“I’ve been on this earth 35 years, there’s no way this is true!” Darryl McDaniels, AKA DMC, from the revolutionary hip hop trio Run DMC shares his emotional adoption story.

Darryl McDaniels, better known to fans as DMC, was well into his 30s when he first learned he was adopted. According to his video with London Real, he had a wonderful childhood with two loving parents, siblings, and other family members who he grew up with. He didn’t learn about his birth parents until he was 35 years old.

Hip hop existed before Run-DMC but it was McDaniels, Joseph “Run” Simmons, and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell that took the genre of music to a whole new level. Because of their willingness to blur music genres, new fans were discovering rap and hip-hop everyday. The popularity of Run-DMC’s music had moved out beyond the early hip-hop fan base. McDaniels had a charmed life… but none of it would’ve happened if his birth mother didn’t put him up for adoption.

Listen to Darryl McDaniels’ emotional story as he recounts meeting his birth mother for the first time: