Guest Star: "I've Just Really Set Out To Be Myself, Past My Last Name"
Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 12:35PM
[With the emergence of a youth takeover courtesy of Justin Bieber and Willow Smith, 15-year-old Diggy Simmons breaks down his lifestyle as a teenage music newcomer.]
Obviously doing what I do requires a whole lot of different things. My daily schedule is usually pretty scattered and it's not usually planned but some days it will involve media and a lot of the times I'm just [studio work], because I have the choice of being in the studio when I want and so I always [choose to be there]. I'm always wanting to create. I'll have ideas going through my head and working with my producer.
Something I definitely do a lot during the day is hit the studio and school. I'm actually home schooled. School is something that I'm always doing but media, studio, events and doing those types of different things like that are things that pop up quite frequently.
I do have free time also though. I definitely make sure to chill with my boys, play ball, go out to eat and do whatever. But I definitely have quite a lot of freedom actually.
So far, things haven't really blown up too, too, too big yet. I'm still building as an artist and putting in that groundwork. So right now things are still developing and that's a good thing. A lot of people I know like my uncle [Russell Simmons], my dad [Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons], they really have a big legacy in hip-hop and music as a whole.But I've always been a very independent person and just coming into this game, I've just really set out to be myself, past my last name. Just straight up Diggy.
For 2011, I am focused on dropping a few more mixtapes and then really get working on my debut album. Whatever comes with that hard work, I've set in my mind what I want and I know it will all come to me. I'm definitely focused right now and I have a plan for where I want to go from this point forth.
It all depends on that work you put in. So we'll see.
Diggy Simmons is the son of legendary emcee Reverend Run from the iconic Run-DMC rap trio. In addition to dropping multiple mixtapes, Diggy has received mentor advice from hitmaker Pharrell Williams and is currently preparing an upcoming Atlantic Records debut album.