Why do Russell Simon seems to always get his face in front of grassroots movements? Like always he has a exploitative motive I’m assured. Can anyone think “Rush Card.”Russell_Simons_at it again-10375033_10152589501921482_3933019650114927379_n

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. 

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