Russell Simmons on The Juan Epstein Podcast

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Russell Simmons recently stopped by Hot 97 and spoke with Peter Rosenberg & Cipha Sounds on the “Juan Epstein” podcast about the first “hip-hop” disco parties, “Hip Hop” back in the day, first parties that he threw in Manhattan with Grandmaster Flash and more.

This time we get a visual, check it out above. Warning, explicit content.


You think you know what you’re getting here? You’re wrong. The pure history of Def Jam and basically the history of hip hop from Russell himself. We only make it til about 1985 but part 2 is a coming! I cannot believe I didn’t even know what Def Jam really meant. Wow… – Peter Rosenberg

Now with audio. Listen to Part 1 of the full interview above.