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Today in Hip Hop - May 31st: Happy Birthday D.M.C.

Looking back at May 31st throughout hip hop history we have to say happy birthday to Daryl McDaniels aka D.M.C. of the legendary Run D.M.C.

Happy birthday to hip hop OG and all around cool dude Daryl "D.M.C." McDaniels of the seminal Run-D.M.C. who was born 54 years ago today. Daryl started his journey with music as a DJ learning the basics on a set of hand-me-down decks and a mixer he got from his borther and adopting the name "DJ Get High". Between 1978 and 1981 Daryl adopted a variety of stage names finally settling on D.M.C. which stood for "Devastating Mic Control" and selling his turntables leading to the germ of the idea for the group that would eventually become Run-D.M.C. Daryl addressed his nickname in the song "King of Rock"

RUN-DMC - King Of Rock

Run-DMC's official music video for 'King Of Rock'. Click to listen to Run-DMC on Spotify: As featured on Run-DMC: Greatest Hits.

Additionally, on May 31st 1995 Luniz released their hit single "I Got 5 On It". Anymore, Luniz is widely regarded as a 1 hit wonder, but in 1995 this rap duo had a very promising future with their hit single "I Got 5 On It". The single reached #2 on the Billboard charts in Germany, #3 in the U.K. and #8 within the United States. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA in 1995. The beat for "I Got 5 On It" has been used by rappers such as P. Diddy, and The Game among others.


"I Got 5 on It" is a hip hop song by hip hop duo Luniz, taken from their album Operation Stackola. It features vocal contributions from R&B singer Michael Marshall. The song has become their most famous to date, and helped make Operation Stackola their best-selling album. No copyrights intended.