Today in Hip Hop History: October 4, 1957
Hip Hop industry mogul Russell Simmons was born in Queens, New York in 1957. Simmons most notably co-founded the hip hop record label Def Jam Recordings, alongside fashion lines Phat Farm, American Classics and Argyleculture. As of 2011, Simmons is the 3rd richest figure in hip hop, with a net worth of $340 Million.
Simmons met up with DJ/Bboy Kurt Walker in 1975, where the two joined in on the new found phenomena that was hip hop culture. In addition, Simmons has co-produced films, acted, produced reality TV, participated in activism and authored several books.
Alongside his entrepreneurial spirit, Simmons has influenced the culture of hip hop tremendously through his business practices and leadership values. Similar to that of Rick Rubin, Simmons is forever cemented in hip hop as a tycoon. Happy 58th birthday Russell Simmons!