Video: Russell Simmons X Rick Rubin On the Birth Of Def Jam Recordings

Written by Nigel D. / 09.04.14

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 involvement with Run-D.M.C. in this clip, available via Noisey for the first time.

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Video: Russell Simmons, Spike Lee And Killer Mike Speak On The Michael Brown Shooting & Protests

Written by Nigel D. / 08.21.14

Hear what Russell Simmons, Spike Lee And Killer Mike have to say about the Michael Brown shooting and protests in Ferguson. More video below.

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

Written by Nigel D. / 03.27.14

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.

Video: Kid Cudi Speaks On What Aspect Of Hip Hop Is “Holding Us Back As A Culture”

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Audio: The Combat Jack Show – The Russell Simmons Episode

Written by Nigel D. / 03.11.14

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.
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Video: Russell Simmons On The Breakfast Club

Written by Nigel D. / 03.07.14

Russell Simmons speaks on his new book about Yoga, Def Jam, The N-Word and more with The Breakfast Club.

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Video: Don Lemon And Russell Simmons Discuss The State Of African-American Culture

Written by Nigel D. / 08.24.13

CNN’s Don Lemon and Russell Simmons talk about their disagreements on the state of African-American culture.

Video: Don Lemon Agrees With Bill O’Reilly & Lists 5 Things Black People Should Do To Improve Communities
Russell Simmons Writes A Letter In Response To CNN’s Don Lemon
Video: CNN’s Don Lemon Responds To Russell Simmons’ Open Letter

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Video: Russell Simmons Speaks On The Harriet Tubman Sextape Parody

Written by Nigel D. / 08.20.13

Russell Simmons speaks on his, “All Def Digital,” youtube channel and the controversy over the Harriet Tubman sextape parody.

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