Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons began promoting New York City musicians in his early 20s. He partnered with Rick Rubin to create Def Jam Records, and signed artists like the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and Run-D.M.C. He later sold his stake in Def Jam to Universal Music Group for $100 million. In addition to his music career, Simmons helped found the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, the Rush Philanthropic Organization and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

Russell Wendell Simmons was born in Queens, New York, on October 4, 1957. After a brief stint at City College of New York, Simmons left school to promote local musicians, including Kurtis Blow and Run-D.M.C. In 1984, he and partner Rick Rubin founded Def Jam Recordings, creating the foundation for the cultural revolution known as hip hop. Def Jam signed the forerunners of the hip hop movement, including the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and Run-D.M.C.

An ambitious entrepreneur, Russell Simmons saw Def Jam as just part of his hip hop empire. His Rush Communications firm also included Phat Farm clothing company, television shows, a management company, a magazine and an advertising agency. His movie production house has produced such films as Krush Groove and The Nutty Professor. In 1999, he sold his stake in Def Jam Records to Universal Music Group for $100 million. In 2004, he sold Phat Farm for $140 million.

A strict vegan and yoga enthusiast, Simmons is also an active philanthropist. He helped found the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, the Rush Philanthropic Organization and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. He actively supports PETA and was named a Goodwill Ambassador to fight war, poverty and HIV/AIDS. He is the author of Do You! 12 Laws To Access The Power In You To Achieve Happiness And Success. (Biography.com)

To learn more about Russell Simmon's work visit his twitter: twitter.com/UncleRush

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Simple Reminders by Russell Simmons

Amazing Quotes by Russell Simmons

No matter where you're from or what you've done, you're never stuck in a particular circumstance, relationship, or cycle unless you say you are. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (-18)

A person's strength is to know their weaknesses. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (56)

The key ingredient to any kind of happiness or success is to never give less than your best. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (12)

There are no failures, only quitters. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (67)

Only do shit you believe in! by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (76)

When you do good by the world, the world will do good by you. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (43)

You have to live your life as if you are already where you want to be. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (34)

Always focus on your effort, instead of the results of that effort. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (37)

In my experience, there's only one thing that will always steer you toward success: That's to have a vision and to stick with it Once I have a vision for a new venture, I'm going to ride that vision until the wheels come off. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (-99)

I knew it was unrealistic to think I could build an institution overnight. But if I took baby steps, eventually it would happen. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (-2)

If you aren't passionate about a vision, it's hard to have faith in it. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (33)

I don't believe that people create their own visions. Rather, I believe that visions are actually God's way of communicating with us. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (-7)

What holds most people back isn't the quality of their ideas, but their lack of faith in themselves. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (4)

Whatever obstacles appear in your path, put your head down and get past them. Those obstacles aren't real. They're just God's way of testing you. He's asking you, "Do you want to make it or not? by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (-68)

It's important to focus on what we do best and master one craft at a time. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (30)

In the end, the overriding factor in whether or not you realize your dreams is going to be you. Not the world. YOU. by @UncleRush (10)

Always try to be yourself. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (78)

Any kind of lasting success is rooted in honesty. by @UncleRush http://smpl.ws/cb (55)