Russell Simmons Responds To Jimmy Spicer's Unpaid Royalties Claim~hiphopdx.com Russell Simmons may be laying low right now but thanks to the internet, news has its way of traveling quickly. On Friday (September 21), HipHopDX published an exclusive interview with Hip Hop pioneer Jimmy Spicer who was recently diagnosed with advanced brain and lung cancer.
During the conversation, Spicer took note of Simmons’ $2,500 donation to his GoFundMe campaign but accused the Def Jam Recordings co-founder of cheating him out of royalties. Back in the 1980s, Spicer was under Simmons’ management — the aptly titled Rush Management — alongside Kurtis Blow and Orange Kush.
Spicer said Simmons still owes him for the 1983 hit “Money (Dollar Bill Y’all),” which was produced by Simmons and Larry Smith for Spring Records. But Simmons has a different recollection. “I’ve always worked for artists and get them fair deals was my forte,” Simmons tells DX. “‘Super Rhymes’ was his big record. That’s how I got to know him. This is important: Jimmy was not on Def Jam, so I was never in control of or responsible for his royalties. I’m sorry he feels that way. I’m praying for his recovery and wish him well.” Listen on YouTube.. https://youtu.be/nkGLco0tGqc Rick Rubin established Def Jam Recordings in 1984 while a student at New York University, A year later, Rubin put out Spicer’s “This Is It” and “Beat The Clock” under the Def Jam imprint.
The discrepancy seems to lie in whether Spicer was officially signed to Def Jam. Simmons was still running Rush Management when he linked up with Rubin, so technically Spicer was still under Rush. “I was signed to Def Jam after Spring [Records] and was directly signed to Russell Simmons and Rush productions,” Spicer explains to DX. “I think he forgot about the contracts we signed and he knows I’m coming. I will believe it when I get a heartfelt apology and my money.” #russelsimmons #seanspicer #rickrubin #defjam #springrecords #contracts #royalties #monies #rushproductions #money #dollarbillyall