Top-Rated Speakers Bureau and Entertainment Booking Agency for Corporate Meetings and Business Events. Book an AAE Speaker Today.
Top-Rated Speakers Bureau and Entertainment Booking Agency for Corporate Meetings and Business Events. Book an AAE Speaker Today.
Click to Open Search Bar

Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels

Pioneer of Hip Hop Culture, Comics Publisher & Member of Run–D.M.C.

Pioneer of Hip Hop Culture, Comics Publisher & Member of Run–D.M.C.

Travels From Travels From:
Speaking Fee Speaking Fee:
Categories Categories:

Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels Biography

Innovator, Motivator, Philanthropist, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels changed music and made history when he broke down cultural barriers with his legendary band Run-DMC. Forty million record sales and half a billion streams later, he continues to inspire & impact the world…

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is a legendary music icon who first impacted the world over 35 years ago. From the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine to the first to appear on MTV, Run-DMC changed music, culture, fashion, language and made American history. It would be hard to overstate his influence on popular culture.

Forty million record sales and half a billion song streams later DMC still continues to create, inspire and motivate. In 2009, as a founding member of Run-DMC, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2016 he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy given to “performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.”

In 2014 he launched a comic book company called Darryl Makes Comics, a new journey that helps bridge the gap between the worlds of hip-hop and the fantastic adventures he got wrapped up in as a youth. The company’s first full length graphic novel hit stores in October 2014. His company has since followed up with a new release annually, and he speaks multiple times a year at various comic conventions.

McDaniels recently released his first children’s book “Darryl’s Dream” on Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books (RHCB), in partnership with Nickelodeon and ViacomCBS Consumer Products.

McDaniels is also the co-author of two critically acclaimed books: his memoir entitled, “Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide” (2016/Harpers/Amistad) giving him another platform to talk about his past struggles with depression and helping those, especially men of color, remove the shame of asking for help. He recently partnered with U Will, the app that allows college students immediate access to a therapist. He also penned the autobiography “King of Rock; Respect, Responsibility and My Life with Run-DMC” (2001/ Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins) as well as an award-winning solo album “Checks, Thugs & Rock and Roll.”

That album produced the hit single “Just like Me” featuring Sarah McLachlan; a song DMC wrote after discovering he was adopted, that spoke to his new revelation and began his journey down another life path, in search of his birth mother. While his search struggle was captured in the 2007 Emmy Winning VH1 documentary “DMC: My Adoption Journey,” the process gave DMC tremendous insight and purpose, prompting him to become an advocate for adoption and children in foster care.

In 2006 he co-founded the Felix Organization with Hollywood casting agent Sheila Jaffe- a nonprofit that works to provide inspiring opportunities and new experiences to enrich the lives of children who are growing in the foster care system.

All the while, DMC’s music continues to inspire! In 2017 he released the eagerly anticipated special vinyl-only limited edition EP, “Back From the Dead- The Legend Lives” on National Record Store Day/ Black Friday, November 24, with the 4-track power-bolt featuring iconic collaborations from the rock and hip hop worlds including Chuck D (Public Enemy), John Moyer (Disturbed), Rome (Sublime), and Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, Slash), and others. The Deluxe Package (a limited rollout of 4000, individually numbered and pressed in red vinyl) with the cover artwork for Back From The Dead portraying DMC as a zombie, was designed by award winning Walking Dead graphic novel artist Tony Moore.

McDaniels has recently released two singles “America” and “Ghetto Metal”, on the DMC imprint King of Rock Entertainment, in advance of a new album entitled “AMERICA” that will feature songs with Joan Jett, Sammy Hagar, Travis Barker (Blink 182), Chuck D, Sum 41, DJ Hurricane (Beastie Boys), Ice-T, Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Mick Mars (Motley Crue), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) and more.

In between his work as a musical artist and producer, published author and speaker, or his work with his nonprofit, McDaniels finds time to talk with kids across the country about respect, responsibility, and self-awareness. One of his many memorable engagements included an invitation in 2015 by former President Obama to speak at the White House to a group of young men about fatherhood.

McDaniels has also appeared before Congress and various State legislatures in support of adoptees and foster children, worked with former First Lady Michelle Obama on part of her “Get Fit” Campaign, was a featured speaker at the 2016 Kennedy Forum #Young Minds Matter event on Mental Health, and was a featured speaker at the 2017 SXSW Music Festival and 2017 Kennedy Center Honors.

He is also an Advisory Board Member for Hip Hop Public Health, an organization whose mission “is to foster positive health behavior change through the transformative power of hip-hop music.” Their recent focus has been on creating awareness of the importance of being vaccinated against COVID-19.

For his numerous philanthropic endeavors, DMC has received numerous awards including the Hard Rock’s Love All Serve All Award, the Doing Art Together (DAT) Honoree Award for his contributions to helping under-served communities in NYC in the classroom and life, and the coveted CHILDREN’S RIGHTS Champion Award for his tireless work on behalf of foster children through his nonprofit The Felix Organization, as well as his work providing other year-round opportunities for children in foster care.

In addition to the Felix Organization and Hip Hop Public Health, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company, including the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Entertainment and MSG Media, to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles.

Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels Videos

  • How to Find the Superhero Within | Darryl "DMC" McDaniels on ...
    Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is one of the most iconic hip-hop artists of all time. One- third of the legendary trio Run DMC, he played a pivotal role...
  • Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels - Sarah McLachlan Saved My Life - YouTube
    Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels recounts how Sarah McLachlan helped lead him out of a dark place when he found out he was adopted, culminating ...

Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels Books

  • King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility, and My Life with Run-DMC
    King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility, and My Life with Run-DMC

FAQs on booking Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels

  • How do I book Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels

    Speaking fees for Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels are for live events and for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels speak about?

    Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Education, Health, Mental Health, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels travel from?

    Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels generally travels from an undisclosed location, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. For more details, please contact an AAE Booking agent.
  • Who is Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tim Tebow, Daymond John, Sean Astin, Doug E. Fresh and 50 Cent. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Tell us about your event!

During normal business hours, we respond to most inquiries within 4 hours.

  • Customized Service

    Our agents find the right fit for your event

  • Unparalleled Database

    Full access to all speakers & celebrities

  • One Stop Shopping

    A reliable and unbiased point of contact

  • Logistics Management

    Your personal Logistics Manager who takes care of all event details

Speakers Similar to Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels

related speakers Users also viewed these speakers:

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.