Pimpin' Ain't Easy, But Somebody's Got to Do It
This is a man's world
But it wouldn't be nothing without a woman or
—JAMES BROWN, “It's a Man's, Man's World”
Women are the weaker sex. … women's bodies
are made to attract and to please men. … now
that women are equal, they should be able to ac-
cept being told that they aren't, quite.
—HARVEY MANSFIELD, Manliness
When hip hop impresario Russell Simmons appeared at Hamilton College for an evening lecture on “Hip Hop, Culture, and Politics” in April 2004, no one could have anticipated the fallout. Simmons, considered a veritable maverick in the hip hop industry, cofounded with Rick Rubin the highly successful record label Def Jam. Under Def Jam, Simmons promoted and developed rap acts like Kurtis Blow, LL Cool J, and the first crossover rap triumvirate, Run DMC, in which his brother Joseph Simmons—the “Run” in the DMC—was also a member.
He would later go on to establish another label, Russell Simmons Music Group. Setting up a quasi-entertainment and fashion empire through his company Rush Communications, Simmons's entrepreneurial talents expanded to include a