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Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + God

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  229 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Russell Simmons, the original and eternal hip-hop mogul, is one of the most innovative and influential figures in modern American business and culture. When no one outside of inner-city New York had even heard of hip-hop, Simmons saw the seeds of a global force that would change the way people talk, dress, listen to music, and choose the heroes they hang on their walls. To ...more
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Published September 24th 2002 by Three Rivers Press (first published 2001)
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Adrienna
The title speaks for itself. In the late sixties and seventies, he speaks about drugs and money--how he sold artificial drugs as a youth and later when gangs formulated in Queens, Harlem, and surrounding cities. He later realized that he came from a decent neighborhood and good-home training, why was he in the street selling fake drugs (cocoa leaf as if it was cocaine) and hanging out with gangs (for those who came from broken homes)--so he got out before death came knocking at his door.

He went
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Corina
Ehhh...it was aiiight....not much detail about his personal story, but more an overview of his business ventures and little tidbits of advice. I was expecting a lot more, but it's worth reading for anyone interested in hip hop culture, or the music business. I hope someday he writes a real autobiography, and maybe uses a decent co writer!
Kelvin Singleton
Russel Simmons' work in Sex, Drugs, Money, + God was a compelling depiction of the pitfalls of wanting, striving to achieve at any cost, and having success, Without and with God's blessing. It reminds me of my own life; where I've been; what I was willing to do;what I'm capable of; and where it ultimately led and now leads me. Inspiring.
Emmanuel
This book, written by Russell Simmons is just talking about what goes around in his area, with rappers, and such, involving what the title states "Sex, drugs, money + God". In my opinion I didn't really enjoy the book that much, was sort of boring.
Tony Smith
Sep 17, 2010 Tony Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Russell is a force, he has opened my eyes to business.

Not just the music, but the business of life and the life of business,I love it all.

Visionary, this needs to be in all of our homes.
bARRY
the biggest themes in this book are cocaine, cellphones & yoga. things that are really annoying when other people do/use them...but you're okay when you do/use them.
Ldvk
Great book not just about Russell but also about the early beginnings of hip hop and how he helped to shape it.-
Joe
Interesting insights into the early days of Hip Hop and a good documentation of Def Jams history.
Jarod McGee
very powerful message highly recommended
Dave
Aug 13, 2007 Dave rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hip hop heads
Shelves: memoirbiography
life is luck and work
Marcus
Feb 02, 2008 Marcus rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
What a story!!!
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Russell Simmons is an American entrepreneur and record producer. Simmons was the former owner of the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam, a founder of Russell Simmons Music Group, and the creator of the clothing fashion line Phat Farm and the fragrance label Atman.

Russell Simmons is the fourth richest hip hop entrepreneur, having a net-worth estimate of $340 million, behind Jay-Z ($547M), 50 Cent ($4
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