The main appeal of hip-hop to me has been the ability for people to create something from nothing and be successful regardless of their background. Basically people who had the best understanding of the culture tended to come out on top. They monetized their words and their image when they came from nothing, and I always had a lot of respect for that. But times have changed. Black Enterprise decided to feature Angela and Vanessa Simmons as their “Entrepreneurs of the Week”, and to be honest it’s an insult to entrepreneurs everywhere. What work did these girls actually put in? They got their Uncle (Russell Simmons) to let let them use his fashion infrastructure (Phat Farm) to distribute their product. You can’t just make a shoe, and expect foot locker to start ordering them. The reason they can even get their shoes in these chain stores is because they leveraged the free marketing they got from their fathers MTV show (Run’s House) and the powerhouse names they had behind them.
The Simmons sisters can be famous. They can be successful from a financial standpoint. But at the end of the day we all know these chicks wouldn’t be sh*t without the people behind them. That doesn’t mean they aren’t nice people with good hearts. I just don’t respect them as entrepreneurs. Plus real talk those shoes are ugly as hell.