Diggy Simmons: Carrying The Torch

We are steady approaching a

new year. With that comes fresh new starts, fresh new music, and fresh

faces. Emerging from Hip-Hop royalty, Diggy Simmons (son of Run and nephew of Russell) is next up to shine

from the family line up. His first Mixtape “The First Flight” was

originally slated for a “Black Friday” release date, but was released on December 2, 2009. It can be downloaded on his blog (digslifeofthejetsetter.blogspot.com).

During our brieft interview, Diggy proved to be abnormally well-spoken for a 14-year-old. Now, Diggy is ready to tell his story, and with

music and fashion as his muse, he plans on living up to his family’s

history of prominence.    AllHipHop.com: People would

assume that you would use your father, or uncle to push this project,

but you didn’t…

Diggy Simmons: No. not at all

AllHipHop.com: So why not?

And which approach did you take for promotion?

Diggy: Having the internet

as such an advantage, that’s what I’m using to push this whole Mixtape.

Of course my dad or uncle could walk up to a label which is the easiest

thing to do but I feel in my heart that I can push it myself.

AllHipHop.com: A lot of people

have watched Runs House, and from the outside looking in people could

say and think “Oh he’s spoiled, he gets everything” “What can

he possibly be talking about” How do you handle statements like that? 

Diggy:  I handle that

with my music. I’m just talking about my life. People just think 14

year old rich kid what he is going to talk about. I’m going to show

you all that I can talk about.

AllHipHop.com: Do you feel

any pressure to be a role model for the youth? Especially coming from

a family with a strong religious background?

Diggy: Not really, I just myself

for the most part, so I’m good that way. I don’t feel any pressure;

I just feel more pressure in proving myself…just the obstacles of

being a new artist.

AllHipHop.com: What topics

and issues will you be talking about on this Mixtape?

Diggy: I have a song with Karina

Pasian called “Cold War” problems in the world, Darfur in Africa,

to the war in Iraq, recession, poverty. The truth of me done on the

Drake “Fear” beat, its about what people automatically think of

me, me being arrogant, or cocky over my parents money that not necessarily

mine…its just me telling my truth.

AllHipHop.com: So are you looking

to get signed? Or are you sticking to the independent route?

Diggy: Right now I’m just independent,

by myself using the internet. You know you have twitter, I use my blog,

and all other music blogs. Hopefully I’m seen and somebody wants to

do something major label wise. 

AllHipHop.com: So why music?

Diggy: I’ve been rapping

since I was 5 then I stopped. I don’t even know why I stopped. Then

two years ago I got back into just recording normal tracks. I recorded

a song and posted it on my blog and it got crazy feed back, it wasn’t

even that lyrical it was more for fun. I love music, I love making it.

I’m almost in the studio everyday. 

AllHipHop.com: Who are you

musical influences?

Diggy: Andre 3000, Q-Tip, Lupe

Fiasco, Kanye…..just lyrical people.

AllHipHop.com: Top 5 artists

you want to work with in the future? 

Diggy:  All of the people

I said before, it’s a lot of people, too many to name.

AllHipHop.com: What other avenues

outside of music do you plan on branching out to…if any? 

Diggy:  Music and fashion

are my main loves. I can remember being real young and you can ask my

mom, I didn’t let anyone pick out my clothes. I have my clothing line

coming out next year. It’s going to be diverse. I grew up on Phat

Farm and street wear, and then I would go to the Hampton’s and wear

Ralph Lauren. So it’s a mix of preppy and adding that street wear

aspect to it.

AllHipHop.com: Are you on Twitter?

Diggy:  Yeah, it’s helping

me, and it’s a lot of people I can meet as an artist.  I’m

not even gonna lie, if I heard Diggy Simmons was rapping for the first

time I would be like “What is this kid gonna possibly talk about”.

I’m just trying to give people just enough. I’m just trying to build

my fan base.

AllHipHop.com: So what’s

next for Diggy Simmons? 

Diggy: Just doing me, getting

signed already, the clothing line popping. Just aspiring to do everything

else that comes along the way and what I love to do.

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