Digga D has unveiled a new single, ‘Energy’, and released the track’s video – you can see it below.
The drill star returns with the song as he continues to drop standalone singles to follow up last April’s mixtape, Noughty by Nature. The Londoner’s third release of its kind, it went straight to number one on the UK albums chart. Since, he’s dropped ‘STFU’, ‘Stay Inside’, ‘Chief Rhys Freestyle’ and the Timal collaboration ‘Frenches’; it’s unclear whether these will appear on a future, longer-form project.
Now, the Ladbroke Grove native is back with ‘Energy’; true to its title, it’s a breezy three-minute earworm that lyrically sees him reflect on his rise to fame, and his defiance in the face of his detractors. Produced by X10 & Hargo, the track arrived yesterday (March 9) along with a video that captures D on holiday in Paris and Barcelona, as well as featuring footage of impromptu meet-ups with fans in central London last month, which were organised via social media.
‘Energy’ is not the first time D has addressed negativity surrounding him; in 2020, the BBC documentary Defending Digga D followed him as he made a triumphant return to the drill scene after serving a 15-month prison sentence for violent disorder. The film won a BAFTA, and, since, he’s gone on to win an AIM Independent Music Award and pick up nominations for MOBO and DJMag Awards.
D’s rise to the top of his genre has come despite him being under a Criminal Behaviour Order that runs until at least 2025, which places draconian restrictions upon him, including needing to give the Metropolitan Police 24 hours notice before releasing new music. Still only 22, he was 17 when he arrived on the scene with a verse on Mixtape Madness’ Next Up? series; in a rare interview with Crack last year, he reflected on how far he’s come.
“Back then, I thought I was a grown man. I was still learning about myself,” he said. “Now you can hear me getting older. You hear the stories change. I’ve grown a lot, as an artist and as a man.”