Today marks the 56th birthday of Russell Simmons. He has been a major figure in hip-hop since he co-founded Def-Jam in 1983 with Rick Rubin, putting artists like LL Cool J and The Beastie Boys on the map. His empire also grew with Def Poetry Jam, Def Comedy Jam and his clothing line Phat Farm. Simmons has also produced films and TV shows, like Eddie Murphy’s The Nutty Professor and his brother’s, Reverend Run of Run-DMC, reality show Run’s House. While his main focus has been on business, he also has written self-help books including The New York Times best-seller Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success.
Happy birthday, Russell Simmons! -Ariana LaBarrie