Diggy Simmons On Dudes Hating On His Dance Skills, How To Be a Jet Setter & Not Being Limited By His Rev Dad

Hip Hop's youngest freshman of the year Diggy Simmons is building an empire for himself that's shaping up to be a sure shot road to success by this time next year. Gaining fame from his famous dad Reverend Run and the successful MTV reality series Run's House, Diggy (who currently just passed Beyoncé, Jay-Z, & Kanye West for the number one video on 106&Park) is trying his best to open up a lane that's exclusively his. In our sit down with the 16-year-old star just before his performance at HOT 97's Starburst Concert Series at Six Flags Great Adventure, we discussed dudes hating on his dancing skills, where his Jet Setter tag came from and why we can't seem to pry out any details on his tightlip debut. —Keenan Higgins

VIBE: Your "Copy, Paste" video recently pushed Jay-Z and Kanye West off the 106&Park throne. Are you shocked by how hard your fans go for you? 
Diggy Simmons: Definitely. I never expect anything that happens. Even tonight, I don’t know how receptive people are gonna be to me. But I just get confident and try to make them rock with me the best way I can and do my best.

You're also dancing pretty hard in some of those scenes. Back in the day a lot of rappers were doing the same thing, but now it's almost like we're too cool to dance. What inspired you to bring that back into hip-hop?
Honestly, I wasn’t trying to bring that back into hip-hop. I was just me. I’ve always danced, so I just did it. I believe that everybody should do what they love. There are some people who thought it was whack and they’ve been getting on me―like the dudes. But a lot of the girls liked it, so I’m not trippin’ over what anybody’s saying as bad.

And neither are your Jet Setters. But tell ys, what's the official definition of a Jet Setter?
A lot of people will take it literal and it’s not. It’s more so about you sticking to being you and being original. Also, it’s being innovative and not falling into the trap of doing what other people do just to fit in. That’s definitely not important. We need people that are gonna be themselves, so it’s definitely about that and taking that to new heights.

Some artists abhor Twitter, while you seem to have taken a liking to it. Do you feel like it's a must-have resource for artists?
I don’t do it because it looks good or because people like it. I genuinely care about the people that go hard for me. They don’t have to be there at the end of the day and they can also be taken away the next day. I definitely don’t take that for granted. They buy into me. Not money-wise, well yeah money-wise, but at the same time they just believe in me and they just want me to win at the end of the day. I’m definitely thankful. So yeah, I don’t think it’s something that you should just do. If you genuinely care about the people that go hard for you, then of course you should embrace them. I don’t do it just because. I do it because I love the people. That’s why I just stay talking to them and stay connected to them and in contact with them. It’s important to me.

We've heard a lot about who your dream artists are in the past, but what about producers?
Umm…honestly, everybody that I’ve worked with on my album I’m really satisfied with. It’s some real dope names, so nobody that I can think of. But there are so many producers that I want to work with that I’m getting blocked in my head. My mind has a list of a lot of names.

Can you name some that you’ve actually worked with on this album?
I can’t say yet. It’s under wraps for now.

Damn. Moving on [laughs] Since your dad is a very well-known reverend do you feel limited to some of the stuff you can rap about knowing that he’s listening?
No, not at all. I do me. I talk about my experiences, how I feel, and what I do. Any other rapper isn’t limited to what they do, no matter who their dad is, so not at all for me. I don’t talk about anything crazy. That’s not what I go through. I don’t talk about violence or anything bad.

Any word on what the second single is going to be?
I wish it wasn’t under wraps my brother [laughs]. It’s not me! I don’t want it to be under wraps. I want the album to come out. But nah, we’re just in the process of finishing up the album. Everything isn’t really fully mixed yet. Even without it being mixed, in its rough it just sounds so incredible. I’m excited for everybody to hear it.

Creative-wise, what can we expect from this debut?
The content and the substance of the music is definitely something that was important to me---mastering my verses and lyrically just making sure I get the message out in every song the right way I want it to. Sonically, the production all just fits. It just feels good, whether it’s a song that may not be the happiest to a song that does feel super good. It all just fits and feels great. I’m just excited for people to listen to it. It’s gonna change a lot.

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Three Chicago Officers Acquitted Of Covering Evidence In Laquan McDonald's Death

On Thursday (Jan. 17), Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson acquitted three Chicago officers who were on trial for covering evidence behind Laquan McDonald's shooting death, the Associated Press reports. The teenager was shot 16 times by former officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. Those within the law enforcement agency faced claims of burying the truth behind the shooting in order to justify Van Dyke's actions. But once dash-cam footage was released, the truth of what really happened was revealed. According to NPR, decades have passed in Chicago since an on-duty officer faced a murder charge for a shooting.

The officers, Joseph Walsh, David March, and Thomas Gaffney, were originally charged with official misconduct, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy. On the judge's decision, Special Prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes noted that this ruling should ignite a shift within police culture.

"We do hope that this has been a crack in the wall of the code of silence and that others will think twice about engaging in conduct that might land them in an investigation such as this," Brown said per AP.

McDonald's sister, Tariana, wrote a statement for The Chicago Tribune where she expressed her disappointment in the judge's decision. "Words couldn't explain how hurt I still am," she said. "...Not only did I lose a brother, I lost my best friend. People don't understand how I feel not to be able to talk to my brother, let alone see him again. That's why I feel like justice should be served."

At the time of the shooting, McDonald was said to have been acting "erratic" with a small knife in his hand. Van Dyke said he ordered the teen to drop the weapon. But according to video footage, McDonald was walking away from the police when he was gunned down in the back.

Van Dyke will face the final outcome of his trial on Friday (Jan. 18).

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2019 Yams Day: A Millennial Hypebeast's Wet Dream

It's somewhat fitting that the theme for the 2019 Yams Day is WWE wrestling. While it pays homage to the late Yams' favorite sport and pastime, it perfectly encapsulates today's concert culture for the millennial hypebeast.

After wading in the brisk weather of one of the colder Thursday's of Jan. 2019, 20-somethings and late 90s babies flocked to their assigned sections of Brooklyn's Barclays Center to pay tribute to the founder member and enjoy A$AP Rocky's "Injured Generation Tour."

The crowd is more salt than peppered, even more than a Lil Wayne concert. Puffer jackets decorate the rows of the rickety stadium chairs. And young clear girls donning cornrows, tube tops, cropped shirts, and a rainbow of colored, high-waisted camo pants weave in and out of the aisles. Boys in beanies, florescent skullcaps, and cross-body bags are seen down below migrating in huddles by the main stage and sub-arena masquerading as a wrestling ring. If you needed a gentle reminder of just how influential black culture can be, you found it here.

Rocky, the mob's fierce leader, encouraged the crowd to form a pit in the center of the venue. And just like WWE, a single spotlight highlights the pit as shirtless boys crash into one another, limbs failing and heads bobbing. It surely looks like it hurts, but as mentioned several times throughout the night, it's all for show, and for fun of course.

Each mosh is ricocheted off of one another so much so that from the lower level (which is actually one level above the floor), looked like a violent sea rolling up to shore.

The only thing keeping these kids up, besides the body of the person beside them, seems to be the revolving doors of performers which included a long list of ragers like Ski Mask the Slump God, Flatbush Zombies, Joey Bada$$, Metro Boomin, and of course A$AP Mob.

Weed fogs the air as fans light up to commemorate the fallen members of hip-hop. That includes more than Yams today, as XXXTentacion recently passed away in 2018. And it wouldn't be a night if someone didn't yell "Free Tekashi 6ix9ine." "No one deserves to be locked up," it was stated.

"Millennial" and "hypebeast" haven't always found the perfect harmony, but when they do it produces a unique experience. Black boy joy is one of the better products. A$AP Ferg and a variety of other friends and family partake in a fun-loving game of dance-tag, flinging their arms and bodies around as Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz's "Uproar" cuts on. Other jams of the present and past like Crime Mob's "Knuck If You Buck" and Kendrick Lamar's "M.a.A.d city" also blast through the speakers, while the n-word echoes through the spot.


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Millennials are fearless. What's more courageous than the kids entering the pits of destruction, are the musical acts that run off the cliff of the stage into the audience. They are so certain their fans will catch them, they often dive head first, flipping into piles of extended arms.

The surprise guests of the night, Meek Mill and Soulja Boy, are perhaps the most trending acts in the social realm. Soulja Boy reenacts comedic interview from The Breakfast Club, reciting "Draakee" as he walks from one end of the stage to the next. Meek creates a "moment," performing "Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)."


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Bedtime is approaching but there's not a yawn in sight around this crew. If you're looking for the millennials, you can find them turning up at Barclays.

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Democratic Senators Juggle With Whether To Retweet Cardi B's Government Shutdown Video

Cardi B gave her two cents on the partial government shutdown, which is now in its 27th day, in a video shared to her Instagram page. The Grammy-nominated rapper said that our country is in a "Hellhole" and discussed that she is scared of what is to come. She also explains that she feels badly for the thousands of government employees who are working without pay.

Her thoughts held merit, and even got people online talking about how they'd like her to run for President in 2020. Democratic Senators were also interested in what she had to say, with some writing on Twitter that they were thinking about retweeting her sentiments although her language is explicit. Her comments included "I don't want to hear any of y'all motherf**kas talkin' 'bout, 'Oh, but Obama shut down the government for 17 days,' Yeah, b***h! For healthcare!" and "This sh*t is really f**kin' serious, bro."

"(Trying to decide whether or not to retweet the Cardi B video)," tweeted Brian Schatz, the Democratic Senator for Hawaii. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy replied, writing "Omg, I had the same argument with myself 30 minutes ago!" Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer waited to see if the two would retweet, commenting "Guys, I’m still holding my breath. Are you gonna RT Cardi B or not?"

Ultimately, the Senators decided against the retweet, but wouldn't that have been something?

Omg, I had the same argument with myself 30 minutes ago!

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 17, 2019

Guys, I’m still holding my breath. Are you gonna RT Cardi B or not?

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 17, 2019


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I know a lot of ya do r watch the news so I’m letting ya know shit getting real .....I ain’t going to say nothing much tho I don’t want mofos to off me.....ANYWAYS TWERK VIDEO OUT NOW

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