One of my favourite quotes comes from Simmons, whose mentality helped Def Jam become the most ubiquitous label in hip-hop history.
Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.
I recently came across a post by Verne Ho about the importance of surrounding yourself with good people, and it reminded me of the Russell Simmons quote I’ve held closely for years. I loved Verne’s sketch notes on the subject, and they inspired my attempt to recreate them as on the web.
Check out what I came up with here.
- Def Jam went on to pioneer the hip-hop revolution of the late 80’s, and today is home to artists like Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Rick Ross, and Rihanna.↩