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Wyatt Cenac, Live In Brooklyn; Russell Simmons On Def Jam At 30; Little May Plays Live

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hear Wyatt Cenac perform standup and discuss his new comedy album at BAM. Russell Simmons looks back on 30 years at Def Jam Records. Little May plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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Russell Simmons On 30 Years Of Def Jam

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Back in the 1990s, the very building where WNYC Radio is located -- 160 Varick Street, in the so-called "Hudson Square" area of Manhattan -- was home to the offices of Def Jam Records. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Records, the influential hip-hop label co-founded by Russell Simmons and his partner Rick Rubin. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Simmons reflects on those early years, and revisits his old Def Jam stomping grounds.

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Russell Simmons On 30 Years Of Def Jam; Summer Of '94 Quiz; San Fermin Plays At BAM

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

In this episode: Russell Simmons is the entrepreneur and entertainment mogul who co-founded Def Jam Records among a plethora of other highly successful business ventures. It’s his first visit to our studio, but not to our address: 160 Varick Street was Def Jam’s home in the mid-1990s. Simmons shares some memories from those days and reflects on 30 years of Def Jam.

Then: Take a look and listen back 20 years, to the summer of 1994, with a short quiz recorded live at Soundcheck's event at the BAM Harvey Theater as part of RadioLoveFest in June.

And: Hear the exuberant chamber pop band San Fermin perform a high energy set at BAM from RadioLoveFest.

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The Best Unofficial Anthems Of The 2014 World Cup; Why 'Shout' Wasn't A Hit; Curtis Harding Plays Live

Friday, June 13, 2014

In this episode: Yes, the Pitbull-Jennifer Lopez-Claudia Leitte song "We Are One" is the official anthem of this year's World Cup. But that hasn't stopped plenty of other musicians from putting forth their own songs inspired by the tournament. Soundcheck host John Schaefer and Mark Wheat of Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current take a listen to some of the more... interesting... results. 

And: Once in a while, Soundcheck inquires into the origins of an unlikely chart success with the series That Was A Hit?!? Today, the format gets turned on its head as pop chart columnist Chris Molanphy explains why the classic song “Shout” by the Isley Brothers never cracked the Top 40. 

And: Curtis Harding got his start singing backup for CeeLo Green. Now, the Atlanta-based singer has a debut album that's made up of what he calls "slop'n'soul." Whatever it is, it sounds good. He plays some of it live for us in the Soundcheck studio

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Russell Simmons on How You Can Get Rich

Friday, January 07, 2011

Russell Simmons made his name as one of the most influential names in hip-hop by helping to found Def Jam Records in the 2980s. But he's also a the author of a successful self-help book that Oprah Winfrey helped become a bestseller. Simmons tells us why he's trying to help people get rich.

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Hip Hop Summit

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Russell Simmons, hip-hop entrepreneur, founder of Def Jam records, and chairman of the Summit Action Network and Daphna Edwards Ziman, founder and chairperson of Children Uniting Nations, discuss the upcoming conference on "Keeping Our Promise to Our Children."

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Russell Simmons

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Record promoter and mogul Russell Simmons has been a part of some of the biggest acts in hip-hop, including The Beastie Boys and Run DMC. But his latest passion is reducing the carbon footprints of America's college campuses. To meet that goal he's running a contest called America's ...

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Hip Hop Self-Help

Friday, August 17, 2007

Hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons founded the record label Def Jam. Now he’s written a self-help book Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success. He talks about his unusual career progression.

Do You! is available for purchase at

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DREAM Weaver

Friday, August 17, 2007

Congress continues to debate the “DREAM Act,” a proposal in Congress that would grant citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants if they complete college or join the military. We’ll hear one high school student's story. Plus hip-hop mogul turned self-help guru Russell Simmons on his twelve-step program for success ...

Hip Hop Self-Help

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons founded the record label Def Jam. Now he’s written a self-help book Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success. He talks about his unusual career progression.

Do You! is available for purchase at

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Steps to Success

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The immigration debate continues with the "Dream Act," a proposal in Congress that would grant citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants if they complete college or join the military. We’ll discuss the implications. Plus hip-hop mogul turned self-help guru Russell Simmons on his twelve-step program for success.