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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...
This book inspired me. They way Russell tells the story of how he started to wear he ended up is shocking. Growing up in Brooklyn in that part of town could be scary, from selling fake cocaine to being in a gang, Russell shows how never giving up on your dream can get you to where you wanna go. I love how he talks about meeting some of the famous artists nowadays just by doing his job. Being a show promoter and starting my own clothing line sounds pretty awesome. Like I said, his story inspired
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!
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.
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.
Great story of the co-founder of one of the best record labels in Rap music history. Gives the reader a glimpse into the man behind the multiple business ventures that directly or indirectly influenced the music industry when it was time for a change.
2 star writing but 5 stars for the true story.
What a story!!!
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.
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.
life is luck and work
Great book not just about Russell but also about the early beginnings of hip hop and how he helped to shape it.-
I actually took notes he provided very valuable tools that can be used for entrepreneurs . What took me for a loop was how he spoke about his relationship with Trump. I guess reading it this day in age and Trump behavior it’s just hard to respect anyone with that type of ignorance so I was giving Russell a side eye by the end of the book. Great business advice but not a good judgement of character.
Shitty book by a sex offender.
This was a fun read but not terribly deep. A fascinating insight into the early formations of hip hop but definitely heavy handed in self congratulation. Easy ride though if interested.
Interesting and I wonder how much is true.. doesn’t the author say in the beginning he might be embellishing? And cool that he reveals info about Biggie & Tu-pac. I believe that Russell is right concerning Hip Hop, and I like his thoughts about it.
it was interesting but I still don't respect how he did Kimora Lee Simmons but w/e
Great story of the early years of hip hop, a must for all hip hop heads