March 24th, 2010
03:12 PM ET

Rev. Run's son gets a record deal

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Clearly the rap gene runs in the Simmons family.

Daniel “Diggy” Simmons, son of Run-DMC co-founder Joseph “Rev. Run.” Simmons has landed himself a record deal.

The 15-year-old signed with Atlantic Records a day after his birthday and told the New York Daily News that he scored the contract on his own.

"I worked for it all,” the younger Simmons told the paper. “My dad didn't shop me around at a label or anything."

Diggy, his parents and siblings were the stars of the hit MTV show “Run’s House.” His uncle is music and fashion impresario Russell Simmons.

The aspiring rapper used the Internet to create buzz for his rhymes and his sister took to the Web to blast critics who she believes have been trying to stir trouble between Diggy and their older brother JoJo who is also an aspiring musician. reported that after some tweeps took to Twitter to tease JoJo about his lack of success in the industry, sister Angela expressed her displeasure.

“People need to stop trying to create a competition between my siblings,” the site reported she said. “Trust me if one of us make it we are all happy.”

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Lolo.xx

    Hey Runs' out there. I luv watching your show and you are all so funny.
    Luv all

    March 28, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tonya L Grant

    I hear you sister!!!! I believe that people who try to tear other people family apart don't value their own! You guys just keep doing what your doing and things will work out for each of you.

    March 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marla

    I am just impressed by the fact that he got his deal with out his uncle or Father!! U GO BOY!!! he will more then likely BLOW UP and be bigger then anyone in his family. BUT i think out of all the Simmions Children Russell Jr is the one to Watch!

    March 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jl

    Good Luck Dingy!!!!

    March 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Str8 Outta Tx

    2 b real...
    many people consider me very talented. i think im pretty good too. you cant expect me to believe he got the contract all on his own. rev had some influence.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    Yes his dad didn't shop him around. Because everyone already knew who he was so he didn't need to bother.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Crystal

    Congratulations Diggy! – Much success on your record deal.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hilton

    Ojays / eddie Levert are great and Gerald Levert was the bomb

    March 25, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. BiastOne

    I don't doubt that he may have talent, but what could he possibly rap about? More than likely he will churn out the same bubblegum rap as Lil Bow Wow and Kris Kross did in their earlier years. Idea: a remake of KK's "I Missed The Bus (But I Got A Ride In My Dad's Limo Arriving Early So I Got A Latte In the School Cafeteria)" I know, a bit longwinded, but the remix will be slamming!

    March 25, 2010 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    I am happy for diggy. I'm proud of him!

    March 25, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. M.

    Diggy, My husband and I watched your family's show all the time, I think you are great!!, Congratulations!! Keep positive, May God Bless you and your family and future endeavors in your career!!.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jon G

    wow. all it takes to get signed these days is to be the son of a music industry insider (and former hip-hop star), and have your own reality show. at one time, i think it required something called talent. i hope the music industry's march to nothingness picks up the pace. long live underground hip-hop, and worthwhile music in general.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Candice Bennett

    You go Diggy! Keep your head up and a big smile on your face. Atlantic Records will take care of you. (I used to work for WMG/WEA) Follow your dreams and the rest will come naturally .

    March 25, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. cecil

    look @ all you haters calling this gonna be.... have some faith in a youngster and appreciate the talent pool. ya'll know you ain't got none. sorry to those that actually have a record deal. I wasnt speaking to you. but you go on then little man. im sure your family is proud! dont listen to these haters. hold your head up.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. h

    lol. r u serious? i predict first album sales of around 12,000. once i read this i checked out some songs he had online. his flow is weak. lyrics even weaker. he sounds like a female rapper. kind of like da brat without the skills. hey may sell 20,000 since his dad will buy the first 10,000. str8 garbage. jojo sux too. i liked run dmc back in the day but runs lyrics are garbage too. hip hop is dead cuz real mc's arent heard or get deals but these 2 cornballs get deals. its a joke.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Working Mom

    I dont get it, didnt they live in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in NJ and he went to private schools. Is going to college not done by celebrity kids. I am wondering how many of his classmates are getting record deals.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  17. OCNative99

    he is a child with talent, or some believe. Do not criticize or judge. You don't have to like his music, but my Mother taught me..IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY DON'T SAY IT AT ALL.
    I person love Run DMC and Run's house. I think they are a shinining example of how you can make it and still have morals. Yes we all make mistakes, I'm not saying they are perfect but they are obviously a family who love and support one another. Go Diggy!!!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  18. asa

    he should be in school trying to educate himself... i wish his parents would encourage that. he maybe talented, i just want him to have something more, but wish you all the best. best wishes diggs!

    March 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jay C

    At 1st I was like WTF but I heard his demo songs on youtube and the boy is legit. search for diggy simmons first flight and checkout truth of me and make you mine, those 2 songs r guaranteed hits specially considering the crap thats out now. PS Jojo sucks!

    March 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Bgirl Sweetfeet

    I hope he gives us some real hip hop like his father instead of the garbage that plays on the radio. We need more youth to have hobbies like music and be creative outside the corporate box.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |

    stay prayed up diggy listen to your sisters you win your hole fam wins GOD has truly blessed your family THANKS REV. RUN for getting saved you have been my idle from the time you started rapping i never missed a show when you came to bay area i live in hawaii run my own soulfood restaurant and love GOD thanks bro GOD BLESSED you and your fam c .c.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  22. jose luis

    well done Diggy i hope all your dreams come the way you want it to.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Tara Harriel

    First of all this is a baby and a young man that could be doing alot of negative things. I think its great what he has accomplished at 15. I wish some 15 year olds in my area would follow his lead so instead of bashng him with negative remarks and comments, praise this young man and wish him the best in his future endeavors. I havent heard him rap or nuthin but Im proud of him as a parent. Go Diggy!!!!!

    March 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |


    March 24, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  25. lilolme

    For the haters that are claiming Diggy will flop, apparently you have never heard him rhyme cause the baby has serious skills. Look him up on YouTube!!

    March 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Patricia

    Do your thing, Diggy! Always believe in yourself.

    March 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Devine

    This child is not ready

    March 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Head Diva In Charge

    Well, good luck tiny boy.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Brittany

    BS his dad didn't shop him! You can't tell me that being Rev Run's son had NOTHING to do with it. Total crap.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Bob Loblaw

    People still listen to rap?

    March 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  31. nik

    may u have much sucess.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Joe Mama

    I think diggy will do fine esp with his dad's help

    March 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Edwina Lee Tyler

    diggy congrations never mine what people say the one's that are for you those are the one's you hear, the one's that are not thay are just heating. and it's all about your familyand sticking together
    peace and blessings to you and your family and your record deal

    March 24, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  34. P-Dub

    He'll probably flop....look at all the Great's children...they don't do too well. RUN-DMC is the best!

    March 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Sharon

    I am proud of you. I watched the show and you and your family are blessed with talent. Good Luck

    March 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Shannon

    How do you know Diana? Are you his manager and lyric writer? NO!!! Leave him alone...

    March 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Moche

    GO DIGGY!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS.. I think you and your family are great and may our LORD be with you.

    March 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Diana

    This will be a flop.

    March 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |

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