- Reverend Run's family picture.
Diggy Simmons, the 17-year-old son of well-known musician and practicing minister Rev. Run, created a song to defend his family against alleged verbal attacks by the protege of rapper Jay-Z, J. Cole.
Cole, 27, released a song titled "Purple Rain" in 2010, where he spoke about having an affair with a "good girl" whose "father was a preacher." After speculation caused some to believe Cole was referring to Vanessa Simmons, he released a song two years later called "Grew Up Fast." In the record, Cole seemingly belittled the 17-year-old Simmons brother and rapper.
"You (expletive) is not Russell, you more Diggy / Me? I'm more Biggie." J. Cole rhymed. "No diss to the young boy/ I'm just rapping, get bored quickly."
Although Cole seemed to be rhyming in jest, Simmons released a song called "What You Say to Me," on April Fools' Day.
"The other day I was listening to 'Purple Rain'/ Couldn't believe all of the things I heard him say," Diggy raps on the song. "Heard you lying on my sis, tellin' people that you hit/ When ya album drops, I'ma hit you with your brick/ So I'ma bomb first on you since you wanna riff."
However, after the song was released some fans questioned if it was nothing more than publicity for low album sales.
"So Diggy Simmons only sold 20,000 units in the first week and all of a sudden a J. Cole diss record comes out," one spectator tweeted.
Another questioned if Simmons could withstand a verbal battle with Cole and seemed surprised at the attempt made by the preacher's son.
"Rev Run's son, Diggy? Dissing J.Cole," the fan questioned. "I'm sorry Diggy but that's career suicide."
However, Rev. Run took to his own Twitter account in order to defend his son.
"J Cole puts out two records dissing (our) family and Diggy and nobody cared," Run tweeted. "Someone leaks an old Diggy record and there's a problem?"