Gonna give Russell credit for keeping it 100 here when he speaks on the impact of Chuck D on Def Jam and Hip Hop culture on a whole.
The burning question most hip-hop heads have is: Why did Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons split up? While talking to DJ Vlad, Russell explained that they went on to work on different projects and focused on other artists. As for Simmons ultimately walking away from his position at Def Jam, the mogul says that he built it and gradually started pulling away from his post while juggling his other business ventures, and relied on the people who were smarter than him, who he believed in.
Watch the full interview above to hear Russell explain why he’s never had a rap beef, Chuck D inspiring the Million Man March, and much more.
His best rant yet on the state of rap in NYC.
New Jada off the Top 5 Dead or Alive (T5DOA) album next month.
Probably the hardest opening bars to a rap song ever, outside of Prodigy’s “There is a war going on outside , no man is safe from..” Shouts to Chuck D.
‘The tologist without the derma”. The most lyrical street hip hop record in history. Check out an appearance by Big L and peep Papoose at the 3:00.
via Rap Genius
Uh, base your eyes on the guy
That has no kind of worries if I die
So pussyclot try
Dangerfield stepping my way
Bodies get cremated on a Friday the do or die way
Your death threater, sender, head spinner
Rap beginner, light dimmer
Three knockout count winner
The gun reacher, busting shot teacher
Your funeral serving church preacher
Your black hearse coffin seeker
The body polluter, the gat shooter
The Brownsville wild Brooklyn trooper
The cock D mountain mover
The face basher, the Mister brain smasher
The ass waxer, the drug money stasher
Celebrity Crime Files digs deep into the story of hugely successful life of now deceased Def Jam executive Shakir Stewart and the theory from his close family and friends that his was murdered and did not commit suicide. Strangely this is very similar to the case of Violator Management founder Chris Lighty whose family refutes he committed suicide as well.