The Dopest Teenage Rapper: Diggy Simmons Talks Feeling Pressure, Taking Advice, Forming A Super Group & More

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Atlantic Records recording artist Diggy Simmon dropped his debut LP, entitled Unexpected Arrival last week. The disc sold over 21,000 copies in its opening week. Diggy also held an in store-signing at DTLR in DC, to promote the disc. While there, Diggy spoke to TheJasmineBrand about feeling pressure from being in the Simmons family, taking advice, forming a super group with Jay-Z, Kanye & Lupe and choosing his album title. Man, I swear this kid is so dope. Below are some excerpts:

On feeling pressure from being in the Simmons family:

“It’s not pressure for me, honestly. I’m just focused on being my own individual, and that’s how it always was for me. I really took it into my own hands to do my music and to let my talent speak for itself. So it was never any real pressure, because I’m focused on my own goals and reaching my own milestones.”

On why he doesn’t get advice from his celebrity family members and friends:

“I haven’t gotten any advice from those people, because I have a lot of people on my team surrounding me, who are involved. And I do everything with my music. Creatively, I’m involved in every aspect of my project; I’m really particular about the way I’m portrayed. So there’s no advice, it’s just me being me.”

On who he would pick to be in his Super Rap Group:

“I’d pick Jay-Z, Kanye, and Lupe. So that’s like The Throne Plus Two!”

On how he chose his album title:

“Unexpected Arrival came from two things. 1, is when I did the cipher and my mixtape, and my freestyle, and things like that, people were shocked because of where I came from, and because of the show (he’s referring to his younger days, appearing on his father’s reality show, Run’s House, for those who didn’t know). They’d never be expecting what I was doing. 2, it’s also about the way I was before. Sometimes I’d worry about what people would say, and let that determine how I’d be. And I just want people to know that confidence starts inside yourself. A belief in yourself is more important than trying to change the world to like you more. It’s about making the world think you’re special.”

Source: TheJasmineBrand

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