DMC speaks on how Run DMC will never officially reunite without Jam Master Jay, and how hip hop music refuses to learn from the mistakes made by past generations.
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Joseph "Run" Simmons' recent performances have excited fans who want to see an official reunion for the group. In a recent interview, DMC revealed that while he enjoys performing Run DMC's music, the group can not exist in wake of the passing of DJ and essential member Jam Master Jay.
“We’re not back together as a group,” DMC explained. “We just have some good offers to do some shows. But at the same time, we get to showcase (Jam Master) Jay’s children and bring awareness to the JMJ Foundation, which his wife created to keep music programs in school. We’re going to stick to doing big shows, but we’re not doing an album, no world tour. We can’t really be Run without Jay, but we can show up for certain shows.”
The legendary rapper also expressed disappointment in the current state of hip hop, indicating that the new wave of emcees have failed to learn lessons from the mistakes of previous generations. McDaniels used the tragic demise of Tupac as an example.
“I got three things going for me: I ain’t dead, I didn’t get shot and I’m not in jail,” he said. “The problem is this, we don’t learn from the lessons that have been put forth to us from the generations preceding. We are not being responsible, and the people who want to be responsible are afraid because they don’t get no support. When Tupac got shot, we mourned and two weeks later we went back to the same nonsense and it goes on and on.”