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Diggy Simmons is already a celebrity as a result of his famous father, Rev Run, but the teen rapper has hopes of becoming a bona fide star in his own right through his music
He's just begun his journey. Late last year, the Run-DMC
progeny released freestyles on the beats for Drake's "Over"
and Nas' "Made U Look
," causing the teen rhyme-spitter's profile to increase.
Now, he's been tapped as a top-five MTV News "Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010
"Wow, that's huge
," Simmons told MTV News' Sway
. "That's dope. It's crazy to me. ... I'm at a loss for words. I've grinded and whatnot, but it's been a short amount of time. When I saw [the other 'Hottest Breakthrough' candidates], I was like, 'Eh.' I was excited that I was even put in there. But I didn't necessarily think I would win, because I haven't been grinding as long as some dudes. ... But the fact that I'm top five is huge
The "Run's House
" alum has released one mixtape already, First Flight
, and is currently at work on the sequel, Airborne, which he hopes to drop shortly. He's inked a deal with Atlantic Records
and is hard at work on his debut album.
The upstart also tweeted his appreciation for the nomination. "Wooow got voted into the top 5 for @mtv's breakthrough MC of 2010!!! #TeamDiggy ya'll are the best man I swear! Thank u :)
Other MC's that made the top five are Nicki Minaj, Travis Porter, J. Cole and Wiz Khalifa.