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Reply to "Russell Simmons Eyed As New NAACP Prez"

Russell Simmons, the godfather of hip-hop, has used street smarts and a platinum Rolodex to create a $300 million conglomerate. Now he's flexing his political muscle. Come inside the frenetic world of a modern entrepreneur.---link

I'm sorry. I was hesitant to say he is the 'Father' of hip-hop.

Your link does per the quote.

I said he was the 'Father' of the rap industry.

I think I'm right.

As you pointed out, until Simmons came along, the business revolved around one person 'calling out' another. It is my understanding it was he who converted that entrepreneurial ambition into a structured industry operating outside of the control of the 'bigs' of the business.


Jim Chester