Some anticipate less and attribute his success to nepotism, yet Diggy keeps producing more and living up to the family name, igniting a sold-out crowd Friday night (February 17) during The Life of the Jetsetter Tour’s stop at Manhattan’s Best Buy Theater.
Opening up for the young Simmons were hip-hop soul up-and-comers Jacob Latimore, who collaborated with Diggy for his 2010 single “Like ‘Em All,” and Jawan Harris as well as Disturbing Tha Peace’s rap duo TK-N-Ca$h. Into the bargain, Diggy was not the only performer who is the offspring of a rapper that starred in a reality show. OMG Girlz also helped get the show underway before Diggy hit the stage, and the girl group includes Star, T.I.’s wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle’s daughter. Tiny was a part of the group Xscape and costars in T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle alongside Tip.
While his father Rev Run and other family members watched him from VIP, the 2011 XXL Freshman erupted the audience full of young girls as soon as he got on stage, before even kicking off his set. Diggy, born Daniel Simmons, fired up the turnout even more after beginning with his freestyle to Nas’ “Made You Look,” which he credited on stage as being the song that jumpstarted his career.
Now on his third tour, Diggy, who was sporting shades, black jeans and a royal blue leather jacket, proved he is more than just Rev Run’s middle son and has grown since first seeing him on MTV’s show Run’s House with his stage presence as he stirred up the crowd to scream and clamor repeatedly with tracks like “Do It Like You” from his debut album, Unexpected Arrival, that is scheduled to release March 20th and notable release “Great Expectations” from his 2010 mixtape Airborne.
Copy, Paste—Christopher Minaya