of the culture. Here’s what we got into:

• Their classic song ‘You Be Illin’ almost never being released.
• Being inspired by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
• Feelings on being the 2nd rap group inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
• Being given up for adoption by his birth mother.
• Superheroes being DMC’s role models as a kid and how he chose his name.
• What led to DMC having his own comic book universe.
• Taking shots at the Bronx crews that were hating on Run-DMC’s fame.
• Jam Master Jay’s style becoming Run-DMC’s signature uniforms.
• Almost being in the car with 2Pac the night he was shot and killed.
• Jam Master Jay’s importance to Run-DMC and being protected by his street status.
• Why DMC never showed up on Rev Run’s ‘Run’s House’ reality show.
• Beastie Boys arriving at Def Jam and carving out their own lane in hip hop.
• Not realizing the lasting impact that their song ‘Proud To Be Black’ would have.
• Why Rick Rubin was such a great producer.
• A new claim to TikTok fame with their song ‘It’s Tricky’ going viral.
• Being blamed for the violence that erupted between rival gangs at a concert.
• How Run-DMC felt about Hammer dissing them on ‘Pump It Up’.
• Why he hated his group’s 1991 release ‘Back From Hell’.
• Their song ‘Down With The King’ reinstating their relevance.
• Being diagnosed with the voice disorder Spasmodic dysphonia.
• Falling into deep depression and contemplating suicide.
• An awakening during therapy and the moments that made him see life was worth living.


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