Published Apr 19, 2010Earlier this year, we gave an update on the Roots, explaining that their long-awaited How We Got Over full-length would be delayed until June, and that they had announced the line-up for their Roots Annual Picnic in Philadelphia. Questlove posted a video on his Twitter (viewable below), where he announced that a very special reunion would be happening at the event, then donned a gold chain and black fedora, suggesting that Run-DMC would be returning to the stage. While the Run-DMC rumour spread like wildfire, the group's DMC (aka Darryl McDaniels) insists that the seminal rappers won't be making an appearance.
"That's not gonna happen," he told BoomBox. "For me, personally, I'll put it like this... As of now, a reunion is possible, but it's really got to make bigger sense, because a lot of people say Run-DMC was much more than just a rap group to them."
DMC says their reluctance to reform follows the untimely death of their DJ, Jam Master Jay, in 2002. "People hit me with all the groups that did get back together after death, but I just feel I can't replace my drummer," he explains. "Do you really want to see me and Run running around without Jay back there? With some other DJ? It'll be disrespectful... We can probably get back together, but it's got to be in a different form. So it's not going to happen yet."
The Roots Picnic will take place in Philadelphia on June 5, and includes acts like Das Racist, Clipse, Vampire Weekend, Pattern is Movement and a collaboration between Questlove and DJ Jazzy Jeff, among others.