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Diggy Simmons Says He Was Scared To Release Music For Six Years

By Daryl Nelson
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Diggy Simmons is OCD and trying to be perfect has kept him away from the music scene.


I haven’t released a music project in 6 years. All due to overthinking my ideas, my OCD, being too invested in the unknown and the fear of an uncertain outcome. For years, I let my irrationalities and the negative perceptions of others overcome what I perceived of myself. Wanting control over everything that happens in ones life and picking apart everything about yourself can greatly cripple growth. Life is imperfect and imperfection is what creates greatness. Although this is still a learning process (a strenuous one, that is definitely not linear), I am accepting that it’s cool if I fuck up and not everything has to be perfect. It is what it is!!! Album is completed, first single is on all streaming streaming services + video is out now! “It Is What It Is” Link in bio. Thank you all for waiting for me. ❤️ 📸: @adayliving

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"I haven't released a music project in six years," he wrote on Instagram. "All due to overthinking my ideas, my OCD, being too invested in the unknown and the fear of an uncertain outcome. For years I let my irrationalities and the negative perceptions of others overcome what I perceived of myself."

Simmons, who's the son of Run from Run-D.M.C., just released a new single called "It Is What It Is," and during an interview, he spoke more about his past insecurities. 

"I'm an ultra perfectionist to the point where it pisses people around me off," he admitted. "Like I said, 'It Is What it Is.' That's what I kinda had to say about myself. I can't be anymore [than I am]. I can't worry about what people think 'cause you know, that was a layer of it. Me not living in what I wanted to do ... [Now I'm] able to say, 'It's okay to bump my head. It's okay if it's not perfect.'"

Besides being Run's son, Diggy is also the nephew of Russell Simmons, who may be fleeing the United States to avoid a growing number of sexual assault and rape accusations. Diggy hasn't spoken on any of that yet, he's just talking about his new single, which you can check out below.  

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