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Legendary Rapper DMC Discusses His Love Of Heavy Metal, How Rock Created Rap And Rob Halford

After eleven years with this site, I've had the privilege of speaking with all kinds of musicians about heavy music. While this is, and always will be, a heavy metal website, it's always interesting to hear a view on the genre from an unexpected source, which is why last month, I took the opportunity to sit down in Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott hotel in London overlooking Hyde Park, to speak with one of the first stars of hip hop, DMC, of the legendary group Run DMC about his love of metal and rock music, his collaborations with the likes of Aerosmith, Myles Kennedy and Slaves On Dope, his new EP, "Back From The Dead" and much more. You can check out the interview in two parts below, while some excerpts are as follows:

On the importance of "Walk This Way":
"It was so cool that we did it with them (Aerosmith.) We could have just remade it alone but it wouldn't have had the impact that it had. Their fans were like, 'Why are they with the rap guys!?' and our fans didn't know any better and thought, 'Why are they doing a record with The Rolling Stones!?' When Steven Tyler took the mic stand and put it through the wall, it's exactly what happened. Rock and rap breaking barriers and coming together."

On working with Generation Kill (featuring former Exodus frontman Rob Dukes):
"That was crazy because it was spontaneous combustion. Backstage at Rock on the Range, I was doing interviews and Rob Dukes saw me and gave me the Generation Kill CD. The next morning, I saw him at the airport and I jokingly said, 'If I like anything on here then we're doing a song together.' So I took the CD home and on the album was a song called, 'Carny Love' and I called him to say that that song is crazy. So he sent me a demo for a song about truck stop hookers called 'Lot Lizard,' which is not for the kids, let's just say that. So I ended up going to their show in Jersey and Rob 'Bumblefoot' Thal (ex Guns N Roses) was there and he wanted to get in on it too, so we ended up going to his home studio and making ten songs that were just fun."

On Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford:
"He's amazing. I don't know if he knows it but he's fucking amazing. He's like James Brown, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis JR and Chuck D all rolled into one!"

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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