Rev Run has yet another son shooting to make an exceptional mark in hip-hop. 14-year-old Diggy is the third of the Simmons lineage to pursue a career as an MC.
On Monday, the teen rapper became the first to release a freestyle over Drake’s new single “Over,” an unexpected move that received a plethora of positive feedback.
“With that freestyle, I heard the track, loved it, then got the instrumental from a friend of mine and just did it on the whim,” Diggy told VIBE on Wednesday. “It wasn’t really anything I planned. I wasn’t even ready for this to be a big thing because I’ve had tracks out before. I put my all into everything, but sometimes some tracks come out better than others. It got such a big buzz maybe because it came out the day after and people enjoyed it.”
But Diggy isn’t looking to be dubbed a kiddie rapper. On his “Flow Stoopid” freestyle, which he released to the Web yesterday, the young’un rhymes: “I don’t rap for my age like Lil Bow Wow/The son of a king so why would I ever bow down?”
“My route is completely different,” the second-youngest Simmons told VIBE. “[Bow Wow and Lil Romeo] rap for their age group and little girls and little kids… Though I am a kid, my music isn’t talking about, ‘I got all the little girls, blah, blah, cars, money, clothes, I’m so fly.’ My content is above what people would think I’d be talking about.“
For Diggy—who says his influences range from Lupe Fiasco to Wu-Tang Clan to Mos Def—age ain’t nothing but a number, and some listeners three times his age seem to agree.
“I’ve had people that were like, ‘Yo, I’m a hip-hop head from the ‘90s, I’m like 40-years-old and I like this, for real. This kid is really doing it better than some older than him,” he says. “This is all coming from the blogs and on Twitter. I really appreciate that because it didn’t have to turn out this way.”
Diggy released his debut mixtape, The First Flight, in December. —Tracy Garraud
Check VIBE.com Monday, March 15, for a full Q&A with Diggy.