Run-DMC’s Darryl McDaniels is ready to talk about a taboo issue that impacts roughly 43.8 million Americans every year: mental illness. The hip hop pioneer eradicates the stigma attached to mental health issues in his memoir Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide, which follows the 2001 release of his autobiography King of Rock.
Fresh off its July debut, McDaniels’ book chronicles his life after the unsolved murder of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay and delves into his tumultuous emotional journey sparked by his search for his birth mother.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, the rock and roll hall of famer says that seeking professional help in 2004 was one of the best decisions he made after his ongoing struggle with depression and alcoholism.
Through his memoir, he hopes to dismantle the surface-level understanding of what therapy is and who it is designed for, noting that black men should not be ashamed to zoom in on their mental state if necessary.
“When I went to therapy I realized something that most men – I don’t care what race, creed, or color you are, but especially black men – I realized that therapy isn’t ‘soft’,” he said. “My saying is, ‘Therapy is gangsta.’ It actually empowered me.”