Darryl McDaniels Says Steven Tyler And Joe Perry Admitted Run-DMC Saved Aerosmith
Darryl McDaniels joined The Mitch Lafon and Jeremy White Show for an interview during which he revealed Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry admitted that his Run-DMC saved the band.
DMC is a rapper who founded the hip hop group Run-DMC and is considered among the pioneers of hip hop culture. His Run-DMC is one of the most popular hip-hop acts of the 1980s with their rock-leaning sound, experimental approach to hip-hop, and rap-rock elements.
On the contrary, Aerosmith was declining in popularity in the 1980s due to Steven Tyler’s struggle with heavy drug abuse. He was abusing drugs to the extent that he once collapsed on stage during a show in Portland, Maine, and couldn’t get up for the remainder of the performance.
Although Aerosmith desperately tried to gain their popularity back with several releases, their career resurrected after the release of Run-DMC’s cover of ‘Walk This Way’ in 1986. The cover charted higher than the band’s original version and became one of the best-known songs in both hip hop and rock.
According to Darryl McDaniels, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry admitted that Run-DMC saved Aerosmith back in the 1980s. During the interview with The Mitch Lafon and Jeremy White Show, McDaniels said that when they worked on the song, they didn’t even know the full song, the lyrics, or Aerosmith.
Following that, McDaniels talked about fans’ reception of the song and revealed that they did songs that had rock elements in the past, including the ‘King Of Rock’ album and the single ‘Rock Box.’ Moreover, the rapper made an interesting claim. He argued that before their ‘Walk This Way,’ Aerosmith could make a record with God, Moses, and Jesus, and nobody would have cared.
During the conversation, Mitch Lafon told Darryl McDaniels the following:
“To me, you saved them, and I’m an Aerosmith fan from like ’75.”
McDaniels then responded:
“They say that. Steven and Joe, they all admitted it. What it was was this, they were so far gone. I didn’t know that this song was ‘Walk This Way,’ I didn’t know the band was Aerosmith.
My thing was ‘Get the album with the toys on the cover [Aerosmith’s 1975 album ‘Toys In The Attic’] and play number four so I could rhyme over the beating guitar.’ I had never heard the lyrics or anything like that because the DJs used to scratch out the title of this song so the rival DJs wouldn’t know the beat.”
“So, I didn’t know it was ‘Walk This Way.’ It may have run up until we had to go learn the record, we never heard the singing to it. It was just the beat. The ‘Aerosmith, Walk This Way’ break was a breakbeat for us. But to hit the Aerosmith thing was, we didn’t know about them, like even when you people started seeing the video on MTV, the Aerosmith fans would say ‘What the hell is Aerosmith doing with the new rap guys from DMC?’
That was no because we had ‘Rock Box’ and ‘King Of Rock’ before that. People knew about it. So, [Aerosmith fans were like] ‘What the hell is Aerosmith doing with the new rap thing? The new rap guys are doing the thing that’s not going to be here because it’s a fad in a couple of years. What are they doing?’ But most of our fans were like ‘Oh shit, what the hell is Aerosmith doing with the Rolling Stones?’ because they knew the songs we used, ‘Miss You’ and all of that.
So, Aerosmith, from what I understand from fans such as yourself, they were so far gone after bad shows and just bad reputation that here’s the joke: they could have made a record with God, Moses, and Jesus, and nobody would have cared.“
You can check out the interview below.