Did you love the 80’s? Well, National Geographic Channel did, too. Their new six-part documentary reviews the decade that they say set up the next two. In the 80’s hip-hop was born as were tech companies like Microsoft and Apple started to become dominant with the advent of the personal computer. Narrated by actor Rob Lowe, “The 80’s- The Decade the Made Us” debuts on National Geographic this Sunday, April 14th at 8 p.m. Darryl “DMC” McDaniels was a driving cultural force during the 80’s with his group Run D.M.C., which was hip-hop’s first platinum selling group and first to join hip-hop with commerce via their endorsement deal with Adidas. The first true superstars of hip hop are featured in the doc. DMC joined the Tom Joyner Morning Show to talk about “The 80’s” and his group’s contributions to hip-hop.
SKIP CHEATHAM: “The 80’s – The Decade that Made Us documentary premieres on National Geographic Channel Sunday April 14th. Run D.M.C. is featured and we gotta welcome to the show right now DMC! What’s going on?
DARRYL “DMC” MCDANIELS: Hey what’s happening? Good morning!
Skip: You know what I feel honored right now.
LONI LOVE: I do, too.
Skip: It’s not often you get a chance – a lot of people say a legend, an icon.
Loni: Right. He started hip-hop.
DMC: I can’t even comprehend those words, msn. But thank you, thank you, we all in it together.
Skip: Man, doing it real big. I just want to know – real talk. Can you still wear the clothes you used to rock onstage?
DMC: Actually, they’re too big.
Skip: Oh! Wow, I see you.
DMC: I lost about 30 pounds.
Skip: OK, OK.
DMC: I used to be 38-42 I would go to Burger King and get three triple Whoppers, French fries, onion rings and a shake. And that was in addition to all the 40 ounces of Old English we were drinking.
DMC: I cut that out now, so I had to go downsize my wardrobe.
Loni: Now you in shape to do “Dancing With the Stars” then, huh?
DMC: I don’t dance, though.