Flashback Fridays: The Pioneer, Russell Simmons

This week, Russell Simmons received a Lifetime Achievement award from the prestigious National Arts Club. Everyone knows how important Simmons' role was to the growth and development of hip hop, not only as a music, but as a cultural movement. His fingerprints are everywhere. In music, he discovered unknowns that would go on to not only become successful and respected artists, but also icons who significantly influenced later generations, such as LL Cool J, Public Enemy, and of course, Run DMC. In clothing, he launched Phat Farm and Baby Phat, way before the cliche of hip hop clothing labels was conceived...
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