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On paper, the prospect of an album from Diggy Simmons – the son of Rev. Run – seems like a big “no thank you”. Good looking kid rapper? Check. Born into money? Check. Skills…? Skills..? SKILLS??? Yes…..check. Yes, Run raised him right, as the young emcee definitely holds his own, as he first caught our attention two years back when he freestyled over Nas’ “Made You Look” on YouTube. But in today’s era of MTV reality shows and overnight success stories, how does Diggy’s debut, Unexpected Arrival fare?


Unfortunately, Diggy had a rough entry out the gate, with a lackluster first week in sales – still with under 50,000 copies sold to date – making him no Justin Beiber at the Billboard box office. It’s clear that bigger things were expected for young Diggy’s career, as much of the album presents him in a much softer light than presented on the mixtape scene. The album does start off on a more raw tip, with the grungy “Hello World” acting as a fitting introduction to the promising new emcee, or the abrasive “88″ with Jadakiss, which bangs with reckless abandon.


Midway through, the album ventures in more soulful territory, on tracks like “Two Up” or “Unforgivable Blackness”, both honest attempts at making music with substance. However as the album progresses, things get more syrupy, such as on “Special Occasion” – a dope track despite Tank’s overcooked hook – or “Glow In The Dark”, which suffers the same fate. The extended metaphor love-song “4 Letter Word” doesn’t achieve it’s desired effect, and by the time the otherwise tolerable “Do It Like You” (feat. Jeremih) hits, the album has already assaulted the listener with too many R&B hooks.


Judging from his single, Diggy wants to “bring ’88 back”, so to speak, but it’s clear he also wants to be some kind of teen heartthrob. Unexpected Arrival is overall an honest LP and a fair effort, but it’s clear that Diggy is still young, trying to find his identity. Despite a rocky debut, we expect good things from him in the future.

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9 Responses to "Diggy – “Unexpected Arrival” – @@@ (Review)"
  • Mitch 3K says:

    I wouldnt go so far as to say “SKILLS SKILLS SKILLS!!!”

    lol, dude is nothing special, I think people overrate his “Skills” because of who he is, on some “HOLY SHIT THIS SPOILED RICH BRAT ACTUALLY ISNT AS AWFUL AS I EXPECTED!!!” type shit, but he still aint all that good either, he’s passable

    His album sucks tho, sounds like he threw it together in 5 miuntes after taking a “2012 radio rap demographics” class , dude has no style to call his own, being a dope artist requires more then just rhyming words together, he’s not doing anything on this album you cant get from Drake, J Cole or countless others

    Admittedly tho, I might be kind of bias, it annoys me that a kid born in 1995 would have the guts to say he’s bringing 88 back, you dont see rock musicians, even the good ones, saying “I’m 22 years old and I’m bring 1969 back!!!”, you cant bring back summin you were never a part of to begin with, that shit is just trying to hard

  • Chad says:

    This kid’ll grow on people. On a side note: how can you guys call yourself hiphopsite.com & completely ignore Apollo Brown & O.C.?

  • Dayz says:

    the Trophies LP hasn’t left the deck yet! It is so choice! O.C. came off like it was 94 again! It embodies everything that I think a Hip Hop LP SHOULD sound like… Dope beats, creative lyrics, pass on a guest list and create an LP not a loose collection of random songs… It is an instant Classic in my book!

  • Model Citizen says:

    Not to much to say about the Diggy album, I’ve never heard a verse from dude and I’m sure I’ll never hear anything off of this either. If we’re gonna randomly talk “Trophies” here though, yeah very dope lp. I read that O.C. said he wrote the whole album in like two weeks and I think it does show in some areas where rhyme schemes could have been tightened up a little more, but whatever. I actually wouldn’t have minded just a few guests to break things up either but that’s just nit picking. Over all, definitely a contender for album of the year.

  • Dayz says:

    @Model Citizen I wish there was an open thread section on HHS so we could bring up our own topics… Looking in your direction @Pizzo! I think everyone here has a lot of good to bring to the table as far as opinions, news, reviews, or bringing new artists and/or songs to the table… HHS think about it please! …News in my world: Rakim is performing at a bar, Mojo on the Main, two miles from my house this Saturday night with my boys the 49ers and Gentle Jones (look these cats up, locally known and internationally respected). Whoa!!! Rakim coming to my backyard in Delaware, nice! Can’t wait to meet Ra! Seen him live but haven’t got to met him, this Saturday is gonna be awesome! Anyways until we get a forum/thread section I am rambling on this thread…

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