Rap veteran Reverend Run has stepped up to address his two sons, JoJo and Diggy Simmons, making headlines over the past few months for some notable hip-hop disputes.
While Rev does not force himself into the feuds, the Run-DMC frontman said he can fully respect his family defending themselves and answering backlash.
“Nah, they don’t tell me nothin’,” Rev revealed when asked if his two sons come to him prior to dropping diss records. “I don’t get in the middle of beefs but — here’s the bottom line. I don’t get into the beefs but I don’t mind my kids defending themselves. JoJo is minding his business and he just felt like he needed to say something. I have nothing to do with but he’s like, ‘Why y’all mad at me ’cause somebody said something about me? I’m handling my business. I just made a movie, I’m happy and I hear somebody say something about me so [I’ll respond].’ At the end of the day, you would do the same thing. [Charlamagne,] you do it all day. Somebody says something about you, you say it back.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Last week, JoJo Simmons dropped his “Holy Water” diss record after getting name-checked on Dipset member Juelz Santana‘s “Soft” song.
The oldest son of Rev. Run, JoJo, or Young Simmons, returns to the interwebs today with a new track aimed directly at the head of Juelz Santana. The track, “Holy Water (Juelz Santana Diss)”, finds Mr. Simmons spitting some barbed bars in which he speaks down on Mr. Santana for slandering his name while giving props to his Uncle, Russell. Man, I don’t know what got into Young Simmons, but he definitely brought the heat on this one. (Stupid Dope)
Back in October, Diggy spoke out on Roc Nation’s J. Cole breaking a truce and going at him in a subliminal freestyle.
On the red carpet at the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Diggy casually explained his side of the story. “As far as I go with it, I put out what I put out because of things that I was hearing him say,” he told MTV News. “And when I saw him after I put out the dis track he was like, ‘Yo, you know it’s all good. It’s love. We’re family,’ and then he came back [again]. I was shocked because my guard was down and we were cool,” Diggy added, explaining his reaction when Cole’s freestyle made the Internet rounds. “But then I was like cool, Cole really came back, and then I came back. There’s nothing more to it than that.” (MTV)
Nearly a year ago, Cole killed the idea of having beef with a teenager.
“There’s nothing going on. I’m not even thinking about it,” Cole said in an interview with DJ Drama. “What am I gonna go beat Diggy up? It’s not gonna happen. It’s Diggy Simmons, just remember this. He’s good, he’s talented, but he’s a kid. I was really surprised when people were making that an issue. That’s not the type of beef you want to be involved in.” (Drama Like The DJ)
Check out Rev Run’s interview: