Diggy “Past Presents Future” (Mixtape)

Is Diggy the truth? No…not yet anyways, but we can “dig” him, privileged upbringing, reality TV background and all. Maybe we’re just being hopelessly naive, but contrary to Interweb hater gab, we actually do think the tyke is penning his own rhymes (possibly, and understandably, with some minor aid from Daddy Rev).

Not that we can prove anything, but to us Diggy simply comes across as someone who has spent every second of every day of the past whatever years living and breathing nothing but hip hop, steadily honing his pen and pad skills and heavily indulging in every aspect of the genre’s history, just so he could have a good leg up in defending himself against the expected naysayers who aren’t (and probably will never ever be) convinced.

For the fifteen-year-old’s latest offering, the DJ Premier-hosted mixtape Past Presents Future, Diggy goes unnervingly ambitious, opting to put his own peach-fuzz spin on classic cuts from the likes of Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Eric B. & Rakim and Mobb Deep; however, with the odds stacked (very high) against him, he manages to successfully stay afloat thanks to the clean, increasingly confident poise and impressive mic prowess that has had him turning heads for a minute now.

His “Digg Is Like”, a riff off Nas’ I Am jump-off “Nas Is Like”, doesn’t necessarily hold a candle to the acclaimed original, but it has its brow-raising moments, catching Diggy suavely play on his youth (“In kindergarten I was filling out my tax form/ While my other class mates was learning ‘Jimmy Crack Corn'”) and his wealthier-than-thou lifestyle (“They say you are what you wear/ I am Yves Saint Laurant mixing Martin Margiela”) to rile up those anti-Digg, while sneaking in double-take, rewind worthy gems like “Gotta rap (wrap) like a pita/ Stomp a rat in front of PETA/ When its comes to cooking heaters I’m a baker like Anita”.

Snatch up the track and “Cypher (Continued…)”, an extended take on his work at this past year’s BET Hip Hop Awards, below; the entire mixtape can be picked up at DatPiff.

DL: “Digg Is Like” (alt)

DL: “Cypher (Continued…)” (alt)