Rap newcomer Diggy Simmons recently reflected on which artists have influenced his rhymes and mentioned Roc-A-Fella co-founder Jay-Z as his top inspiration.
In addition to Young Hov, Digg said he also mentioned that emcees like Eminem and Lupe Fiasco also have inspired his career.
“I mean, Jay-Z all the way from Reasonable Doubt to Blueprint 3, I have every Jay album. Jay is somebody that inspired me, Em’, Nas, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco… you know? I guess some of the core people that are really looked at. I also listened to A Tribe Called Quest and the Wu-Tang Clan as well…It’s a beautiful thing to really see young people have that drive and ambition to make it on the Billboard charts. Justin [Bieber] is a friend of mine. We both have been friends before he blew up and to see him turn into a megastar, it’s crazy, man! It’s just a beautiful thing.” (XXL Mag)
Last month, Simmons said Hov’s Reasonable Doubt was one of his top favorite albums of all-time.
“Jay-Z has inspired me big time. Reasonable Doubt is one of my favorite Jay albums of all time.” Diggy’s pick-“Dead Presidents.” “I’m a big fan of Kanye West. He’s really innovative in the stuff that he does.” Diggy’s pick- “I Wonder.” “Lupe [Fiasco] is probably my favorite rapper of all time. He’s a person I look to and the reason why I am the way I am, lyrically.” Diggy’s pick – “Little Weapon.” (VIBE)
Simmons’ “Made You Look” freestyle hit the airwaves last spring.
People may be familiar with Diggy Simmons as Reverend Run‘s second-oldest son on the show “Run’s House.” But Diggy has been steadily building a name for himself as an MC — and somewhat of a young fashionista — thanks in large part to his blog and his mixtape, First Flight. And anyone who was still unfamiliar with Diggy took notice when he released a video of himself freestyling over Nas’ “Made You Look” throughout the streets of New York. (MTV)
The 15 year-old recently shared his thoughts on the emergence of young superstars.
“I am happy to be a part of this. I think that this is the most beautiful thing. Justin Beiber being my homey for a year and a half now. To watch him blow up and his progression is great. I’ve just met Jaden Smith a few weeks ago. He is a real cool kid, very talented. And Willow, you might see something from us coming out. It’s great man. My homey Lil’ Twist is doing his thing. There are some young artists on the come up at Def Jam doing their thing. And it’s not like we’re all good enough for our age. I feel that all of us that are making a name for ourselves are as good as anybody; we can hold our own.” (All Hip Hop)
Check out Diggy Simmons’ recent “Made You Look” music video below: