A year ago, you would have bet the farm against Reverend Run’s baby boy appearing on a track with Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell. You would have doubled down on him batting cleanup on the track. Yet here we are, a year later, and Diggy Simmons’ rap mojo gaining steam since a random freestyle hipped people to his talent. Since then he’s been building momentum towards the eventual solo project, even signing a major label deal in the process. While I’m sure having an existing spot on a reality TV show with which to promote and his familial lines played a role, he does have legitimate skill. Enough to make it more than a vanity project I don’t know but it’s on display on the track “Oh Yeah!”
The beat is a bit of ramped up trance music infused with double snares and ambient synth and drums in the background rather than front and center. There is a light yet omnipresent chant that permeates the breaks and the periphery of the main stanzas.
Lupe opens the song with a double rhyme scheme that lasts for roughly 8 bars but continues the secondary rhyme scheme for another few. He chooses a rather easy flow that segues into a faster execution further into the verse, dipping once or twice with the double time snares.
Pharell drops an awkward flow abusing the Drake punch line delivery all over the track with a couple corny or malformed analogies and connectors. It’s a far cry from the stellar performance he delivered on Snoop’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” He teeters on the edge of the beat for the duration, occasionally tripping off beat. Skateboard P is wholly absent on this track and that’s a shame.
Diggy chooses to rap to the double snares throughout his verse. There are a few cliché’s “can’t see me/Stevie” type things, and an allusion that he’s so nice we thought Lupe wrote the verse for him. He doesn’t suck by any means, but he aint’ that nice. Once the novelty wears off, sooner or later it will be time to show and prove on the mic. Having Run as his dad opens certain doors. Having Run as his father offers the pressure of measuring up to one of the most important rappers of all time. This song doesn’t answer that questions, but it’s cool enough for a few listens. Enjoy. “Oh Yeah!”
Diggy Simmons Feat. Lupe Fiasco & Pharrell- Oh Yeah! Diggy Oh Yeah (Feat_Pharrell Lupe Fiasco)
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