Jay Z & Russell Simmons Talk Police Brutality w/ NY Gov

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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The NY Times is reporting that Jay Z and Uncle Russ took a meeting with NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss the ongoing crisis of police walking free after murdering innocent Black men. While I applaud Jay and Russell for using their influence to bring this issue directly to the most powerful politician in the state, let me break this shit down for you real quick.

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Video: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin Talk Slick Rick

Friday, September 26th, 2014

In this final installment of the Russell and Rick Back And Forth interview, the pair talk about the legend Slick Rick.

Previously: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin Talk Public Enemy

Video: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin Talk Public Enemy

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

In part 3 of their Back And Forth talk for Noisey, Russell and Ricky talk about the legacy of Public Enemy. Russell explains how PE changed everything about Black America with their Afrocentric empowerment campaign and Rick speaks on how he had to convince Chuck D to give Rap another go after he had a false start with the group Spectrum City. They also talk about hearing “Public Enemy #1” for the first time, which PE happened to perform on Fallon last night.

Previously: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin Talk The Beastie Boys

Video: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin Talk The Beastie Boys

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Here’s part 2 of Noisey’s Back And Forth with Russell and Rick Rubin. In this segment, they speak about the debut Beastie Boys single “Cooky Puss”, recording the Licensed To Ill album and their monster single “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right To Party” and how it impacted the rest of their career.

Previously: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin On the Birth of Def Jam

Video: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin On the Birth of Def Jam

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

On this VERY SPECIAL EPISODE of Noisey’s ‘Back & Forth’ interview series, Zen masters Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin discuss the early days of Def Jam, which is celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary this year. In this clip, they talk about trying to capture the vibe of the clubs on early Rap records, the conception of LL Cool J’s “Radio” single and how he might be the only person who ever ghostwrote for RUN D.M.C.

Previously: Rick Rubin Sons All Ice Bucket Challengees

Video: Russell Simmons on Juan Epstein

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Uncle Rush stops by Juan Epstein with Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds. He speaks on his new book about meditation, open relationships, his days smoking water and selling fake coke in the clubs, the original Cipher Sounds from Queens, the story behind Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rappin'” and much more.

Previously: Russell Simmons on The Combat Jack Show

Video: Russell Simmons Responds to Kid Cudi’s Comments on Hip-Hop

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

During his visit to Arsenio last night, Russell was asked to comment on KiD CuDi’s recent call for an end to misogyny in Hip-Hop. I think they both make valid points, but obviously it’s a debate that goes deeper than a couple of thoughts on a late night talk show.

Continue below to hear Russell’s thoughts on Kanye’s ongoing battle to infiltrate the fashion industry. UPDATED with the full interview below.

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Russell Simmons on The Combat Jack Show

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Jack and Dallas walk Uncle Rush through his first ever podcast experience. Legendary topics was broached. Russ shows up about 15 minutes in.

The Godfather of this whole damb 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 Dash, how he’s not hung up on the word “nigga”…. so much covered that we had to end it with a lesson in meditation, literally. I’ve seen a lot in my life, but I never thought I’d see the day when a real life rap yogi would be walking us down memory lane. Please run cop Russell’s new book “Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple” co-written by our very own Chris Morrow here.

Previously: Russell Simmons on GGN with Snoop

Video: Russell Simmons on GGN with Snoop

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Russell chops it up with Snoop on GGN. He talks about his drug use during the 80’s, the time Ad-Rock slid him LL’s demo tape and his new All Def Digital venture.

Previously: Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind Launch All Def Music

Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind Launch All Def Music

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Uncle Russ today announced that himself, former Loud/SRC executive Steve Rifkind and director and producer Brian Robbins are launching a new label called All Def Music. ADM, which will launch under Universal Music Group, will focus on “the promotion and development of artists via the medium of YouTube”. The trio will also be launching All Def Digital Management with Rifkind serving as CEO. The announcement follows last year’s launch of the All Def Digital content channel on Youtube by Russell’s Rush Digital Media. Asher Roth and Youtube star Spoken Reasons are reportedly among the label’s first signings. Roth is expected to launch an “unscripted music themed show” called Lemonade as part of the deal.

I like the fact that they’ll be focusing their efforts on Youtube, because the site really has become one of the most powerful music discovery platforms that we have today. That being said, any venture that sounds groundbreaking but then turns out to be backed by UMG has to get the knee-jerk Cam face.

Read the full story over at Billboard

Russell spoke to CNET about the venture:

“When I looked at this, I saw a big, giant white space,” said Simmons, who, at 55, speaks with the enthusiasm of a man who’s just getting started. “There’s a lot happening online that’s not being managed properly. These artists are in separate worlds, and not everything bubbles up to the top. That’s my job.”

Previously: Russell Simmons on Meeting Rick Rubin