Searching For The Perfect Remix: Diamond D

Diamond D was never too heavily involved in the remix game, but in the early days he cashed some checks where he could, and the was able to lend his sound to some otherwise forgettable groups like the Private Investigators and The A.T.E.E.M. His work for Brand Nubian and Ras Kass, however? Effin’ incredible. Welcome to what I like to call the classic ‘two-horse race’.

Brand Nubian feat. Diamond D – ‘Punks Jump Up To Get Beatdown’ [Remix]

Ras Kass – ‘Soul On Ice’ [Remix]

Cypress Hill – ‘When The Ship Goes Down’ [Diamond D Remix]

Illegal – ‘We Getz Busy’ [Rowdy Main Mix]

Justice System- ‘Dedicated To Bambaataa’ [Diamond D Remix]

KRS-One- ‘Ah Yeah’ [Diamond D Remix]

Leaders Of The New School – ‘Classic Material’ [Diamond D Remix]

Outkast- ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’ [Diamond Remix]

What Is Diamond's Best Remix?

  • Ras Kass - ‘Soul On Ice’ [Remix] (52%, 124 Votes)
  • Brand Nubian feat. Diamond D - ‘Punks Jump Up To Get Beatdown’ [Remix] (22%, 53 Votes)
  • Outkast- ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’ [Diamond Remix] (7%, 17 Votes)
  • Leaders Of The New School - ‘Classic Material’ [Diamond D Remix] (6%, 14 Votes)
  • KRS-One- ‘Ah Yeah’ [Diamond D Remix] (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Illegal - ‘We Getz Busy’ [Rowdy Main Mix] (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Justice System- ‘Dedicated To Bambaataa’ [Diamond D Remix] (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Cypress Hill - ‘When The Ship Goes Down’ [Diamond D Remix] (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 237

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Pretty obvious.

Comment by haroon 08.12.10 @

I’m goin for the Ras Kass joint.

Comment by The Funkologist 08.12.10 @

hands down

Comment by Sam 08.12.10 @

It’s missin’ the Next Level remix tho, that was some classic sh-t too.

Comment by The Funkologist 08.12.10 @

Correct: I peeped the credits and E Swift actually did it.

Comment by The Funkologist 08.12.10 @

I would love that Ah Yeah remix if it wasn’t censored. I Gotta go with Brand Nubian.

Comment by crusher 08.12.10 @

No question,the Rass joint was Diamond’s best rmx.Probably Rass best joint,period imo

Comment by dj blendz 08.12.10 @

“punks” would be the obvious. only the original never really got any burn so people take the remix as if it is was the original. soul on ice was pretty dope, but’s basically a whole new song, not just the same vocals with a different beat. the illegal joint is pretty dope too. i don’t remember this back in the days, but the the album version was banging. diamon d also had a couple of heaters on that album too. and since funkologist mentioned the liks, i think “let it all out” on the coast II coast would qualify as a remix, would it? btw, you giving props to all these producers. what’s up with an erick sermon tribute?

Comment by Jus Dafax 08.12.10 @

Much prefer the original mix of “Punks Jump Up…” so I’ll opt for the Ras Kass remix which is just incredible

Comment by don king 08.12.10 @

Ras Kass – ‘Soul On Ice’ [Remix]

^Do you really need to ask?

Comment by hl 08.12.10 @

Playin’ the game of life…

Soul On Ice.

Comment by A'Peks 08.12.10 @

Soul On Ice

Comment by BK's Finest 08.12.10 @

Rainy Dayz Remix ?? or did he coproduce with mr dalvin?

my vote goes to the waterproof

Comment by dolo 08.12.10 @

The original Punks def was in heavy rotation over here…gotta go with Ras Kass

Comment by keatso 08.12.10 @

da mally g and hershey loc joint.

Comment by swordfish 08.13.10 @

What about ‘Slapping Suckas Silly’ by Yagfu Front. Diamond killed it on that one.

Comment by Downstroke 08.13.10 @

Soul On Ice takes the crown but you forgot a real live banger: Diamond’s remix of House Of Pain’s “Word Is Bond” from their second album. Diamond and Everlast went in on it.

Comment by oskamadison 08.13.10 @

Soul on Ice for Axelrod sample, although the beat for Dedication for Bambaataa is heavy!!!

Comment by M.Turn 08.13.10 @

Oh yeah, Oskamadison you got a good point..that Word is Bond remix is definitely a crazy banger…I remember hearing Red Alert play that on the radio and I got amped up immediately…had to go on a hunt for the CD single but unfortunately it took me a few weeks to find it back then with no Internets to help me.

Comment by crusher 08.13.10 @

You’re right Robbie, Diamond has a ton of “cash a check” remixes from 1992 – 1995.

Comment by Scott 08.13.10 @

What about the remix of Tennese Diamond did for Arrested Development? It was simple loop of Busy B’s Suicide, but he made the song hot.

Comment by Reese 08.14.10 @

Show did the ‘Tennesse’ remix…

Comment by Robbie 08.14.10 @

The Punks Jump Up remix was dope but credit also gotta go to the Ras Kass joint and Word Is Bond with House Of Pain too. I’m sure there are a couple of others that haven’t been included. Also that sci-fi type sample for When The Ship Goes Down remix was a real find – exactly what DITC is all about!!

Comment by Big Braveheart 08.14.10 @

suggestions for the next polls: Lord Finesse and Salaam Remi.

Comment by boogs 08.14.10 @

The Ras joint definitely. The original Punks version was a lot better.

Comment by BIGSPICE 08.15.10 @

Ras … a remix that improved on the original track in a maaaaaaajor way!!!

Comment by Brock 08.15.10 @


Comment by Tom Dice 08.15.10 @

Just a question – I’ve been voting in all these and I wanna know – when can we see the results of all these ‘remix’ polls?

Comment by djbosscrewwrecka 08.15.10 @

Robbie, is the plan to put the winner from each producer up against each other in the final round, or what? ‘Cause putting the SD50’s up against Pete Rock or whoever is kind of asinine…but it should be interesting with the three “heavy hitters”…

Comment by vollsticks 08.15.10 @

“These soliloquies explain our people’s lack of stability,
You keepin it real, but ain’t got a clue what reality really be..”

Comment by Hams 08.16.10 @

Ras Kass – ‘Soul On Ice’ [Remix]

No question.

Comment by Jaz 08.17.10 @

in my not-so-humble opinion the only noteworthy Diamond remix on this list is Brand Nubes joint. That shit is classic and incredible. The rest of these tracks are just so-so. At least compared to shit like the House of Pain Word is Bond remix. But as far as Diamond’s sound went, it was limited at best and never grew to the point that no one is even checking for his recent music. Too bad he couldn’t keep up with his one-time peers Premo and Pete Rock, who grew and evolved with the times to stay relevant. At one point the only producers worth talking about were Preem, Pete and Diamond (think 1993).

Comment by bctw 08.18.10 @

Brand Nubes version is mad overrated. Completely pedestrian compared to the original, which, by any sensible standards, classes such a remix a failure.

That Rass Kass remix is like listening to paint dry. Are you all stoned or just rolled out of bed?

Stunts, Blunts… LP renders almost all of these remixes redundant. Consign ’em to history. Meh.

Comment by Bonedagger 08.19.10 @

Diamond D is still in my best producers of all time list, somewhere like #5, #6 or #7. his two first solo albums are incredibly ill on the production tip (the 2nd one is REAL underrated) and in the early to mid-’90s he had alot of crazy underground remixes like those you posted (how is “Word is Bond” not on there tho)??

the KRS-One – “Ah Yeah” was a dope remix but he actually did two and the other one is even iller imo. i tried putting this instead of the original when i put the album on my mp3-player last time and it flows perfectly with the album:

Comment by claaa7 08.20.10 @

diamond d talking about his music …

Comment by ultimate force 11.08.10 @

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