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Def Jammed?

According to the New York Daily News, Def Jam founder Russell Simmons has come under fire for crossing the line from political activist — to lobbyist. In Jennifer Reingold’s November profile of the hip-hop entrepreneur, she comments on Simmons’ move into politics with his Hip Hop Action Network Coalition.

According to the New York Daily News, Def Jam founder Russell Simmons has come under fire for crossing the line from political activist — to lobbyist. In Jennifer Reingold’s November profile of the hip-hop entrepreneur, she comments on Simmons’ move into politics with his Hip Hop Action Network Coalition. Now the New York Lobbying Commission is stating that — because the Coalition spent $300,000 to stage rallies protesting the Rockefeller drug laws — it must register as a lobbyist. Quoth Simmons: “I ain’t no lobbyist.”

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Meanwhile, Murder Inc., a subsidiary of Def Jam, is changing its name to the Inc. following allegations of money laundering — and a September shooting of one of the Inc.’s rappers. Do you think the hip-hop label will be confused with a certain business magazine?

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