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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 01: Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC attends the Barnstable Brown Party Celebrating The 135th Kentucky Derby at Barnstable Brown House on May 1, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Darryl McDaniels
One-third of the group that took rap to the masses in the mid-'80s is trying to take fostering to D.C.
Fresh off his trip to the Kentucky Derby and sportin' a New York trademark CBGB T-shirt under his now trademark black leather jacket, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels joined D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and acting Child and Family Services Agency Director (tough job these days) Dr. Roque Gerald Tuesday in announcing a month-long program to increase the number of licensed foster parents in the city, no doubt making hundreds of inner-city foster children wish he lived in D.C. Shoot, I wish Darryl was my dad. (Of course, Mom barely let "Raising Hell" in the house.)
About a decade ago, McDaniels, 44, learned he'd been adopted, which makes this effort dear to his heart.
Fenty recalled seeing Run-DMC at 9:30 Club when he was in high school, Nikita R. Stewart reported for the Washington Post's D.C. Wire, and joked that he thought the King of Rock's hip-hop handle referred to his "devastating mic control" -- a lyric from "King of Rock" -- rather than his initials. McDaniels said that because of his work for children, DMC now stands for "delivering my children."
He's sticking around for a couple days to visit kids and film an ad for the campaign, so keep your eyes peeled if you want to catch a glimpse of rap history.