With his diverse portfolio of interests, he's amassed a personal fortune of more than 0 million and has changed the face of hip hop many times over at Def Jam, the label he co-founded with the producer Rick Rubin.He pioneered the rap-rock crossover with Rubin on Run-DMC's "Walk this Way," co-produced the first gold-certified hip-hop single (for Kurtis Blow) and album (for LL Cool J), blended the worlds of hip hop and fashion with Run-DMC, and helped create a global audience for rap music.As you might recall, Cynthia Bailey is another one of Russell's former flames.The Def Jam co-founder even proposed to Cynthia, but she turned him down, Cynthia's current husband Peter Thomas told So proud to work with attorney crump today what a beacon of light.Simmons hinted to Billboard, many years later in 2016, that there had been creative differences, but also suggested that these had not been insurmountable; it has also been widely reported that Rubin lost a power struggle with Lyor Cohen, who would take his place at Def Jam and become the label's president.In 1994, Simmons and Cohen sold half of Def Jam to Polygram for million; they sold the rest to Seagram (which by then had bought Polygram) in 1999 for 0 million, according to Rolling Stone.By 1982, Simmons' younger brother, Joseph, had formed a hip-hop group with his friends Darryl "DMC" Mc Daniels and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizzell.Simmons co-produced two songs for them, "It's Like That" and "Sucker MCs" — the latter's sparse, hard-edged sound was unlike anything heard in hip hop before: it was the first time Simmons had reinvented the genre; it wouldn't be the last.
Inspired by the success of "Rappers' Delight" in 1979, they recorded a single together, "Christmas Rappin.'" But Simmons could not get a record deal for Blow.Simmons suddenly announced he was stepping down from his companies after being accused of sexual assault in late 2017, and continued to face new allegations of assault well into the following year. He was the second of three sons whose parents — Daniel Sr., a teacher, and Evelyn, an administrator — raised their family in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, New York. but it didn't make me a bad person: it made me a sad person, a diseased person." Simmons also sold drugs for a time and ran with a street gang, the Seven Immortals.His parents were hardworking and aspirational, but the wider community in Queens was "destroyed by drugs," Simmons told The Guardian in 2013. His concerned father made him get a job at Orange Julius in Greenwich Village, in an attempt to steer him away from trouble — but Simmons got fired after a month for throwing oranges at people.Highlights included turning frat-boy rap into an unlikely global phenomenon with The Beastie Boys' album ; landing the first million-dollar endorsement deal for a hip-hop group when Run-DMC's single "My Adidas" came to the attention of the sportswear giant; fusing rock with hip hop on Run-DMC and Aerosmith's "Walk this Way" — the video becoming the first featuring a hip-hop act to be played on heavy rotation at MTV; and turning the world on to black-power politics via the most explosively radical group in hip-hop history, Public Enemy.Rubin left the label in 1988 under circumstances that have never been fully explained.