He became a minister in 1991.
He attended LaGuardia Community College.
His group Run DMC was voted number 48 for the Greatest Artist in Rock 'n' Roll by the Rolling Stones Magazine.
He is 5 feet and 8 and a half inches tall.
He married his brother Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee. Joseph also married Pepa of Salt-n-Pepa and Treach of Criss of Naughty by Nature.
He is currently married to Justine Simmons and they had Diggy, Russy, Victoria and adopted Miley together. His past marriage was with Valerie Vaughn they had Vanessa, Angela and JoJo together.
Joseph is good friends with Kid Rock. He and Kid Rock have teamed up to do an album together and are doing a tour together in 2008. They have also did a tour together in 2002.
Nearly a year after Victoria's death, the Simmons family adopted a baby and named her Miley Justine Simmons.
Joseph's third daughter Victoria Ann Simmons died shortly after being born 9/26/06, her cause of death was a birth defect where her intestines stuck out of her belly button.
His first single, "Mind On The Road," is featured in the EA Sports video game "Madden NFL 2006."
Joseph is the "Phat Farm" executive.
His first solo album was called "Distortion."
His first work as Rev Run was a feature in the single "Song For Lovers" by UK pop band Liberty X in September 2005.
Simmons began using "Rev Run" as a stage name after he was ordained as a reverend priest in Zoe Ministries.
He was a lead vocalist in Run-D.M.C. with co-founder and friend Darryl "DMC" McDaniels.
Joseph was the last child born to Daniel and Mary Simmons. His older brothers are Daniel and Russell Simmons.
Joseph Simmons: I'm not branding. I'm branding myself as a dad and a husband, and the brand that you're looking at is brand Family Man. It's me teaching the world about the gifts that God gave me.
Joseph Simmons: What is the meaning of success? depends on what your striving for. Don't expect achievements alone will make you complete. Happiness comes from appreciating what you have not what your searching for. Remember make your life a hit don't wait for the hit to make your life.
Joseph Simmons: God gives to givers and takes from takers.
Joseph Simmons: The wedding and the honeymoon are probably the furthest thing from marriage.
Joseph Simmons: How do you recover from an extraordinary loss? Take stock of loved ones around you. Hug them, love them, and cherish them. When you appreciate the joys in your life, it makes sorrow that much easier to swallow. Every day is a new day. Hope floats, so let it rise. God is love.
Joseph Simmons: When somebody comes up to you and says, "What's up player" or "How you doing, pimp," really it's a term of endearment. We're not saying, "Go and become a pimp." You have to understand rap. It's a coded thing.
My son, Daniel - Daniel is eight - comes up and says "What's up, Pimp Juice?" It wasn't like he was saying, "Go and be a pimp." It's like when people say, "What up, nigga" we don't look at it like, "Oh God. The..."
Joseph Simmons: Rap is a reflection of the world.