Born Daniel Dwayne Simmons III, he was signed by Atlantic records after releasing his debut mixtape, The First Flight in 2009. He is also the youngest member of the hip-hop crew All City Chess Club.
He appeared on the reality show Run's House, which ran from 2005 to 2009.
He is the son of Joseph Rev Run Simmons, and stated that he doesn't take his family's advice when it comes to his music career. He has six siblings, Angela, Vanessa, Russell II, Miley, Victoria and JoJo.