“Music Videos, Hip Hop, and Strategies of Resistance”

darryl dmc mcdaniels

Guest artist Darryl “DMC” McDaniels presents recent music videos as part of the film screening series curated by Visiting Associate Professor Amy Herzog for her spring course “Sonic Cinema: Music, Noise, and the Moving Image.” The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11, at the Princeton Garden Theatre. A Q&A session with McDaniels follows the screening.

Tickets are free for Princeton University students, faculty and staff; show Princeton University ID at the Garden Theatre box office to pickup tickets. Public tickets are $6-11 available through the Garden Theatre box office online or in person.


Various hip hop music videos, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

Sonic Cinema: Sounding Resistance is a public film screening series curated by Visiting Associate Professor Amy Herzog in conjunction with her spring visual arts/music course “Sonic Cinema: Music, Noise, and the Moving Image.” The course explores the use of sound in relation to moving images, including film scoring, musicals, soundtracks, music videos, and experimental sound and video art.

The film screening series is supported through the John Sacret Young ’69 Lecture Series fund. Sacret Young is a 1969 graduate of Princeton and an author, producer, director, and screenwriter. He has been nominated for seven Emmy Awards and seven Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards, winning two WGA Awards.  He is perhaps best known for co-creating, along with William F. Broyles Jr., China Beach, the critically acclaimed ABC-TV drama series about medics and nurses during the Vietnam War, and for his work on the television drama The West Wing. Young has also received a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award, and his original mini-series about the Gulf War, Thanks of a Grateful Nation, was honored with his fifth Humanitas Prize nomination.


DARRYL MCDANIELS or “DMC” as most of the world knows him, first made his start in the music business as one third of the groundbreaking rap group Run-DMC with Joseph (Rev. Run) Simmons and the late, great Jason (Jam Master Jay) Mizell. Run-DMC has had a significant influence on the rise of rap and hip hop music and on popular culture, selling over 30 million singles and albums worldwide.

As the first of hip hop’s superstars, Run-DMC embodied for the world the endlessly creative subculture of young black New York. They were the first rappers to earn a gold album, the first to earn a platinum album, the first to go multi-platinum, the first to have their videos played on MTV, the first to appear on American Bandstand and Saturday Night Live, and the first rap band to grace the cover of Rolling Stone and Spin. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

DMC has recently added another list of firsts to his life – his first book entitled King of Rock: Respect, Responsibility and My Life with Run-DMC (St. Martins). The book, written by DMC with Bruce Haring with the forward by rapper/actor Will Smith, offers a flavored tale of his rise within the music business while stressing the importance of respect and responsibility in today’s society. It received rave reviews nationwide. Entertainment Weekly called it “strangely compelling, bravely honest… plenty of entertaining anecdotes about life back in the day to keep you turning the pages. Like Will Smith, McDaniels is a born charmer.” Publisher’s Weekly says the book is “hard hitting yet sensitive… he (McDaniels) argues astutely that ‘very few of the rappers will admit they’re creating a fictional character,’ and thereby create problems for themselves.”

In addition to the new book, DMC released his own musical project entitled Checks, Thugs, Rock-N-Roll.

DMC was also the subject of the VH1 documentary DMC: My Adoption Journey, which chronicles his efforts to find his birth mother, and, in 2006, he was awarded the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award for his involvement in promoting adoption and working with the foster care system.

In 2014, McDaniels branched out into comics and created his own publishing company, Darryl Makes Comics, which explores 1980s New York City and the issues of marginalized communities.

Presented By

  • Program in Visual Arts