Track By Track: Diamond D Breaks Down The Diam Piece Album
Diamond D is releasing his latest project, The Diam Piece, on 30 September so I caught up with him to find out the stories behind each track and get a little bit of insight into the process of constructing a production project with so many guests.
Diamond D: It’s more or less a production LP, about two and a half years it took. A lot of tracks I didn’t even use. I had about 27 tracks but I only used 18. Some of the artists I was in the studio with, and others – because of their touring schedule and my touring schedule – I just sent them music and they sent me the session back. If the track that I give them has a sample in it that’s giving it direction then they’ll follow that. If there is no sample or concept at the beginning I just let the MC’s paint their own pictures and try to figure out how can make it connect. I use a lot more live instrumentation now. I still chop and manipulate samples, but my sound just sounds bigger now. Just using better equipment so the sample frequencies are better.
Diamond D feat. Pete Rock – Only Way 2 Go
Second release from The Diam Piece. Will Black Rob steal the show on the LP as he did on Cormega‘s new album? Odds point to yes.
Diamond D Reveals Diam Piece Track Listing
I’ll be checking for this on the strength of new Black Rob and Grand Daddy IU features…
Buze Brovaz feat. Sadat X – 100 Proof
Fresh off lacing the Counterstrike 2 tape with an exclusive burner, Him-Lo has thrown me a new track with his brother Clever One and The Great Dot X, aka three seasoned gentlemen who will drink you under the table without a second thought.
Doo Wop & Don Blaq – Gotti and Preme
These Wop and Blaq leaks are sounding effin’ great, as they bring it over Onyx‘s “Last Dayz” instrumental.
Stream: Lord Finesse – The SP-1200 Project Samplers
For fans of 90’s era Lord Finesse beats (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) the Slice of Spice crew have compiled a vinyl package to “keep the crowd listening.”
Finesse dug deep into his floppy disk and DAT tape archives to help bring us a monster 25 tracks of unreleased and previously unavailable SP1200 heat. After Finesse hooked-up the E-mu Systems SP1200 and Akai S950 to transfer and sequence these tracks, we had Eddie Sancho mix then, and Tony Dawsey master them.
You can pre-order here.
Below are the samplers from the various volumes, plus three full-length tracks as downloads:
Video: D.I.T.C Ent. – South Bronx
This is an expanded version of Showbiz & AG‘s last team-up with DJ Premier from the Mugshot Music: Preloaded album, adding on verses from A-Bless, Tashane and Majestic Gage.
Video: DJ Premier feat. AG – Bars In The Booth
The Giant pays a visit to Premier’s lab for some Bronx bars.
The Combat Jack Show: The D-Nice Episode
“D-Nice, the beatbox/I only wear Nikes not Adidas or Reeboks!” Grab a bottle, this oughta be good…
Who is more Renaissance Man than Mr. Derrick Jones? The Human TR-808 gives his most descriptive interview ever. He walks us step by step to the moment of Scott La Rock’s death, and how it affected his relationship with KRS-One. He shares how, after he blew up as a solo artist, everything dried up and he became homeless, broke and depressed. Then rebirth. Web designer, photography, one of the world’s preeminent DJ’s. From peddling drugs to DJing for the President. We’ve heard many stories about one’s journey from the bottom to the top, but if this one doesn’t inspire you, you’re already dead. I know ya’ll keep telling us weekly how the latest episode be your top 5. You need to readjust that list again.
The Legion Drop A New Album, Video and Remix
Bronx trio The Legion have just dropped The Lost Tapes LP, which is a mixture of new and unreleased material, as well as a few b-sides (such as the incredible “Freestyle Demolition”) and remixes. Here’s the Confidence remix of “Stero” and the video for the new single, “For New.”
“For You” Video and track listing:
Download: AG feat. Ghetto Dwellas – Return To 1999 LP
Just got off the phone with Andre The Giant from D.I.T.C. after what is easily a top five Unkut interview, where he mentioned that he’s just emancipated the vaulted Ghetto Dwellas LP from 1999 for free download over at his new site.
*Updated with new link to full-length version of the album courtesy of OnkelMichael via FreezyPazzy*
Download: AG feat. Ghetto Dwellas – Return To 1999 LP
Doo Wop and Don Blaq – Avirex & Timbs
Some new BX rawness as Don Blaq lets off over some classic beats provided by Da Bouncemasta.
Showbiz & AG feat. Diamond D and Lord Finesse – Diggin’ In the Crates [DJ Premier Remix]
Here’s the CDQ of the latest leak from the DITC Remix Project, due 7 May via Slice of Spice. Shouts to the official DITC site for the audio.
Video: The Legion – Stereo
Chucky Smash, Cee-Low and Molecules keep it moving with this Buckwild produced single from their The Lost Tapes LP due 20 May on Ill Adrenaline.
Video: Diamond D feat. Pharoahe Monch – Rap Life
First single from Diamond D‘s The Diam Piece LP finds Monch kicking that good old rappity rap shit.
Photo: Showbiz Lamping, Before Rap
So much greatness going on in this pic. Discuss amongst yourselves.
Video: BIGREC – Bullseye
The clip for Diamond D‘s newest protege. I’ll always have a lotta luh for guitar loops like this…
Diamond D Reveals The Diam Piece Album Cover Art
Diamond just threw me the artwork for his next LP, which is due to drop in April and has a number of features from big name rapper dudes, the one that I’m the most excited about being Black Rob…
Diamond D – The Unkut Interview
Growing up in Forest Projects in the South Bronx, DJ Diamond D embarked on a career as a local DJ before teaming-up with childhood friend Master Rob to form the Ultimate Force crew and release the “I’m Not Playing” single on Strong City. Following on from yesterdays detailed breakdown of his first solo album, we discussed his formative years as a music fan, his loyalty to those he grew-up with and some of his lesser known musical contributions beyond his work with the D.I.T.C. crew.
Robbie: How old were you when you first deejayed publicly?
Diamond D: First time I deejayed in public I was around 13, 14 in my projects at the jams outside. There were two DJ’s in my neighborhood – DJ Supreme and DJ Hutch. They would come outside and basically provide the soundtrack to our lives, through hip-hop. At some point, from me pestering them, they let me get on their set. To me that was the biggest deal, to be able to get on the turntables in your projects and feel the love of the people that were in the projects, basically.
BIGREC – Bullseye
This new Diamond D beat is serious. I thought that the rapper might have been that Big Red kid he used to work with but it’s a different dude.
Video: Money Boss Inc. – Blam Blam
Even though this P Brothers song dropped in 2006, it’s still great enough to warrant a video eight years later. Also note that Eddie Cheeba and Trey Bag have changed their name back from Boss Money Gangsters to Money Boss Inc. and have removed the outro and all references to Nottingham in this version.
Video: Doo Wop and The Bounce Squad feat. Snaggapuss – When The Fuck Is NY Gonna Sound Like NY
Doo Wop has never been one to hold his tongue for no one, and vents on all these trying to appeal to multpile demographics rapper dudes outchea.
Doo Wop – Halloween Candy 2013 Mixtape
Doo Wop brings a new party tape to get dressed-up as Macklemore or your favorite Pokemon to. Might I suggest attending any festivities as Travis Bickell and Betsy on that ill-fated first date steez?