Run-DMC's Rev Run Says "Diggy Is His Own Man," Discusses Family Success & Faith

Exclusive: Rev Run says "Diggy is his own man," shares the advice that he's given his family about humility and talks about faith.

After breaking ground with the success of Run-DMC in the 1980s, Rev Run can now see his children succeed. One of his kids, Diggy Simmons, has grown considerably within Hip Hop, earning a deal with Atlantic Records. Diggy has followed in the footsteps of his father, pursuing a career in music that has blossomed over the last few years.

Diggy's fan base has been growing but as Rev Run shared in a recent conversation with HipHopDX, "Diggy is his own man." 

When asked if he has given Diggy a lot of advice or guidance in regards to the Rap world, Rev Run was candid enough to share that he hasn't done much coaching. "No," he confirmed to DX at BMI's "How I Wrote This Song" event. "He just wanted to do things on his own. Diggy is his own man, his own boy, whatever. He's 16 but he knows what he's doing. So, I don't really bother him. I don't think he wants to be bothered." 

Still, Rev Run added that the lessons he has given Diggy can still be carried into music. 

"I'm sure he can pull from lessons anytime he wants," he noted. "He can go in the archives and pull things." 

The family aspirations for success do not stop with Diggy, who will be releasing his Atlantic debut Unexpected Arrival in March. The Simmons' oldest son, Jo Jo, is also pursuing a Rap career. Daughters Angela and Vanessa Simmons are modeling and working with their Pastry line, among other things. With other family members in line to succeed in different avenues, Rev said that the most important lesson he's given his children has been about humility. 

"Just to be humble and to never let nobody pick you up too high or put you down too low. Don't get gassed," he shared, acknowledging that while the love, fame and success can be somewhat overwhelming, one can also get caught up in the negative aspects of recognition. "You can also get caught up in haters. See, they can bother you too. So, don't get caught up in yourself." 

While Run holds a place in Hip Hop history books as a pioneer for his early success within the genre, he also says he has been humbled with time. When asked how he has remained humble, he shared that it has to do with his faith. 

"I think I'm not so much humble; I've been humbled by God," he explained. "So I'm in God's hands. My position is to just be thankful and humble. I have a new found faith. It's not just Run. It's Rev Run. I'm just thankful." 

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  • anonymous

    Do you really think Atlantic is gonna sign rev runs kid, because it's rev runs kid? Bullshit, look at Jojo, his music sucks, and he never got a deal,that's just how it is.. haters.

  • Jojo Simmons

    Ay fuck you lil bro! I'm signed to an indie label that no one has ever heard of, with a group that can all rap better than me! Where's my atlantic deal? or freshman class on the XXL? fuck you! my only lil brother is Russy now! you a bitch man! *sniff* uncle russel had me pickin up dog shit on tv in his office, but he treats you like justin beiber! fuck this family! *sniff* im too gangsta for all ya'll!

  • Y.

    co signin' all the "hate". it's just the true, I don't get, why this feminine 16-year old fukcboy gets articles over articles.

  • Anonymous

    This kid earned everything he's getting..back in my day people we're happy that someone was getting their hustle on and making money. in these day you got people that cant stand for someone else to get money and recognition! Our society is really fucked up.. i wish some of you bitches would just die, the world can do without your worthless comments, better yet your existence! shoot yourself and die bitches............

    • Anonymous

      if that was true wouldn't we have seen jojo in the same position a few years back? but we didn't

    • Anonymous

      no he hasn't. his dad is rev run and his uncle is russel simmons. he had a deal waiting for him. he had a deal before he had a buzz. he has no fans. drop the album already and get him outta here.

  • Anonymous

    Wow this what we come to hating on a kid....smh. This generation of men are straight up sissy.

  • Anonymous

    Rev Run has always come off fake to me. He's more spiritual than religious, and seems fine letting his kids become spoiled, money obsessed brats. You can't tell me the goal he wants for his sons are to be rappers. At least his daughters are doing something, yet it's only a matter of time before they end up on Basketball Wives.

    • Anonymous

      Both of these comments look funny in the light.....

    • Anonymous

      rev run is a fraud. jam master jay and dmc were the real niggas. they just used rev cuz russel simmons faggot ass was his brother. rev runs brother is a satanic homosexual. diggy simmons is a spoiled bitch kid that looks like a girl. wack family. jam master jay and dmc are real cool, they never fucked with run like that. run was getting the big cut from his gay brother.

  • sam uk

    heh, what is this kid going to be writing about, at 16?? and being from a rich as fuck family.. haha.. should fit right into the current scene.

  • 6o

    diggy is a little faggot that wouldn't have a deal if it wasn't for his daddy and his gay ass uncle russ. kid is 100% bitch made and corny as it gets. his music is wack, his fanbase is non existent, and yet, he's getting a strong push and getting forced down ppls throats. far from his own man. little spoiled gay boy rap for gay boys. enjoy.

    • dfds

      Hey Anonymous, do you feel better now?

    • Anonymous

      hatter? hatting? you seem really bright kid. BTW - rev run now looks like a human penis in a church suit. triple chin FTW.

    • Chi

      I'm no fan but what A fucking hatter! What is you doing with your life? Probably Shit, laying on your moms bed in the attic or basement... Stop the hatting and focus on how you going to get out yo moms house!

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