Sunday, April 27

Motivational Quotes: Hip Hop - Russell Simmons

"America, you know, they always separate people because of race. They've been able to convince, 'The niggers are coming.' You know, the diversity that America has is so special. It's starting to really become a cool thing for young people. Not only because there are more mixes of people, but because people are more open-minded about each other. So I think in the future, America has a great, great opportunity, and mostly because of hip-hop." - Russell Simmons on Change & Opportunity in America.

"My experiences have been, from the very beginning, cultural and creative. And my business has been a way of exposing the culture, exposing the artists so that the world could hear and see them. " - Russel Simmons on his Vision for Hip Hop.

Russell Simmons is the premiere entrepreneur of Hip Hop, starting in the 1980's. He is from Queens, NY. He is famous for founding the Def Jam record label and Phat Farm Clothing, and being involved in various social justice organizations. He sold Def Jam for $110 million and Phat Farm for $120 million.
USA Today recently named Russell Simmons one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years", as a pioneer and a founding father of Hip Hop for launching it's music, business, fashion and social movements.
I just read his book, shown above. It is inspiring and guiding. He mixes and blends his street, spiritual and business wisdom learned from his Hip Hop world experiences. He distinctly highlights the mindset needed within to be successful in the context of today's modern world. Though it may not be for the degreed or born-fortunate, it does move the people who are in the struggle striving to lead fulfilling lives. It stays in my personal library.

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