Expect a different kind of rhyme from Darryl McDaniels, better known as DMC of Run-D.M.C., when his debut album, "Checks, Thugs & Rock n' Roll," is released this summer via his own Darryl's Music

Expect a different kind of rhyme from Darryl McDaniels, better known as DMC of Run-D.M.C., when his debut album, "Checks, Thugs & Rock n' Roll," is released this summer via his own Darryl's Music Company. McDaniels says his new record reflects the mellow mood he's in these days. He describes it as "Bob Dylan meets Neil Young and the Rolling Stones."

McDaniels, 36, contributed very little to Run-D.M.C.'s new Arista album "Crown Royal," which is filled with collaborations with such hot young artists as Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst. McDaniels said he stopped working on the record because he's not into that kind of music anymore.

"Run and I are moving in different directions," he tells Billboard. "While he was recording this album, I was recording my own stuff. Apparently, what I had to offer wasn't worthy of a Run-D.M.C. album. I don't want to do what I was doing in the '80s. I have evolved. I have a different outlook to the music."

Despite the upcoming solo album, to be preceded by first single "Cadillac Cars," McDaniels contends that he is still a member of Run-D.M.C. and will participate in its pending tour dates. "Run-D.M.C.'s greatest accomplishment is longevity," he says. "We have always based our existence on live shows. Those albums are timeless. We can still get together and do those old albums.""