The first time I was introduced to Diamond D’s work was in 1992 when I heard Brand Nubian’s “Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down.” I was blown away by everything that track included; from the beats and rhymes, to the way its rhythms swung with an aggressive nature mixed with its nonchalant and somewhat effortless delivery. That same year I was blindsided by another record that became one of my favorite tracks of that year, fellow D.I.T.C. members, Showbiz & AG’s “Soul Clap.” Being a DJ myself, when I play these tracks in a club still to this day, its more than just playing classic hip-hop records, it’s like making a statement, telling the crowd that you’re in the know and aware of something that once shook music. These tracks helped change the way a lot of people looked at hip-hop. And definitely helped change the way hip-hop producers made music going forward.
In the years to follow, Diamond D produced classic records for A Tribe Called Quest, Outkast, Fat Joe, Cypress Hill, House of Pain, The Pharcyde, KRS-One, Busta Rhymes, and Mos Def, as well as tracks for The Fugees iconic album, “The Score,” in which Diamond was awarded a Grammy for his contributions.
Diamond D is currently releasing his highly anticipated album “The Diam Piece” which includes guest appearances from Pharoahe Monch, Black Rob, Talib Kweli, A.G., Fat Joe, Pete Rock, Alchemist, Sadat X, Hi-Tek among others (see official trailer to the right). The Lodge At Red Rocks is very happy to have Diamond D on Saturday April 26th alongside Sirius XM radio’s Shade 45 co-host, Sammy Needlz for Diamond’s official, “The Diam Piece” listening party. Come early at 8pm to hear the album and discuss the record with Diamond D himself. Then Sammy Needlz kicks off the dance party at 10pm. 21 & Over. As always, The Lodge is NO COVER.