The kind of talented kid who had a recording contract before a driver's license, Diggy Simmons is a rapper, reality television star, fashion mogul, and descendent of hip-hop royalty.
The son of Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons
from the legendary Run-D.M.C.
, Daniel "Diggy" Simmons first came to the public's attention in 2005 when he appeared on the reality television show Run's House along with his parents and five siblings. Four years later, he staked his claim with The First Flight, a mixtape hosted by DJ Spinking. Early in 2010, a freestyle he recorded over Nas
' "Made You Look" beat became a viral Internet hit, and it didn't take long for the Atlantic
label to come calling, recording contract in hand. The 15-year-old Diggy signed and released the Airborne mixtape to celebrate. The mixtape included the track "Great Expectations," which was featured in a national television commercial campaign for a major American cell phone service. He also introduced his Chivalrous Culture line of sneakers around the same time. In 2011, he released the single "Copy, Paste," which peaked at number 24 on Billboard
's R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, and was featured on Mindless Behavior
's Top Ten R&B/hip-hop hit "Mrs. Right." He toured with Mindless Behavior
and New Boyz
on the Scream Tour of America. After appearing on Jacob Latimore
's "Like 'Em All" and releasing another charted single ("Do It Like You," featuring Jeremih
), Diggy issued his debut album, Unexpected Arrival, in March 2012. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi