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Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money and God (2002)

Written with Russell Simmons's long time friend Nelson George, Life and Def is a look at hip hop's first mogul. From the launch of Def Jam Records in his college dorm room to his clothing line Phat Farm and his venture into film and TV production with the hit HBO series Def Comedy Jam, Simmons has met success at nearly every corner. He chronicles his relentless pursuit of the American dream. Hilarious, inspiring and insightful, Simmons holds nothing back on his battle whether it be about his drug addiction, his love of models, his relationships with everyone from Donald Trump, his ex-wife Kimora Lee to the Dalai Lama. For a trip into hip hop's history narrated by one of its architects, this book is the ticket.

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