Darryl "DMC" McDaniels condemned NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton for his comments blaming the fatal Wednesday night shooting during a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza on rap music. Speaking the morning after the shooting, Bratton said the shooting was the result of "the crazy world of the so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that basically celebrate the violence they live all their lives."

"He should have known better," the rap luminary told the Daily News.

He continued:


He should have kept it specific to what happened. All rappers ain't gangsters. I went to St. John's University, so I took it personally...LL Cool J isn't a thug. Will Smith is a rapper. He's not a thug. Nobody knows that Chuck D was a graphic arts major.

McDaniels joined a chorus of people including writers, rappers, and rap fans pushing back against Bratton's characterization. The Hollis native said the music industry's elevation of hip hop artists who revel in violent imagery is partially to blame.

"[Bratton] doesn't know any better because he's not being shown any better," McDaniels said. "When you turn on Hot97 or MTV, you only see the dark, stupid, ignorant side of us. It's not the generation. It's the people who control the images in our generation."

Public Enemy's Chuck D also critiqued the music industry, for failing to mentor artists with street backgrounds like Troy Ave, who cops arrested yesterday and charged with attempted murder and gun possession in connection with the shooting. And he faulted the media at large for failing to pay attention to the genre unless there's an instance of crime and violence.

The shooting in the VIP area of the 1,025-capacity venue near Union Square claimed the life of Ronald McPhatter, a longtime friend and bodyguard of Troy Ave. Video shows a man who resembles the Brownsville rapper, real name Roland Collins, entering a crowded room with a pistol drawn and firing once. East Flatbush Councilman Jumaane Williams worked with McPhatter doing gun violence intervention work and he and others told the Daily News that McPhatter can be seen in the video entering the room behind Collins, then running ahead to the right of the screen.

Collins, 33, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and had himself driven to NYU Langone Medical Center. Cops arrested him there. Police are still investigating, and it's possible there was more than one shooter.

Concert attendees including music writer William Ketchum III said that Irving Plaza security did not have metal detectors, and that guards at the entrance didn't pat down everyone entering the show. For at least a period of time, they seemed to be not searching women at all, according to Ketchum. It's unclear what security measures were in place for guest-listed attendees. Security experts who spoke to Billboard said that VIP guests often are overlooked by venue guards, to the detriment of everyone's safety.

"One of the risk-management tools we advise our clients on is that it is important to use metal detectors on all points of ingress, including the artist entrance," said Paul Bassman, owner of the entertainment insurance firm Ascend Insurance Brokerage. "I don't know if this was the case in this situation. However, if it wasn't, the gun could have easily come in from one of the performers, their crew or one of their guests."

In his songs and public statements, Troy Ave often boasted about packing a gun and being willing to use it. In one 2012 tweet, he mentioned a gun-hiding maneuver that could have come in handy had he been patted down upon entry to the fateful show.

A Manhattan DA's Office spokeswoman said it's not clear when Collins will be arraigned.