The Run-DMC icon has a message for Louisville elementary students

Darryl McDaniels is a rapper and founding member of the band Run-DMC, widely recognized as a hip hop pioneer in the 80s and 90s.

But on March 3, he wasn’t a famous rapper. He was a person who got teased for wearing glasses. He was a comic book fan and a rice pudding lover. He was not famous; he was a friend, a person who worked hard and pursued his dreams until success.

This is what he shared with third graders during a presentation at King Elementary School, where he was invited to talk about his new children’s book “Darryl’s Dream” and its message of creativity, confidence and find your voice.

“I’ve been in the music business for over 40 years,” he said. “But today is not about me. It’s about all of you, because you are all the best people and the most important individuals in the world and in the universe. I want you not to never forget.

McDaniels shared stories about what it was like when he was in third grade and the things he’s accomplished as a rapper since signing a sneaker deal, performing on MTV Movie Awards and sold hit records.

He emphasized to King Elementary students that the things that make them different are the things that make them powerful and that it was important to do your best in school and get an education so you can achieve your dreams.

“I created this book, called ‘Darryl’s Dream’ because everyone has a dream, everyone wants to be something, do something and go somewhere and have good things for themselves and their families,” said he declared. “I created this book to let you all third graders know…if I was able to do this, and I’m from the same place you all come from, imagine what you’ll be like. able to do. ”

He told the kids that now DMC means something different: determination to work hard, motivation to find things that motivate you, and focus on working hard to become the best version of yourself.

McDaniels traveled to Louisville as part of the Leadership Louisville Center’s Best of Leadership Summit. The group donated $2,000 in books to the school in McDaniels’ name as part of the visit.

The color picture book “Darryl’s Dream” was written in collaboration with Shawnee Warfield, Anthony Warfield and Adam Padilla and illustrated by Tristan Tait. It’s about a quiet third-grader, Darryl McDaniels, who loves to write and wants to share his talents, but he’s shy – until a school talent show offers him a chance to shine.

You can buy the book for $13 at the Carmichael Bookstore or order it online.

Luz W. German