Dutch-American rapper, Nigel Williams, aka, Digitzz is a young artist overflowing with raw talent! If you like Kendrick Lamar and J.I.D., then there’s no question; you’ll absolutely love Digitzz. Deriving his stage name from a cassette tape brand, with the addition of an extra ‘z’ (with great minds thinking alike, hence the name of the website), Digitzz was formerly a member of the rap collective, Nouveau Riche, and later on in 2013, continued on as a solo artist. Drawing inspiration from artists like Bob Marley, Bootsy Collins, Snoop Dogg, Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G, it is no wonder why his rap-style is so hypnotically infectious. In collaboration with record label, TopNotch, he released his first EP entitled, The Good Stuff, with his debut single, “The Jam”, becoming an instant hit. The music video was watched millions of times on YouTube, sparking much conversation and recognition of his talent. Having heard Digitzz albums and EP’s, with my favorite being EP, DooDoo, I could not resist the opportunity to speak with him. This conversation can be found below:
We’ll start with the most basic of questions: Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Veghel, that’s a small town in the south of The Netherlands.
We moved around a lot so I was raised between two cities, Uden en Nijmegen.
I’m noticing that every famous artist has there own signature sound or saying. Usher has “Yeah man”, Big Sean has “Boy”, Lil’ Wayne has the lighter flicker, and so on. How did you come up with yours?
If you’re talking about the TRRRR… When I was a teenager I made a song about girls shaking ass, and imagined the sound of the ass shaking being TRRRR. My friends started calling me TRRRR every time they see me so it stuck with me.
Similarly, what’s your real name, and how did you come up with Digitzz?
My real name is Nigel Orlando Williams. I came up with Digitzz after hearing the word digits on an old cassette tape my dad had and thought it was a righteous sounding word.
I decided to replace the ’s’ with a ‘zz’ and looked it up on google. I didn’t find anything, so I said next time you search it written like that you’ll find me. It doesn’t mean anything.
Can you remember the first time you wrote or started rapping?
I was in high school and my homey’s older brothers were in a rap group and had videos on the local TV network and radio stations, and to us that seemed like they were the most poppin’ thing on earth, so whenever they would rehearse their shows in a club around from our school we would go there and take the mic. and fug around with it.
Then they started encouraging us to form a lil’ rap group, and we would then sometimes hop on stage when they had a show, and I remember we recorded our first song with the voice recorder on a mp3 player.
You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?
I do write and record all of my own music and I think I mostly get inspired from just going through the motions, and everyday life. My favorite part about the process would be recording. I like to shut the blinds, turn up the heater, get some vaaab lighting in there and a couple good ones rolled up, and then be in there going off, just forgetting time and everything else around me.
“Jibber Jabber” and “Old Enuf” are two of my favorite songs. What are yours and which was the funnest to write?
My favorite song by me would be “The Jam” still, simply because i wrote the base to that song when i was about 19 and i always told myself and everybody around me, I don’t know what its gonna do but its gonna do something good for me. And there’s a couple I haven’t released yet that are going up there with “The Jam” .. remember the title “Lil Nig”. The funnest ones to write are the ones I don’t sit and think about, the ones that just happen like that.
Who are your biggest writing influences, and who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
It’s always hard for me to answer that question but i grew up listening to Snoop Dogg and a lot of Lil Wayne, and they’re the ones that really got me into Rap and made me wanna make these tunes. I would wanna work with a too long list of people to write down here but one that’s always on top of the list no matter which day you ask me this would be Pharrell.
For our readers who have yet to hear your music, explain your sound in 5 words:
And whole lotta muhfuggin Vaaab
If I was to go through your playlist right now, what five artists or songs would I see on your recently played list?
Random question for the fans: Marvel or DC?
[Laughs] I don’t know, bruh. I was always into Looney Tunes and South Park as a kid, but if i had to choose a superhero, it would be Superman, because he can fly and light up stuff with his eyes, that’s all I need to know.
I’m into cartoons though. I be drawing a little some-some here and there now and then.
How do you feel about signing to labels? Do you lean towards it or against it, like Chance the Rapper?
I’ve personally never signed an artist deal in my life. I’ve only worked with labels through license deals up to this point. There are pros and cons to signing, but at the end of the day, I believe being independent and owning all of your rights is the way to go.
Are there any plans for new singles, live shows, or an EP on the way? What’s next for Digitzz?
I am planning to start touring again with Dj Odin, and we’re trying to cross these borders!
In the beginning of 2019 I’m dropping OHMYFRO , a full project of tunes I’ve been working on for the past months. Lets talk again when its all out there.