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Kidsday interviews Diggy Simmons

427) Rapper Diggy Simmons with Kidsday reporters from

427) Rapper Diggy Simmons with Kidsday reporters from Brooklyn, (l) Christina Young, Joelle Wellington and Alex Young. They were backstage at the Best Buy Theater in Manhattan, Nov. 19, 2011. Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly

We met singer Diggy Simmons backstage at the Best Buy Theater recently. He was part of the Scream Tour. He is the son of Rev. Run and nephew of Russell Simmons. If you want to find out even more about Diggy, visit his website:

When did you start rapping?

I started rapping, well I started writing and rapping as well, but I didn't put my music out at that point. It was like in late 2008. I just had a lot that I wanted to express, a lot of experiences and things that I went through. I decided to put it down on paper and start rapping with it.

Has being surrounded by music all your life influenced your decisions?

No, not at all. I really felt this is me and all the things that I do. No, not really.

Behind the music, what is your favorite activity?

I don't know if it's my favorite, it's one of my favorites. I love to go bowling with friends and family.

Who is your favorite rapper and what is your favorite rap album?

That's a good question. One of my favorite rappers would be Kayne West and one of my favorite rap albums, I'll say by him, "Late Registration."

Did you ever think you would like to be anything else besides a rapper?

At first what I really wanted to do and take seriously was get into fashion design. I was really passionate about that. I still want to get into that later in life.

Who teaches you to dance?

When I danced in my one video, "Copy, Paste," there was like choreography that I did with a choreographer named Dave Scott.

Are you going to release an album soon?

Yes. The top of this year, like the first quarter this year . . . in a couple of months.

Would you ever consider entering into other genres?

It could definitely happen in the future. It just depends on where my creativity goes. So definitely possible and if that's where I would want to go I wouldn't be opposed to it because I love taking risks, following my heart in whatever I do.

What is your favorite food?

Everybody in this room probably knows I love burgers.

What is your favorite part about performing?

One of my favorite things about performing is just interacting with the people that go hard for me everyday. Just dedicated to what I do. So being able to connect with them and just give them something intimate and just share a moment just like performing the songs that they love is incredible. That's one of my favorite things.

Your father is one third (Run -DMC) of the greatest rappers ever. With that is there a lot of pressure?

No, pressure and that's kind of like the other question because I really focus on me and the different goals that I want to reach and the different milestones that I want to get to. So no pressure.

Do you write your music about experiences and moments in your life?

Of course, that's what it's all inspired by and that's the reason why I got into making music because there's a lot of things that I just wanted to get off my chest and I just picked up a pen, just started writing one day and it just felt good to get it all out there.

I know that your sisters Vanessa and Angela design shoes. Do they design things for you?

They don't design anything for me but, I came up with like a name for one of their sneakers once. Like we help each other sometimes if we have a need.

When did you first decide that you wanted to be a rapper?

I started writing, started rapping kind of like towards when I started working on my first mixed tape in December 2009. That's when I really decided that I wanted to get serious with it and do it. I feel as though you should do what you love and you should love what you do.

What was the inspiration for the song "Copy, Paste"?

It was just a theme song in an ad for people that are themselves and are innovative and do their own thing. So that's what the song is about.

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