Russel Simon and Run DMC are responsible for selling out the Hip-Hop Renaissance in the 1980’s.
Why do you say Muhammad?
I was there living on the East Coast at the birth of the Hip-Hop Renaissance (1980 to 1989) managing a few young inspired Hip-Hop artist and groups. I had a few notable meetings with then newly formed hip-hop record companies. I also partnered in promoting local Hip-Hop concerts in Hartford CT.
Run DMC was the first Hip-Hop group to commercialize the movement with hit album ‘Raising Hell,” featuring a song rapping about “Adidas Sneakers.”
They got paid but Hip-Hop lyrical songs rapping cultural awareness took a back seat in music industry distribution and now is underground almost non-existent.
Now our youth and the public at large is expose to lyrical content that is derogatory, demeaning, and morally degenerative to young Black souls under the guise of real Hip-Hop.
Today’s rap music culture is not hip.
In the context of true Hip-Hop: Hip implies self-assurance and self-awareness of destructive elements in one’s environment.
Hop, implies developing the mental ability to avoid the pit-falls / traps and bad behavior examples present in one’s environment.
True “Hip-Hop,” is a message tuned to music inspiring things like self-respect, respect for and attainment of proper education; knowledge of self and others, love for ones fellow human being, etc, etc.
Now that’s Hip-Hop. That’s what Russell Simon played a role in derailing.
What you have today is not, I say is not…HIP-HOP.