Dson McDaniels and DMC bring the "Heat." Here's What They Have to Say
Like father, like son.
24-year-old rapper Dson McDaniels joined forces with his legendary dad, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, to drop some out-of-control wildfire that will get burned in your brain in his new music video, “Heat.” To say that the hip hop game got shook to its core would be an understatement.
In an exclusive interview with Music & Mojitos, the duo made one thing crystal clear: Dson is walking—and rapping—his own way (while repping Adidas sneakers—some fashion statements never go out of style).
”I wanted to bring back the meaning [of lyrics] for these kids so they can actually realize there's a lot more to music than what they’re hearing on the radio every day,” says Dson.
DMC echoes his son’s sentiments.
“I like the fact that he’s not trying to be like all of the artist that he idolized,” DMC tells Music & Mojitos. “He's motivated by his buddies, but he's not trying to be Lil Yachty. He’s not trying to be Lil Uzi. He’s not trying to be Lil Pump. He’s just happy that he's doing a different type of music.”
Being unique is what made Run-D.M.C. household names in the 1980s. Along with Joseph "Run" Simmons and the late Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, DMC helped revolutionize the culture of hip hop, and brought it to the forefront of the music industry.
Before Run-D.M.C., pop culture refused to put a spotlight on the growing rap industry. Top executives were petrified to go anywhere near the genre. More comfortable with radio-friendly acts like Wang Chung and Corey Hart, Run-D.M.C. spat their unforgettable lyrics until there was no other choice but to be heard. Selling over 30 million singles and albums across the globe when it was all said and done, Run-D.M.C. did the unthinkable and broke through the treacherous glass ceiling that too often destroys careers before they get the chance to be created.
The icons took the throne and entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and would later earn a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys in 2016. Albums like King of Rock created an opportunity for future generations to take their shot, fair and square. DMC thinks his career was the perfect storm of several different elements coming together at the right time—including working with a former American Idol judge and rock megastar.
“[Run-D.M.C.] didn't sit down and say, ‘We're going to be pioneers and legends. We're gonna put rock and rap together and create a whole new genre,’” DMC tells Music & Mojitos. “What happened in the video, 'Walk This Way,' when Steven Tyler takes the mic stand and knocked down the wall separating us; people from all generations go, 'Yo. That didn't just happen in the video. That happened all over the world.’ That's because we just opted out to do something different.”
The younger McDaniels is taking elaborate notes from his father’s successful playbook. “Heat” features Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal tearing the house down on the guitar. Bumblefoot is best known for being one of the lead guitarists for Guns and Roses from 2006 to 2014. Much like how Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith worked together to create a classic, Dson has a similar vision. Proving that old school and new school can work together to create a long-lasting, impactful sound, Dson could very well be swinging the door open for collaborations that should be happening right now.
Is there any valid reason why Kendrick Lamar and Public Enemy’s Chuck D shouldn’t be working together? How about Young Thug and 2 Liv Crew’s Uncle Luke? Dson thinks he’s in the drivers seat to help change the perception of his generation.
“We have a duty. We have a responsibility to inform,” says Dson. “Making music is fun for a lot of people nowadays. It's just fun to them—that's all it is. However, [music] is actually one of the most powerful tools, ever. There’s so much going on in the world. It has to be used as a tool for good. I just want to rejuvenate everybody.”
The young Dson proves to be wiser than his years. He sees the future and how it can be shaped. With his EP, Earning My Stripes, Dson shows that a little versatility in your craft goes a long way. Listeners get a taste of heartfelt ballads, in addition to the “Heat” he’s packing. His father couldn’t be more proud of him.
“A lot of artists in this generation just want to be down. They want to get in and they don't want to get right to the point of doing something different,” explains DMC. “It might take you three or four years, but in those three or four years, the thing that you created will still be standing. I don't want my son to make dogs. I don’t want people to go, ‘Remember that song Dson had out in 2019?’ I want it to be the year 3050, and people are still remembering how good that song was.”
Wise words from a wise man. With Father’s Day right around the corner, Dson is planning to celebrate his journey into hip hop’s upper echelon by honoring the man that laid the foundation of the game for his generation. Dson’s dad already has a gift idea in mind.
“Buy me a vacuum,” DMC tells his son.
By the looks of how Dson is clearing a path of his own, the present might not be necessary.