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UHHM and Russell Simmons

It remains unclear why disgraced rap mogul Russell Simmons is associated with Universal Hip-Hop Museum, which is scheduled to open in the South Bronx in 2024.

It remains unclear why disgraced rap mogul Russell Simmons stood by New York City mayor Eric Adams’ side on August 3 as the latter announced a $5 million investment fund in the Universal Hip-Hop Museum, which is scheduled to open in the South Bronx in 2024. Since sexual-assault allegations against Simmons, fueled by several media investigations as well as a widely seen 2020 documentary, On the Record, briefly forced him to leave the US, he has tried to reintegrate himself into hip-hop circles, including a controversial appearance during Method Man & Redman’s VERZUZ showcase. None of the coverage of Adams’ press conference explained why Simmons was there, and the on-site reporters apparently didn’t ask about the allegations. Instead, he simply told the New York Post that he wanted to see the genre’s pioneers “celebrated and compensated.”

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