By Kate Ward
Updated March 03, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels has been tapped to host a new reality competition series titled, “The Kings of Rap.” The show, which will be filmed in New York City, is a “positive-themed hip-hop competition” that asks contestants to write music with unoffensive lyrics. (As the press release states, “Their music cannot glorify violence, degrade women or include the use of profanity.”) “There are so many talented kids out there who don’t get heard or don’t get signed because they’re not controversial enough, or they’re too positive. That amazes me,” said Darryl McDaniels. “The spirit of hip hop was always about changing the world or yourself, not with a gun or with denigrating or offensive words, but by being effective with your mind. This is a time when everyone is talking about change and we as a country have the opportunity to make a difference. We can start by changing what we have to say to each other, and what we say to our kids through music.”