Of course true hip hop fans are aware that Daniel “Diggy” Simmons is the son of Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons, of the pioneering hip hop group Run DMC. Despite his regal blood type, the son of hip hop royalty has indeed raised his own bar.
At just the tender age of 10, The 19 year old Queens, NY born, New Jersey bread rap star was introduced to the world in 2005, along with his parents and five siblings in the popular the family oriented MTV reality television show Run's House.
During season 1, and episode 2 of the popular reality series, entitled A Healthy Heart, Diggy displayed his rapping skills with his original song, “The Most Devastating Rapper”. Unbeknownst to many, this would introduce him to the world as one of the newest stars in the making.
Fast forward to 2014. Simmons is a hitmaker in his own right, and has appeared on countless hit songs as a featured artist. Amid many nominations Simmons became the 2012 recipient of BET’s Young Stars Award, and 2012’s NAACP Outstanding New Artist award, stapling him one of the most sought after young hip-hop stars in the industry.
Following the success of 2011’s “Do It like You” with R&B artist Jerimih, Simmons is enjoying one of the most successful singles of the summer entitled “My Girl. Along with fellow rising star, 17-year-old Disney and Eureka alum Trevor Jackson. Premiering back in May, “My Girl is rapidly climbing the charts and receiving major airplay. Released on May 7, the music video shows the young teen heartthrobs impeccably dressed in tailored suits, and mingling with the ladies in a “grown and sexy” atmosphere.
Simmons suavely departs from childhood as he delivers lyrics reminiscent of a
young LL Cool J:
“I wanna get to know you girl, let me learn
Explore your mind and every curve
We should go somewhere and get acquainted
No pressure, it's just two people hanging
I'm Diggy wait? I ain't get ya' name
I get the feeling its about to change”
Jackson charismatically assists the diplomatic Simmons as his velvet voice caresses the hook:
"First off, let me apologize
For all them other guys that didn't treat you right, girl
Let me ease your mind girl, ohhh
See, you are just my type and I ain't no psychic
But I believe in my world, is that I can read your mind girl
My girl, my girl"
Jackson continues to please as he croons,
"Stress on ya mind, let me take that off
I'll give you what you need, it don't matter the cost
If he ain't on his job, girl you lay that man off, off"
Simmons has been making noise since 2009. His debut mixtape, The First Flight, received more than 100,000 downloads, eventually leading Simmons to signing a record deal with Atlantic Records.
2011 proved to be a fruitful year for Simmons as he embarked on BET's 106 & Park Closer to My Dreams and Scream Tour's Next Generation tours Along with fellow rising stars, Tyga, Mindless Behavior, Jacob Latimore, and the OMG Girlz, Simmons experienced touring for the very first time.
His first single, "Copy, Paste", from his debut album Unexpected Arrival peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart allowing Unexpected Arrival to reach #2 on the US Rap Chart and #3 on the US R&B chart.
By late 2012, Simmons headlined his very own "Life of The Jetsetter Tour" with returning acts Jacob Latimore, and OMG Girlz among others.
What’s in store for this dynamic duo? Both Simmons and Jackson have proven that they make beautiful music together, and there is no doubt that these two will not create the same magic again. Stay tuned folks!