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{{Infobox musical artist
| name = Diggy Simmons
 
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| ]] song of the same name.<ref name="Concepcion">{{cite web
| image = VUMEE Launch 2012.jpg
 
| image_size =
 
| caption = Simmons at VUMEE Launch 2012.
 
| background = solo_singer
 
| alias = Diggy
 
| birth_name = Daniel Dwayne Simmons III
 
| birth_date = {{birth date and age|mf=yes|1995|3|21}}
 
| birth_place = [[Queens]], [[New York City|New York]], [[United States]]
 
| genre = [[Hip hop]], [[Contemporary R&B|R&B]], [[teen pop]]
 
| occupation = Rapper, singer-songwriter, fashion designer
 
| years_active = 2009&ndash;present
 
| label = Atlantic Records
 
| associated_acts = [[Jeremih]], [[Mindless Behavior]], [[Lil Twist]], [[All City Chess Club]]
 
}}
 
 
'''Daniel Dwayne Simmons III''' (born March 21, 1995), better known by his [[stage name]] '''Diggy Simmons''' or simply as '''Diggy''', is an American rapper and the fourth child of [[Joseph Simmons|Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons]] of Run DMC. He, along with his parents and five siblings, were the primary subjects of the [[MTV]] [[reality television]] show ''[[Run's House]]''. Diggy is also the youngest member of the hip-hop collective [[All City Chess Club]].
 
 
==Music career==
 
Diggy Simmons released his debut [[mixtape]], ''The First Flight '', in 2009.<ref name="Jeffries">
 
{{cite web
 
| last=Jeffries
 
| first=David
 
| url=http://allmusic.com/artist/diggy-simmons-p2261647/biography
 
| title=Diggy Simmons - Biography
 
| publisher=[[Allmusic]] ([[Rovi Corporation]])
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref><ref name="Kyles">
 
{{cite web
 
| last=Kyles
 
| first=Kara
 
\,0,7029213.story
 
| title=Even More Diggy: Kyles Files Complete Q&A with Diggy Simmons'''|publisher=''[[RedEye]]''
 
| date=August 26, 2011
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
More than 100,000 people downloaded the album from Simmons' blog.<ref name="Feeney">
 
{{cite web
 
| last=Feeney
 
| first=Michael J.
 
| url=http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-03-24/entertainment/27059892_1_inks-deal-run-dmc-teen-son
 
| title=Diggy, Son of Run-DMC Rapper Rev. Run, Inks Deal With Atlantic Records - Without Dad's Help
 
| publisher=''[[Daily News (New York)|Daily News]]''
 
| date=March 24, 2010
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
Following the album's release, according to Simmons, five record labels showed interest in signing him; he chose [[Atlantic Records]].<ref name="Ivey">
 
{{cite web
 
| last=Ivey
 
| first=Nile
 
| url=http://www.bet.com/news/music/2010/03/31/mscdiggysimmonstalksatlanticrecordsdeal033010.html
 
| title=Diggy Simmons Explains Signing With Atlantic Records, Talks Five Label Bidding War
 
| publisher=[[Black Entertainment Television|BET]]
 
| date=March 31, 2010
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
Early in 2010, Simmons uploaded a video of himself [[Freestyle rap|freestyling]] over the [[Nas]] song, "[[Made You Look]]". The video became a [[Viral video|viral]] hit<ref name="Jeffries" /> and garnered praise from [[Kanye West]], who responded on [[Twitter]]: "I knew this kid was [going] to be fresh. I knew it!"<ref name="Roberts">
 
{{cite web
 
| last=Roberts
 
| first=Steven
 
| url=http://www.vh1.com/artists/news/1634688/20100325/nas.jhtml
 
| title=Diggy Simmons 'Made You Look' Freestyle Grabs Kanye West's Attention
 
| publisher=[[VH1]]
 
| date=March 25, 2010
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
 
''Airborne'', Simmons' second mixtape, was released in 2010.<ref name="Jeffries" /><ref name="Malcolm">
 
{{cite web
 
| last=Malcolm
 
| first=Jomarie
 
| url=http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/Diggy-Simmons-is-Airborne_8012691
 
| title=Diggy Simmons is Airborne
 
| publisher=''[[The Jamaica Observer]]''
 
| date=October 5, 2010
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
It was preceded by the leak of the song "Oh Yeah!", which featured [[Pharrell Williams]] and [[Lupe Fiasco]].<ref name="OhYeah">
 
{{cite web
 
| url=http://www.rap-up.com/2010/08/21/new-music-diggy-simmons-f-pharrell-lupe-fiasco-oh-yeah/#more-54824
 
| title=New Music: Diggy Simmons f/ Pharrell & Lupe Fiasco – 'Oh Yeah!'
 
| publisher=''[[Rap-Up]]''
 
| date=August 21, 2010
 
| accessdate=September 22, 2011}}</ref>
 
Album track "Great Expectations" was featured that year in a national [[AT&T]] television commercial.<ref name="Jeffries" /><ref name="Johnson">
 
{{cite web
 
| last=Johnson
 
| first=Derryck "Nes"
 
| url=http://www.xxlmag.com/features/2010/11/diggy-%E2%80%9Ci%E2%80%99m-really-trying-to-push-the-bar-with-hip-hop%E2%80%9D/
 
| title=Diggy, 'I’m Really Trying to Push the Bar With Hip-Hop'.
 
| publisher=''[[XXL (magazine)|XXL]]''
 
| date=November 19, 2010
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
Simmons released his third mixtape, "Past Presents Future", in December. The album, hosted by [[DJ Premier]], features [[Sampling (music)|samples]] of songs from the 1980s and 1990s by such artists as Nas, [[A Tribe Called Quest]] and [[Rakim]]. A video was released for the track "[[Shook Ones]]", which samples the [[Mobb Deep]] song of the same name.<ref name="Concepcion">{{cite web
 
| last=Concepcion
 
| first=Mariel
 
| url=http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/948837/diggy-simmons-celebrates-christmas-with-dj-premier-hosted-mixtape
 
| title=Diggy Simmons Celebrates Christmas With DJ Premier-Hosted Mixtape
 
| publisher=''[[Billboard (magazine)|Billboard]]'' ([[Nielsen Company]])
 
| date=December 23, 2010
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
 
Early the next year, Simmons was named one of [[Billboard (magazine)|''Billboard'']]'s "Artists to Watch 2011" and was selected to [[XXL (magazine)|''XXL'']]'s annual [[XXL (magazine)#Top 10 Freshmen|Freshmen]] list.<ref name="Billboard">{{cite web
 
| url=http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/473448/diggy-simmons-artists-to-watch-2011
 
| title=Diggy Simmons: Artists To Watch 2011
 
| publisher=''[[Billboard (magazine)|Billboard]]'' ([[Nielsen Company]])
 
| date=January 24, 2011
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref><ref name="XXL">
 
{{cite web
 
| url=http://www.xxlmag.com/2011-freshman-class/diggy-simmons/
 
| title=''XXL'' 2011 Freshmen Class: Diggy Simmons
 
| publisher=''[[XXL (magazine)|XXL]]''
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
"Click Clack Away", a song featuring [[Bruno Mars]], leaked onto the internet in May. Simmons noted that the track would not be included on his debut studio album, set to be released by the end of the year.<ref name="Ramirez">{{cite web
 
| last=Ramirez
 
| first=Erika
 
| url=http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/471747/press-play-freddie-gibbs-young-jeezy-diggy-simmons-bruno-mars
 
| title=Press Play: Freddie Gibbs, Young Jeezy, Diggy Simmons, Bruno Mars, Solange & More
 
| publisher=''[[Billboard (magazine)|Billboard]]'' ([[Nielsen Company]])
 
| date=May 3, 2011
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref><ref name="Cline">{{cite web
 
| last=Cline
 
| first=Georgette
 
| url=http://www.theboombox.com/2011/09/01/diggy-simmons-wont-use-ghostwriters-talks-new-lp/
 
| title=Diggy Simmons Won't Use Ghostwriters, Talks New LP
 
| publisher=The Boombox ([[AOL]])
 
| date=September 1, 2011
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
He released his first major-label single, "Copy, Paste", soon thereafter.<ref name="Jeffries" /><ref name="Stewart">
 
{{cite web
 
| last=Stewart
 
| first=Allison
 
| url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/singles-file-wu-tang-featuring-rza-diggy-simmonss-copy-paste/2011/05/27/AGvvGyEH_story.html
 
| title=Singles File: Wu-Tang featuring RZA, Diggy Simmons’s ‘Copy, Paste’
 
| publisher=''[[The Washington Post]]''
 
| date=May 30, 2011
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
The song's video was directed by Phil the God, who previously directed Simmons' "Made You Look", "What They Been Waiting For" and "Shook Ones".<ref name="Markman">
 
{{cite web
 
| last=Markman
 
| first=Rob
 
| url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1666578/diggy-simmons-copy-paste.jhtml
 
| title=Diggy Simmons' 'Copy, Paste' Is 'Anthem' For Innovators
 
| publisher=[[MTV]]
 
| date=June 28, 2011
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref><ref name="CopyPasteVideo">
 
{{cite web
 
| url=http://www.rap-up.com/2011/06/30/rap-up-tv-on-set-of-diggy-simmons-copy-paste-video/
 
| title=Rap-Up TV: On Set of Diggy Simmons' 'Copy, Paste' Video
 
| publisher=''[[Rap-Up]]''
 
| date=June 30, 2011
 
| accessdate=September 22, 2011}}</ref>
 
Simmons performed the song during the pre-show for the 2011 [[BET Awards]].<ref name="Thomas">
 
{{cite web
 
| last=Thomas
 
| first=LeVar
 
| url=http://stupiddope.com/2011/06/27/diggy-simmons-2011-bet-awards-performance/
 
| title=Diggy Simmons 2011 BET Awards Performance
 
| publisher=Stupid Dope
 
| date=June 27, 2011
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
"Copy, Paste" peaked at number 29 on the ''Billboard'' [[Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs]] chart in September.<ref name="uschart1">{{cite web|url=http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/r-b-hip-hop-songs?begin=21&order=position|title=Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop songs|work=''[[Billboard (magazine)|Billboard]]''|accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
That month, Simmons released the song "Just Begun" however Simmons tweeted on Twitter it was not going to be on the album.<ref name="Fitzgerald">
 
{{cite web
 
| last=Fitzgenjkj
 
| first=Trent
 
| url=http://popcrush.com/diggy-just-begun/
 
| title=Diggy - 'Just Begun' – Song Review
 
| publisher=PopCrush
 
| date=September 19, 2011
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
Simmons is featured on the singles "Like 'Em All" by [[Jacob Latimore]], "Mrs. Right" by [[Mindless Behavior]] and "[[Yeah Right (song)|Yeah Right]]" by [[Dionne Bromfield]].<ref name="Concepcion" /><ref name="Bylin">{{cite web
 
| last=Bylin
 
| first=Kyle
 
| url=http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/uncharted-territory/469339/uncharted-territory-diggy-simmons-returns-the-knocks-likes-penis-homosexual-this-is-shelton
 
| title=Uncharted Territory: Diggy Simmons Returns, The Knocks Feel 'Sunshine'
 
| publisher=''[[Billboard (magazine)|Billboard]]'' ([[Nielsen Company]])
 
| date=July 7, 2011
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref><ref name="ABC">{{cite web
 
| url=http://www.abc.es/20110829/cultura-musica/abci-nuevo-disco-dionne-bromfield-201108291532.html
 
| title=Lo nuevo de Dionne Bromfield, la protegida musical de Amy Winehouse
 
| publisher=''[[ABC (newspaper)|ABC]]'' (Spain)
 
| date=August 29, 2011
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
"Yeah Right" reached number 36 on the [[UK Singles Chart]] in April 2011.<ref name="ukchart">{{cite web
 
| url=http://www.chartstats.com/release.php?release=50126
 
| title=Chart Stats - Dionne Bromfield - 'Yeah Right' ft Diggy Simmons
 
| publisher=Chart Stats
 
| accessdate=September 22, 2011}}</ref>
 
On October 24, 2011 Diggy released ''"Do It Like You"'' as the second official single from his debut album, [[Unexpected Arrival]] a music video has been released with the song's featured artist Jeremih appearing in the clip. Also on February 24 the song ''"88"'' was released as the third official single. The song features Jadakiss and a viral music video was released for the track.
 
<ref>{{cite web|title=Unexpected Arrival|url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unexpected_Arrival}}</ref>
 
 
Simmons has cited many rappers as his influences including [[Jay-Z]], Nas, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, A Tribe Called Quest and [[Wu-Tang Clan]].<ref name="Johnson" /> He has also expressed an interest in [[alternative rock|alternative music]], including such bands as [[Maroon 5]], [[Passion Pit]] and [[Arctic Monkeys]]. Simmons said, "It’s a genre I would want to try in the future."<ref name="Kyles" />
 
 
Simmons announced that he is releasing his 4th mixtape titled, "Out Of This World" via Twitter on September 17th, 2012 & released a song from the mixtape titled "Fall Down" (featuring Victoria Monet). This is also the song used as a reply to rapper [[J. Cole]]'s recent diss towards Simmons' older sister Vanessa Simmons, Cole's former girlfriend. But, Diggy's father, [[Joseph Simmons]] claimed on [[twitter]], that it was recorded years ago and wasn't a reply to Cole's diss.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.atlnightspots.com/rev-run-vanessa-simmons-tweet-about-j-cole-x-diggy-beef/ |title=Rev. Run & Vanessa Simmons Tweet About J. Cole x Diggy Beef |date=April 1, 2012 |work=ATL Nightspots |accessdate=May 11, 2013}}</ref>
 
 
==Unexpected Arrival==
 
 
Diggy's debut album, [[Unexpected Arrival]] was released on March 20th, 2012, a day before Simmons' 17th birthday. Billboard said it was "easy to find yourself nodding along".<ref>http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/499423/diggy-unexpected-arrival-track-by-track-review</ref>
 
It's sold 40,000 copies as of April of 2012.
 
 
==Touring==
 
 
Simmons has been on 3 tours, 2 of them hosted by Scream Star Entertainment (1 hosted by [[Black Entertainment Television|BET]]). His first tour was BET's [[106 & Park]] "Closer To My Dreams" tour in the summer of 2011 starring [[Tyga]], [[Mindless Behavior]], [[Lil Twist]], [[Jawan Harris]], and [[Trevante]]. His second tour was Scream Tour's Next Generation tour in the fall of 2011 with [[Mindless Behavior]], [[Jacob Latimore]], and The [[New Boyz]] (also opening were The [[OMG Girlz]]). The third was his own "Life of The Jetsetter Tour" in late early 2012 with returning acts Jacob Latimore, The OMG Girlz, and added were Jawan Harris & new hip-hop duo TK-N-Cash.
 
 
In 2012, it was announced that Simmons would once again embark on a tour with Scream Star Entertainment, and got his own headlining spot. The Scream Tour: Next Generation Part 2 begins in late August 2012 with special guests Jawan Harris, The [[OMG Girlz]], TK-N-Cash, YMCMB's Torion, and more.
 
 
==Acting Career==
 
Simmons had a small role in the 2012 comedy [[Parental Guidance (film)|Parental Guidance]] starring [[Billy Crystal]] and [[Bette Midler]], that opened across the United States December 25th, 2012. His part in the movie was cut due to "creative changes". It is unclear if Simmons' part in the movie will appear in a possible extended DVD released version. <ref>http://www.diggyworld.com/news/parental-guidance-update</ref>
 
 
Simmons also landed his own 2-hour TV movie/show pilot on [[Black Entertainment Television|BET]] titled "The Start-Up". Simmons plays Blake, a 19 year old college student & blogger who tries to get his blog of 5+ years up & running with the help of his friends. [[Teyana Taylor]] stars also. This project is due in the Spring of 2013.
 
 
==Clothing line==
 
In 2010, Simmons launched a line of urban [[Sneakers (footwear)|sneakers]] called Chivalrous Culture.{{cn|date=May 2013}} He says he gets inspiration from other artists such as Kanye and Jay-Z <ref name="Jeffries" /> The first shoe model is called the "Hamachi". In a recent interview with Loni Swain, he revealed "Chiv Culture" has been discontinued.<ref name="Complex">{{cite web
 
| last=Elder
 
| first=Brandon
 
| url=http://www.complex.com/sneakers/2011/02/diggy-simmons-launches-sneaker-line-chivalrous-culture
 
| title=Diggy Simmons Launches Sneaker Line: Chivalrous Culture
 
| publisher=''[[Complex (magazine)|Complex]]''
 
| date=February 16, 2011
 
| accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
 
==Discography==
 
{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;"
 
|+ List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
 
! scope="col" rowspan="2" style="width:11em;" | Title
 
! scope="col" rowspan="2" style="width:16em;" | Album details
 
! scope="col" colspan="3" | Peak chart positions
 
|-
 
! scope="col" style="width:3em;font-size:90%;" | [[Billboard 200|US]]
 
! scope="col" style="width:3em;font-size:90%;" | [[Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums|US R&B]]
 
! scope="col" style="width:3em;font-size:90%;"| [[Top Rap Albums|US<br>Rap]]
 
|-
 
! scope="row" | ''[[Unexpected Arrival]]''
 
|
 
* Released: March 20, 2012
 
* Label: [[Atlantic Records|Atlantic]]
 
* Formats: [[Compact Disc|CD]], [[Music download|digital download]]
 
| 13 || 3 || 2
 
|-
 
| colspan="10" style="font-size:90%" | "—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.
 
|}
 
 
;Mixtapes
 
* ''The First Flight'' (2009)
 
* ''Airborne'' (2010)
 
* ''Past Presents Future'' (2010)
 
* ''Out Of This World'' (2013)
 
 
===Singles===
 
{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;" border="1"
 
|+ List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
 
! scope="col" rowspan="2" style="width:16em;" | Title
 
! scope="col" rowspan="2" | Year
 
! scope="col" colspan="3" | Peak chart positions
 
! scope="col" rowspan="2" | Album
 
|-
 
! scope="col" style="width:3em;font-size:90%;" | [[Billboard Hot 100|US]]
 
! scope="col" style="width:3em;font-size:90%;" | [[Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs|US R&B]]
 
! scope="col" style="width:3em;font-size:90%;" | [[Hot Rap Songs|US Rap]]
 
|-
 
! scope="row" | "Copy, Paste"
 
| rowspan="2" | 2011
 
| — || 24 || 21
 
| rowspan="5" | ''Unexpected Arrival''
 
|-
 
! scope="row" | "Do It Like You" <br /><span style="font-size:85%;">(featuring [[Jeremih]])
 
| 80 || 11 || 11
 
|-
 
! scope="row" | "88" <br /><span style="font-size:85%;">(featuring [[Jadakiss]])
 
| rowspan="1" | 2012
 
| — || || —
 
|-
 
! scope="row" | "Two Up"
 
| rowspan="1" | 2012
 
| — || || —
 
|-
 
! scope="row" | "4 Letter Word"
 
| rowspan="1" | 2012
 
| — || 94 || —
 
|-
 
|}
 
 
===As featured artist===
 
{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="text-align:center;" border="1"
 
|+ List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
 
! scope="col" rowspan="2" style="width:18em;" | Title
 
! scope="col" rowspan="2" | Year
 
! scope="col" colspan="3" | Peak chart positions
 
! scope="col" rowspan="2" | Album
 
|-
 
! scope="col" style="width:3em;font-size:90%;" | [[Billboard Hot 100|US]]<br /><ref name="uschart2">{{cite web|url=http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/hot-100?begin=91&order=position|title=Billboard Hot 100|work=''[[Billboard (magazine)|Billboard]]''|accessdate=September 21, 2011}}</ref>
 
! scope="col" style="width:3em;font-size:90%;" | [[Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs|US R&B]]<br /><ref name="uschart2" />
 
! scope="col" style="width:3em;font-size:90%;" | [[UK Singles Chart|UK]]<br />
 
|-
 
! | <span style="font-size:85%;">([[Dionne Bromfield]] featuring Diggy Simmons)
 
| rowspan="2" | 2011
 
| — || — || 36
 
| ''[[Good for the Soul]]''
 
|-
 
! scope="row" | "[[Mrs. Right]]" <br /><span style="font-size:85%;">([[Mindless Behavior]] featuring Diggy Simmons)
 
| 72 || 8 || —
 
| ''[[Number 1 Girl|#1 Girl]]''
 
|-
 
| colspan="14" style="font-size:90%" | "—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.
 
|}
 
 
==See also==
 
*[[Run's House]]
 
 
==Awards and Nominations==
 
[[BET Awards 2011|BET Awards]]
 
*2011: YoungStars Award (Nominated)
 
*'''2012:''' '''YoungStars Award''' '''(won)'''''
 
*2012: Best New Artist (Nominated)
 
 
[[BET Hip Hop Awards]]
 
*2011: Rookie of the Year (Nominated)
 
 
[[NAACP Image Awards]]
 
*'''2012: Outstanding New Artist''' '''(won)'''
 
 
[[Teen Choice Awards]]
 
*2007:Choice TV:Male Reality/Variety Star (Nominated)
 
 
==References==
 
{{Reflist|colwidth=30em}}
 
 
==External links==
 
{{Commons category}}
 
*{{Official website|diggyworld.com}}
 
* {{Twitter|diggy_simmons}}
 
*{{YouTube|u=diggysimmons}}
 
* {{MySpace|diggysimmons}}
 
 
{{Diggy Simmons}}
 
 
{{Authority control|VIAF=232576179}}
 
{{Persondata <!-- Metadata: see [[Wikipedia:Persondata]]. -->
 
| NAME = Simmons, Diggy
 
| ALTERNATIVE NAMES = Diggy
 
| SHORT DESCRIPTION = American rapper
 
| DATE OF BIRTH = March 21, 1995
 
| PLACE OF BIRTH = [[Queens, New York]], [[United States]]
 
 
}}{{DEFAULTSORT:Simmons, Diggy}}
 
[[Category:1995 births]]
 
 
[[Category:All City Chess Club]]
 
[[Category:American hip hop musicians]]
 
[[Category:American fashion designers]]
 
[[Category:Living people]]
 

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{{Infobox musical artist | ]] song of the same name.<ref name="Concepcion">{{cite web