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Diamond D (D.I.T.C.) | Interview

Diamond D is an emcee and Grammy award-winning producer from the Bronx, NY. In the late 80s, he partnered with the emcee Master Rob under the group name Ultimate Force. They signed with DJ Jazzy Jay’s label, Strong City Records, and released their debut album, I’m Not Playin’, in 1990. It was shelved from label issues and finally released in 2007 through Traffic Entertainment. In 1992, Diamond released his debut album, Stunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop, which features early appearances from Big L and Fat Joe. In 1996, Diamond won a Grammy for his production contribution on The Fugees album, The Score. He had also been working with Busta Rhymes, KRS-One, Queen Latifah, The Pharcyde, Brand Nubian, and others. Diamond’s second album, Hatred, Passions, & Infidelity, was released in 1997 and he became regarded as one of the first hip hop producers to work with both east and west coast artists. In 2007, he was nominated for a Grammy for co-production on Natalie Cole’s cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Day Dreaming”. Diamond released his fourth album in 2008, The Huge Hefner Chronicles, with production from Nottz Raw, DJ Scratch, !llmind, Def Jef, and Jesse West.

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