DMC Says Comic Books Helped Him Transform Into A Hip Hop Icon

"If it wasn't for comic books I would have never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever had the courage to get up onstage in front of people," says DMC in a clip from last night's episode of Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America. What starts out as a personal connection for the rapper actually turns into a perceptive take on the parallels within comics and hip hop, making the video a fun watch for fans of both.

The Questlove and Black Thought produced documentary series focuses on a specific hip hop song that broke new ground in American music and culture. Last night's episode "Rock Box: 1984" focused on Run-DMC's song "Rock Box" and how its heavy rotation on MTV "tore down the barriers between rock and hip hop, race and class on American radio and television."

The two previous episodes feature Kanye West's "Jesus Walks" and Kendrick Lamar's "Alright." The series airs Sundays at midnight on AMC.



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