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SIMMONS ORGANIZES
HIP-HOP SUMMIT
New York Get-Together To Address State Of Hip-Hop, Spur Industry To Positive Reforms
Appealing to some of hip-hop’s more powerful figures, Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons is putting together a summit that will focus on the lyrics, content and advertising of the music.

Set for June 12-13 in New York, the summit is sponsored by Simmons, head of Rush Communications, and other top executives in the music business, including Sean "P. Diddy, nee Puffy" Combs and Master P.

Among those scheduled to participate are rappers Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, KRS-One, Q-Tip and Common.

"The purpose of this summit is to address various issues affecting the very survival of the integral spirit of hip-hop music," Simmons said in a statement. "We are taking a pro-active approach to deal with the serious issues that are facing the hip-hop industry."

Simmons said the goal of the conference is to spur the industry to enact positive reforms.
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