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Diggy Simmons talks new single and how Rev. Run always throws out gems of advice

‘It Is What It Is’ serves us a Simmons who is all grown up


More than a decade has passed since MTV’s hit reality show Run’s House debuted and the world met a young Diggy Simmons. The show tracked legendary rapper Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons of Run-D.M.C. and his family. Diggy Simmons was just a kid, but now at 23 is grown-ish and loving every second of this new wave of maturity.

Finding his own voice and doing it his way, he has nonetheless followed in his father’s footsteps in the music world, releasing several mixtapes and his debut album Unexpected Arrival, featuring his latest single “It Is What It Is.”

Diggy uses the song to shed light on the process of acceptance.

“A lot of people my age are still figuring that out,” Diggy Simmons said. “Sometimes you just gotta remind yourself, it is what it is.”

Simmons has also been spotlighted modeling for Dolce & Gabbana and acting in Freeform’s Grown-ish alongside Yara Shahidi and Chloe x Halle.

Simmons chopped it up with The Undefeated about the inspiration behind his new single, the moments he feels most grown-ish and the best advice he’s received from his father outside of his unsolicited dating advice.

What’s the inspiration behind your new single, “It Is What It Is”?

It’s me saying life is what it is, and you have to take things for what they are. You can’t believe that you have more control than you really do. You just have to make use of the cards you’re dealt to get what you want.

How have you overcome the pressures of being son to legendary rapper Rev. Run?

With my brothers and sisters, he’s always encouraged us to be ourselves. So with me going into music, it wasn’t a pressure just because my dad is an artist. I have my own way that I’m going about it that I’m really comfortable with.

What’s the best advice your father has given you?
He’s constantly throwing out gems, but one of the greatest gems he’s taught me wraps into the single, “It Is What It Is.” You can’t focus too much on what other people are doing. You have to be thankful for what’s yours and live in your moment and the present without the anxieties of what may or may not happen. Just embrace what’s yours.

Who’s your favorite athlete?

LeBron James. I love his style of play, aggression, ability to make his teammates and his community better.

Is he better than Michael Jordan?

Now that’s a whole different conversation … MJ is the GOAT, but LeBron is incredible too.

When do you feel most grown-ish?

I’m 23, and that’s still weird to say, but truthfully, when I’m in my car running errands and getting stuff done.

What album will forever be a classic?

I’m always listening to older stuff from the ’90s. I’d have to say Nas’ Nasir.

How do you stay woke?

Knowing that you’re not woke, and always learning and listening to others’ perspective and experiences that are outside your own.

Where does your courage come from?

Recently, it’s come from experiences. I’ve realized that fear is a state of mind and you have to live every day strong in the mind to make your dreams come true.

Who’s your favorite superhero?

T’Challa, you already know. Wakanda forever.

What’s your favorite late-night run?

I live in Jersey, so nothing is open late around there except for diners, where I can get whatever I’m craving in the moment. But if I’m in the city, I use Postmates.

What’s the last show you’ve binge-watched?

I just finished season one of Westworld.

Where do you find new music?

From my friends, riding in the car just listening to the radio and looking through different playlists on streaming services.

Gianina Thompson is a contributing writer for The Undefeated. Since grabbing kicks for Allen Iverson back when she was a 16-year-old Foot Locker sales associate, being part of how sports meshes with entertainment and impacts culture has been a driving force for her ever since.