Diggy Simmons Compares Jay Z & Kanye West To Run-DMC

Diggy Simmons says, "It's cool when you see people do it now," referring to the back-and-forth rhyme style Run-DMC employed during its peak.

One of Rev Run’s sons, Diggy Simmons named several of his favorite Run-DMC songs.

"'Rock Box' is one of my favorites,” Diggy Simmons says during an interview with XXL, which is tied to the 30-year anniversary of the release of Run-DMC's self-titled debut album. “It’s just amazing. [Rev Run], he'll tell me stories about it, being in the studio with Rick Rubin and all those guys, being in there and adding their own pieces and everything. 'Mary Mary' is a favorite. 'Peter Piper,' the way him and DMC go back and forth on stage. That's just a moment. When they go back and forth it's so cool, and it just shows showmanship, that it's more than just going on stage and rocking in front of a recording. It's about giving people entertainment and a good time.”

Diggy Simmons says he enjoys hearing other rappers employ the type of back-and-forth rhyme style Run-DMC often included in their music and stage show.

"We probably saw a little bit on Watch The Throne, with Jay Z and Kanye [West] going back-and-forth,” he says. "It's cool when you see people do it now, and you got to see where it came from, where it popped up."

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32 Comments

  • kanye west

    hold on diggy imma let you finish but eric b and rakim had the best back and forth off all time!!!............. or was it ghostface and raekwon?..... fuck it me and jay had the best back and forth of all time!!

  • Anonymous

    "Actually he can since there is edited versions you can buy of the album" Nobody human buys edited versions of rap albums.

  • Anonymous

    Run, can you toughen this boy up, please? You're failing. The boy looks sweeter than a extra large jug of Kool Aid

  • Anonymous

    Heltah Skeltah, Jadakiss and Styles are better at doing routines than Jay z and Kanye, but none are better than Run DMC.

    • @Anonymous 2

      I was only talking about the back and forth verses that's known as a routine, sorry you felt sad about what I said, blame it on your remedial reading skills, and I'm gonna tell your boss you stopped sweeping to comment on this too.

    • What?

      What are you going on about better he didn't say they were better if you know how to read he said that they were doing the same style that's it.

    • Anonymous

      Lox are not better than Kanye and Jay-z together not even close. Just cause they are not commerical doesn't mean they are better. Heltah Skeltah is good but they are also not better they have done nothing to prove why they are better. Both Kanye and Jay-z have classic line etch in hip hop history thata lot of people would know and remember The Lox don't and neither do Heltak Skeltah, So you have your opinion and he has his.

  • rubbing my genitals in the fur of your pets

    why the fuck do i care about this lil sweet nigga's bitch made statements?

  • Anonymous

    Run DMC can only be compared to wayne, who's a far better rockstar than these idiots. They ruined hiphop and rock.

  • Anonymous

    Jo Jo told XXL Mastermind is the best album ever made.

  • Anonymous

    Diggy is lying. Rev Run wouldn't let him listen to WTT because it had a parental advisory sticker.

  • Anonymous

    you can literally compare anyone with anyone if you want so you cant be mad at the kid

    • Anonymous

      Thank You people on here act as if they are the only ones that can have opinions. The funny thing is, Is that all these people run their mouths but would be the same mother fuckers running to take pictures if they seen them.

  • Me

    Fuck diggy and his daddy, your family tree is responsible for destroying Hip-Hop.. Ask Uncle Russ why he threatened LL Cool J and Yo Daddy if they showed up to the stop the violence video..

  • tha OG

    Fuck diggy spoild lil bitch he dont know hip hop

    • WTF

      Still raps better and has more money and hotter bitches than you. So I doubt highly he cares what some no name puts in a comment section.

  • anonymous

    How can you compare jay-z and kanye to run dmc if you werent even around to see run dmc at their prime actually you werent even around when they had died out you werent around to ever actually see them in the hip hop game all you heard was stories SO JUS STFU U SPOILED LIL BITCH JUS BE HAPPY REV RUN IS YA FATHER N U GOT MONEY CAUSE OF HIM DONT TRY TO DROP KNOWLEDGE OR TELL NIGGAS HOW THE GAME IS YOUR SPOILED ASS DONT KNO NOTHING!!!!!!!! THATS WHY J COLE WAS FUCKING YOUR SISTER IN ST. JOHNS WITHOUT SELLING A SINGLE CD BEFORE HE EVEN GOT FAMOUS SHE WAS JUS TIRED OF HEARING SPOILED LIL BITCHES LIKE HER LITTLE BROTHERS TALKIN SHIT ALL DAY LMFAO LMFAO

  • mac DIESEL

    I SHOULD SMACK THIS BEIGE LIL SHIT!!!! THERES NO COMPARISON!!!! NO WAY IN HELL YOU CAN COMPARE THE TWO!!!! THIS IS WHY I CAN'T STAND THESE NEW LIL NIGGAS!!!! THE HAVE NO FUCKIN CLUE!!!! THEY SHOULD STUDY THE HISTORY BEFORE RUNNIN THEIR FUCKIN' MOUTHS!!!! FUCKIN' SIMPS!!!! DON'T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

    • mac DIESEL

      WELL SHIT I CAN'T HELP MYSELF!! I GOT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND READING BULLSHIT LIKE THIS MAKES IT EVEN WORSE! PLUS I'M EATING A GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH AND ADDED A CUP OF SALT TO IT!!! DAMN IT MAN, I THINK I'M HAVING A STROKE!!! I DON'T...I CAN'T FEEL THE LEFT SIDE OF MY BODY FOR SOME STRANGE REASON...OH, SHIT!

    • Anonymous

      Says who?? you want to smack a kid because he said their "STYLES" where similar and not them personally. That's the problem with you hot headed gangster out there you don't know how to read and understand things properly you wyle out and look like a fool. Secondly jay-z and Kanye are both Icons and Legends in hiphop and have been dpoing it for years. And finally since you want to be a dick about it Jay-z has sold More albums and has had more hits on the Charts than RUN DMC.

    • pewpew

      you my friend are a fucking twat

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