Russell Simmons one of the most influential people in the World of Hip Hop, covers Forbes Life November issue. Russell aka Uncle Rush molded rap into the conglomerate business it is today, that’s why he’s $75 million strong. Like it or not he’s one of the major influences who assisted in providing the edgy talent of Run-D.M.C. and it’s cross over appeal.
In this 2012 issue he shares with us his plans of what’s to come. A brilliant mind who has knocked down brick and cement walls, that have allowed the Jay Z’s, Lil Wayne’s, Diddy’s, Master P’s, and other big timer’s to creatively make rap more than just a culture but financial freedom for years to come, if they play their hands right……..imagine that
Check out the excerpt ….
On his upcoming plans:
In January, he’ll debut Tantris, a yoga line for women and men. “It’s going to be high-end and sexy,” he says. “Something way more sexy than what Lululemon is doing.” He’ll also publish a book, Mass Mantra, which is a do-it-yourself guide to meditation.
On moving to L.A.:
“It’s new inspiration, new shit,” he says, explaining the move to L.A. “I’m gonna make a bunch of movies and TV. I’m gonna take my kids to school. It’s a new life.” He’s contemplating producing two small-budget films and has a new deal with a YouTube channel that will function as an incubator for talent and ideas that could be spun into TV and film.
On his new girlfriend:
He has a new steady – they’ve been on ten dates–named Leila Lopes, a 26-year-old Angolan who happens to be the reigning Miss Universe. Simmons stops short of calling her his girlfriend, though. He’s frequently photographed with comely young women. Lopes is charming and poised, “good company,” Simmons says. But when his friends started telling him “this is your Michelle Obama,” it freaked him out.
Mjj says….Russell has that talk game, and I absolutely love it…You can’t knock the Hustle.