He's just begun his journey. Late last year, the Run-DMC progeny released freestyles on the beats for Drake's "Over" and Nas' "Made You Look," causing the teen rhyme-spitter's profile to increase.
Now, he's been tapped as a top-five MTV News "Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010" finalist.
"Wow, that's huge," Simmons told MTV News' Sway. "That's dope. It's crazy to me. ... I'm at a loss for words. I've grinded and whatnot, but it's been a short amount of time. When I saw [the other 'Hottest Breakthrough' candidates], I was like, 'Eh.' I was excited that I was even put in there. But I didn't necessarily think I would win, because I haven't been grinding as long as some dudes. ... But the fact that I'm top five is huge."
The "Run's House" alum has released one mixtape already, First Flight, and is currently at work on the sequel, Airborne, which he hopes to drop shortly. He's inked a deal with Atlantic Records and is hard at work on his debut album.
The upstart also tweeted his appreciation for the nomination. "Wooow got voted into the top 5 for @mtv's breakthrough MC of 2010!!! #TeamDiggy ya'll are the best man I swear! Thank u :)"
MTV News rolled out the top-five candidates for "Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010" all week — the winner will be revealed on MTV2's "Sucker Free Summit" Sunday at noon!