*You got to know and love him on MTV’s “Run’s House.” Now, 15-year-old Diggy Simmons, the son of Rev. Run and Justine Simmons, is carving out his own identity with a new record deal with Atlantic Records. [Scroll down to check him out.]
“It feels great. It’s almost surreal,” he told the New York Daily News Tuesday of his deal, which was signed on Monday – the day after his 15th birthday. “I worked for it all. My dad didn’t shop me around at a label or anything.”
Diggy, born Daniel Simmons, credits using the Internet – specifically, his blog and his Twitter account – for helping to generate buzz over his music.
“The Internet is a great tool to use,” said the teenager, who didn’t have to leave his Bergen County, N.J., home to make music. He met producers online, and they e-mailed tracks for him to flow on. His big break came after he posted a 13-track mixtape, “The First Flight,” on his blog. The digital album was downloaded by more than 100,000 people.
“After the mixtape dropped, it was like a lot of labels were just coming in and wanted to be involved,” Diggy said.