Run-D.M.C. principal DMC (Darryl McDaniels) will release his long-in-the-works solo debut, "Checks, Thugs and Rock'n'Roll," March 14 via RomenMpire.
Run-D.M.C. principal DMC (Darryl McDaniels) will release his long-in-the-works solo debut, "Checks, Thugs and Rock'n'Roll," March 14 via RomenMpire. The CD/DVD set boasts collaborations with Ciara, Sarah McLachlan, Kid Rock and Doug E. Fresh, among others, and production by slain Run-D.M.C. member Jam Master Jay.
As previously reported, DMC sought out collaborations outside of hip-hop for his first solo project. "This music isn't old to me, because I never heard it before," the rapper told Billboard.com in 2003. "I want to be the Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison of [rap] music."
The first single from the new offering will be "Machine Gun," and the album will be followed by an international tour. Among the other guests are Aerosmith's Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton, the Cars' Elliot Easton, Buckcherry vocalist Josh Todd and Run-D.M.C. colleague Rev. Run.
On Feb. 25, VH-1 will air the documentary "DMC: My Adoption Journey," in which the rapper searches for his birthroots while discussing his upbringing in Queens, N.Y., and his rise to fame with Run-D.M.C. The show is part of VH-1's "Rock Docs" series.
"Checks, Thugs and Rock'n'Roll" comes on the heels of Rev. Run's 2005 solo debut, "Distortion," which has sold just 31,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here is the track listing for "Checks, Thugs and Rock'n'Roll":
"Watchtower" featuring Josh Todd, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Elliot Easton
"Just Like Me" featuring Sarah McLachlan
"Lovey Dovey" featuring Doug E. Fresh and Pretty Terry
"Find My Way" featuring Kid Rock
"Machine Gun" featuring Gary Dourdan, Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton
"Cold" featuring Ms. Jade and Sonny Black
"What's Wrong" featuring Napoleon and Ciara
"Only God Knows"
"Come 2gether" featuring Rev Run
"Goodbye" featuring Little Mizzo