If you grew up in the late 80’s or early 90’s, or heck if you have parents that grew up in those decades, then you probably have heard of the rap group Run-DMC. They had famous records such as “My Adidas” and “It’s Tricky”. In the memoir from DMC himself Darryl McDaniels, Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide, we get a glimpse into the world behind the lights and cameras for one member of the group.
Darryl grew up in New York, and at a young age he started to smoke pot and drink. When he met up with some people who thought it would be fun to make beats and write raps, he became part of that world as well. So, in an instant he went from a normal college student to an overnight sensation. Along with Joseph “Run” Simmons and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, Run-DMC launched into the stratosphere.
Along with the fame came a lot of depression for DMC. He became an alcoholic, never seen with out a 40 in his hand. This, along with tension in the group made him contemplate suicide for many years. The realization that he was adopted, and finally losing his ability to speak was almost the last straw. In this memoir, he discusses his feelings, and is very candid about life with Run-DMC and life after the group broke up.
This was an eye-opening book for me. I knew that DMC had a condition with his vocal chords that made him unable to speak well, but I didn’t know how much he felt disregarded and left out of Run-DMC business because he couldn’t rap anymore. The way he talks about Run in this book gives me a whole new view of who I thought Run was. I definitely got a sense that this was very therapeutic for DMC. I hope that his life can take a turn for the better, as it seems it has been for the past couple of years. This book was great, and it was also really quick to read. This book could even help someone who feels like they just can’t connect with their life anymore. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.