Russell Simmons

*Russell Simmons revealed one career mistake he made and that’s sign Shaquille O’Neal.

“I didn’t get a chance to, but I would’ve probably,” he said about the missed opportunity of signing O’Neal.

Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Records, was asked if there was any athlete turned rapper he would love to work with back in the day.

And he name dropped O’Neal — having wished he worked with him back in the day — calling him a talented rapper.

“Shaquille, I wish I had worked with him earlier. Yeah, he’s kind of cool.”

Watch what Simmons has to say below:

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We agree with Uncle Russell. Shaq can handle a mic. One of our faves is his 1997 cut “Straight Playin'” produced by DJ Quik. Check it out: