DMC Reflects On Escape From Tupac Shooting On Drink Champs
The night that claimed hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur is revisited by Run-DMC's Darryl "DMC" McDaniels in a recent appearance on Drink Champs.
The fatal night that claimed the life of hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur is revisited by Run-DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels in a recent appearance on Drink Champs. Recounting the events of September 7, 1996, DMC reveals that the iconic rap group was originally booked to perform at Club 662, the venue where Tupac and Death Row Records founder Suge Knight were headed when the drive-by shooting occurred, according to Vibe.
“I remember the night ‘Pac died,” DMC begins, detailing how Suge Knight had arranged for Run-DMC to entertain at the afterparty following the Tyson fight, a lavish event at the newly opened Luxor. The trio, including Jam Master Jay and Reverend Run, was initially meant to ride with Tupac and Suge, emphasizing the eeriness of the empty backseat where the fatal shots were fired, according to the outlet.
The near-miss took a surreal turn when Suge called them to share the ride. DMC recalls, “‘Yo, me and ‘Pac coming to get y’all. You’re gonna ride to the fight with us.’ Cause remember, who was in the [BMW 750iL] with them? Nobody was in the backseat.” However, a quirky twist involving Jam Master Jay’s lengthy wardrobe decisions altered their plans, leading Run-DMC to opt for their own car, the outlet reports.
As they arrived at Club 662, expecting to meet Tupac and Suge, confusion ensued. MC Hammer, producer Mel Man, and others were present, yet the performance was canceled. A Death Row representative handed them $200,000 in cash, explaining, “Y’all getting paid tonight, just no show. Go home.” The trio, unaware of the night’s events, left bewildered.
It wasn’t until the following morning, while at the gym that DMC learned about Tupac’s shooting through CNN. Reflecting on the chilling revelation, he shares, “Like, ‘Oh sh*t, that’s why that happened.'” Tupac Shakur succumbed to his injuries on September 13, 1996, leaving an indelible mark on hip-hop history.
DMC’s recollections offer a unique perspective on the tragedy, emphasizing the randomness of fate and the fine line that separates life-altering events from mere twists of circumstance. Watch the Drink Champs interview for more insights into DMC’s memories of Tupac, Suge Knight, and the night that changed hip-hop forever.