Noisey: “In the final segment, Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin riff on the birth of Slick Rick and what he meant to Def Jam, reflecting on the early days. They explain his indefinable charisma and how they knew immediately they needed to work with him.”
The early days of Public Enemy are examined by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin in the new video clip, the third in a series examining the early days of Def Jam. With the aid of Elliott Wilson, the pair talk about Chuck D’s time with Spectrum City, the formation of the concept of Public Enemy, [cont.]
Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin discuss the origins of the Beastie Boys with Elliot Wilson, from their humble beginning as a punk band with a hip-hop inflected single to their success with the misunderstood ‘Licensed to Ill’. R.I.P. Adam Yauch 1964 – 2012
Two music pioneers square off in this special edition of Noisey’s Back & Forth series focused on the 30th Anniversary of the legendary Def Jam Recordings. Def Jam founders Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin talk about the early days of the label, their first twelve-inch release, LL Cool J’s hit “Radio,” and LL Cool J’s [cont.]
Rosenberg: “You think you know what you’re getting here? You’re wrong. The pure history of Def Jam and basically the history of hip hop from Russell himself. We only make it til about 1985 but part 2 is a coming! I cannot believe I didn’t even know what Def Jam really meant. Wow…”
Kid Cudi had strong words about the state of hip-hop when Arsenio had him on the show. Russell Simmons responded to those remarks and offered his personal perspective on the use of the N-word and what we truly need to focus our concerns on.
Combat Jack writes: The Godfather of this whole damn thing, Rush broke bread reflecting on his time as a gang member, small time drug dealer, how Hip Hop saved his life, why DJ Hollywood should be remembered in the rap history books, why Diddy is the man he his today, Rick Rubin, Lyor Cohen, Dame [cont.]
Roots drummer ?uestlove and legendary Def Jam founder Russell Simmons have teamed up for a “fundraising battle” for the re-election of Barack Obama. Donors can pick “I’m with Questlove or I’m with Simmons” in this mock “election” to see who can raise for money for the Obama campaign. At the time of this writing ?uestlove [cont.]
Here is footage of Professor Bun B holding down his gig at Rice University, which he told us about a few months back. Russell Rush also joins in to talk about his book “Super Rich: A Guide To Having It All” with students of Bun and Dr. Pinn’s Hip Hop & Religion class.
For those of us not keeping up with the actual news lately, there’s a big debate about the construction of a mosque (which is essentially a religious center for Muslims) near Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center fell on 9-11. The Tea Party and other protesters believe it should not go there because it’s [cont.]
Affion Crockett does his best Russell Rush in the above clip, the first episode in a weekly series from Global Grind.
Preview clip of new Global Grind comedy series, starring your uncle Russell and comedian Affion Crockett as his body double.
Russell Simmons is upset with the media. So upset, that he has addressed them head on. This, coming from a man who laughs with paparazzi, shoulder-dusting on the reg. The New York Post reported last week (complete with “bad rap” puns in the headline) that Russell and Jay were beefing over New York’s Aqueduct redevelopment [cont.]
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