D.M.C. Adoption Focus Of VH1 'Rock Dock'

Run-D.M.C. group member

Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels is the subject of a new VH1 franchise called

“VH1 Rock Docs,” which reveals untold stories in the world of rock

and Hip-Hop music.


documentary will focus on the pioneering rapper’s recent, shocking discovery

that he was adopted.

Over the course

of the program, D.M.C. reveals his new perspective on life as he discovers his


The VH1 documentary

will feature a new video and song titled “Just Like Me,” taken from

his upcoming album, Checks Thugs and Rock 'n Roll.

“Just Like

Me” was directed by Shawn Papazian and produced by Mike DeLorenzo and

Romeo Antonio. Sarah McLachlan provides backing vocals in the song and also

makes a guest appearance in the video.

“The last

five years of my life have been an emotional storm of change," D.M.C. told

AllHipHop.com in a statement. "The profound personal loss with the deaths

of Jam Master Jay and my father, the shocking discovery that I was adopted and

the pain of the impact of living in a world where the ravages of war continue

to destroy so many lives, this album is not something I wanted to do - its something

I had to do.”

D.M.C. enlisted Ondi Timoner to direct the video for “Machine Gun,”

another single from the album.

Timoner snagged

a Sundance Film Festival Award for her documentary “Dig.”

D.M.C. also assembled

an impressive list of artists to round-out Check Thugs and Rock ‘n Roll.

Former group member

Run (Rev Run) appears on the album, along with Kid Rock, Doug E. Fresh, DJ Lethal,

Napoleon (Outlawz), Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Fieldy

(Korn), Ms. Jade, Sonny Black, Gary Dourdan (“CSI”), Joey Kramer

and Romeo Antonio.

The album is being

released through a joint venture D.M.C. struck with RomenMpire Records, a division

of Prime Multimedia Inc. (PRMX)

“With the

support of my brothers at RomenMpire Records and Prime Multimedia I have a chance

to emerge from Run-D.M.C. as D.M.C., in a solo career to say what I have to

say with the words and music of this album."

VH1 Rock Docs launch

in January of 2006.

Checks Thugs

and Rock 'n Roll hits stores soon. Fans can check D.M.C.’s new website,

www.me-D.M.C.com for further