Russell Simmons Responds To Jimmy Spicer unpaid Royalties Claim
#DXCLUSIVE: The Hip-Hop mogul is praying for Spicer's recovery.
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 released 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 campaign on GoFundMe, but accused the Def Jam Recordings co-founder of cheating him out of royalties. Back in the decade of 1980, Spicer was under Simmons ' management-the aptly titled Rush Management — along with 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 the Spring of Records. But Simmons has a different recollection.
"I've always worked for artists and get fair deals was my forte," Simmons says DX. "'Super Rhymes', was his major record. That's how I got to know him. This is important: Jimmy was not on Def Jam, so I never felt in control of or responsible for their copyright. Sorry, it feels that way. I'm praying for your recovery and we wish him the best."
Rick Rubin established Def Jam Recordings in 1984, while a student at the University of New York, A year later, Rubin put Spicer "This Is" and "Beat The Clock" under the label Def Jam.
The discrepancy seems to lie in whether Spicer was officially signed with Def Jam. Simmons was Rush Management when it is linked with Rubin, so technically Spicer was still in Rush.
"I was signed to Def Jam, after the Spring [Records], and was directly signed to Russell Simmons and Rush productions," Spicer explains to DX. "I think that he forgot of the contracts that were signed and he knows I'm going. I'll believe it when I get a sincere apology and my money."
Despite Spicer the allegations, Simmons has continued light that shines in their health situation and to direct people to Spicer page GoFundMe. On Sunday (September 23)