STUNTS, BLUNTS & HIP HOP: DIAMOND D Wednesday 25 January, 2012

Hip Hop super producer shows that he can rap too.

Diamond D was the producer that everybody wanted to work with in the early 90s. He made beats for Brand Nubian, KRS-ONE, The Pharcyde, Lord Finesse, Showbiz & AG and Fat Joe. Then in 1992 he decided that he was going to keep some beats for himself and make his own album. He clearly kept the best for himself. This album is almost hip hop perfection from beginning to end. The only thing that it loses points for is that Diamond D is not the best MC in the world. That’s not to say that he’s terrible though. He’s actually very good but where his beats are outstanding his raps aren’t quite to that level.

Unless, like my friend Jon and I, you were avidly watching YO! MTV Raps in the early 90s there is very little chance that you would have heard about any of this. I think there was a period in my life where Jon and I played Street Fighter II on the SNES and listened to this album…a lot. I can’t listen to this album now without thinking of Ken shouting “Tatsumaki Senpukyaku”.

What’s really incredible is that this albums still sounds great. The production is so crisp. The balance of super tough beats and brilliant bass lines is spot on. It’s a little frightening to think that I first listened to this album 20 years ago. I suspect it might not sound so fresh to youngsters but I reckon if you played some of the tracks at a hip hop night those same youngsters would head nodding like the rest of us old buzzards.

 

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