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Diggy Simmons Previews ‘Unexpected Arrival,’ Talks Career, Trayvon Martin & More on Russ Parr

Diggy Simmons 106th and Park January 2012

Diggy Simmons on 106th & Park

Rapper Diggy Simmons, son of hip-hop legend Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons, recently stopped by the Russ Parr Show for a special interview/discussion/belated birthday party with his young female fans.

The rising superstar talked in-depth about his career, being single—and definitely not engaged, plans for touring and more. He also previewed a few songs from his new album Unexpected Arrival.

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain.

We got a chance to hear several new songs from the album including “4 Letter Word,” “88,” and one that blared through my radio alarm this morning entitled, “Unforgivable Blackness,” a socially conscious track that led to a discussion on the murder of Trayvon Martin.

Being so personally interested in this case, I was happy to wake up to hearing what the young emcee had to say:

“I really really think it’s mind-boggling to think that we’re still going through this, but we are,” said Diggy. When asked if he thinks of how Trayvon could have easily been him (or any 17-year-old Black male)—he said, “I actually say that in song I have, ‘What’s Going On,’ I say ‘I’m young and Black, do I frighten you?'”

This gave me chills.

As a fan of Diggy’s since his 2009 mixtape First Flight, becoming more impressed with his maturity and growth on 2010’s Airborne, Unexpected Arrival manages to surpass even the highest expectations—some that Diggy set himself.

Guests on the album include another rap legend, Jadakiss—on the super hype “88”, R&B crooner Tank—on a chill, feel good “Special Occasion,” and Jerimih—on “Do You Like It.” Fans looking to hear “Copy, Paste” on the album will have purchase the deluxe version.

Listen

Listen to Diggy Simmons on Russ Parr March 22, 2012

Connect

Keep up with Diggy on diggyworld.comFacebook and Twitter at @diggy_simmons. Follow the Russ Parr crew at @RussParrShow.