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Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.): The Diam Piece

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    Grammy award-winning, legendary producer Diamond D of the historical Diggin' In the Crates (D.I.T.C.) collective returns with a brand new, star-studded compilation titled "The Diam Piece". "The Diam Piece" features the likes of Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Skyzoo, Rapsody, Hi-Tek, A.G., FAT JOE, Alchemist, Pharaohe Monch, Black Rob, ELZHI, Kurupt, Ras Kass, Scram Jones, Guilty Simpson, Tha Alkaholiks, Nottz and more. This is Diamond's first production compilation album and is produced entirely by himself, except for the bonus track "Superman" produced by DJ Scratch. The album is being released on Dymond Mine Records and is full of the classic productions for which he is best known.

    "I wanted to make a classic sounding project with some of my favorite iconic and new MC's... I call it "Brand New Retro" in this age of keyboard synth beats and dumbed down lyricism." Says Diamond on the new album.

    No watered-down Hip Hop, just the MPC 3000, The Yamaha Motif ES8, an intricate selection of samples and the mic skills.

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    1. Rap Life
    featuring Pharoahe Monch (of Organized Konfusion)
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    2. Where's The Love
    featuring Talib Kweli (of Black Star + Reflection Eternal); Elzhi; Skyzoo
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    3. It's Nothing
    featuring Fat Joe; Chi Ali; Freddie Foxxx (aka Bumpy Knuckles)
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    4. Only Way 2 Go
    featuring Pete Rock
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    5. Hard Days
    featuring The Pharcyde
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    6. I Ain't The One To Fuc Wit
    featuring Scram Jones
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    7. Pump Ya Brakes
    featuring Rapsody; Boog Brown; Stacy Epps
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    8. Take Em Off Da Map
    featuring Black Rob
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    9. We Are The People Of The World
    featuring Kurupt (of Tha Dogg Pound); Tha Alkaholiks
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    10. Jose Feliciano
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    11. Handz Up
    featuring Hi-Tek (of Reflection Eternal)
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    12. Pain
    featuring A.G. (of D.I.T.C.); Chino XL
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    13. Vanity
    featuring Nottz
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    14. It's Magic
    featuring Step Brothers (Alchemist + Evidence of Dilated Peoples)
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    15. The Game
    featuring Grand Daddy I.U.
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    16. Let The Music Talk
    featuring Kev Brown
    Producers: Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.)
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    17. Superman (Bonus)
    Producers: DJ Scratch
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    3.4 Stars (3.4 Stars )
    Total Comments: 35
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/11/2014 9:53:00 AM; Partial IP: 68.153.104)
    Location: DFW
    Comment: This is good album, I'm not sure what the low rating are about.
    Name: (Posted: 10/8/2014 9:30:00 PM; Partial IP: 4.96.97.33)
    Location: Charlotte, NC
    Comment: Give this a few spins - it grows on you. I originally gave it 3 stars, but I had to come back & correct myself.
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/8/2014 8:35:00 AM; Partial IP: 164.243.25)
    Location: Norway
    Comment: Rap Life, Only Way 2 Go, Handz Up: these are the only tracks I liked, damn this album was a big let down, the beats are to f*cking weak and sloppy, sorry that is opinion!
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/8/2014 1:33:00 AM; Partial IP: 192.62.227)
    Location: RI
    Comment: This LP is very underwhelming. There are a few decent tracks here and there. I hate to give this LP a low rating for such a dope legendary producer, but it didn't meet my expectations. I expect greatness from Diamond D, but he dropped the ball on this one.
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/7/2014 2:41:00 PM; Partial IP: 26.154.189)
    Location: planet earth
    Comment: I knew this album would suck. These guys should stick to what made them legends in the first place and do some old real hip hop s#%t instead of trying to be "up to date" so to speak.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/7/2014 1:32:00 PM; Partial IP: 4.96.97.33)
    Location: Charlotte, NC
    Comment: Well produced, guest features are solid, but there are no defining moments to be found.
    Name: (Posted: 10/7/2014 1:14:00 PM; Partial IP: 236.25.139)
    Location: Paris
    Comment: I'm a Diamond D fan since day one ,but I'm saying this sh*t is wack ,this album is a waste, this album is no boom bap at all ,this is my opinion. Y'all giving 4 stars because you love the n*gga ,that ain't hip-hop ,hip-hop is about truth and realness ,this album is average ,that makes it wack for a legend like Joe.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/6/2014 10:10:00 AM; Partial IP: 117.196.11)
    Location: Constanta, Romania
    Comment: This is not exactly as good as I have expected. I give it 4 stars for "Rap Life", "Only Way To Go" and "Vanity".
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/5/2014 5:13:00 PM; Partial IP: 228.109.70)
    Location: Ontario,Can.
    Comment: To all the dumbasses posting 1&2 stars should get their f*cking heads checked, not a classic but still above average.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/3/2014 11:49:00 PM; Partial IP: 4.235.51.6)
    Location: Asheville, NC
    Comment: Consider that a 4.5. Dope album through and through(PERIOD) Son dropped "Best Kept Secret" and "Sally's Got a One Track Mind" back in '92 from the Golden Era classic Stunts... LP, and more than proves he's a lifer with a release deserving of more than just a "solid" reference, especially considering much of the garbage put out by artists these days. An understated response here, to say the least, but I believe the music speaks for itself.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/2/2014 10:49:00 PM; Partial IP: 18.227.109)
    Location: VA
    Comment: Legit project. Diamond D still has it and never lost it. Always has been and always will be a top 10 double threat. The track with Kev Brown is a classic, I only wish it was longer.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/2/2014 9:08:00 PM; Partial IP: 217.22.223)
    Location: LA
    Comment: First of all, look at the emcee lineup. Then, add a Diamond D production behind each of those names? That is the recipe for a 5 star album right there. I actually think every single beat is dope, and that's very rare for any record. There are great sample work and cuts and I honestly don't know how anyone that likes hip hop could think this is wack. Everybody came through on the features. The tracks felt organic, not like they just emailed a verse over and slapped it together. The beats feel tailored to each artist, which is dope. Also, Grandaddy I.U. Enough said.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/2/2014 6:55:00 AM; Partial IP: 34.187.242)
    Location: Louisville
    Comment: I think there are a bunch of idiots on this site, this album is dope and the person that said this sh*t is commercial you don't know what you're talking about. People expect too much, this is a banging joint Diamond D.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 10/1/2014 6:35:00 PM; Partial IP: 57.176.186)
    Location: Benztown, Germany
    Comment: There isnt a single track on this album that I have to hear again, ever. Mother of meh.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/1/2014 4:43:00 PM; Partial IP: .123.26.62)
    Location: Navajo Nation
    Comment: Wow, seems like people are trippin about this album with their 2 star ratings. To each their own though. This has a really good chunk of music and deserves at least 3 stars, but I have to give it 4 though. This is definitely one of best projects to come out this year.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/1/2014 2:49:00 PM; Partial IP: 218.79.125)
    Location: Paris, France
    Comment: Excellent!! Glad to see you again D!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/1/2014 7:16:00 AM; Partial IP: 84.0.13.82)
    Location: Hungary
    Comment: I really liked this album. In every respect well-orchestrated and excellent performers dotted the whole thing until the end. I hope there will be more like this.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/1/2014 5:03:00 AM; Partial IP: 04.156.123)
    Location: Cali
    Comment: There is some great production and some mediocre production on here. I would've cut this to about 14 tracks and it would've felt like less filler. Still great to hear Diamond's voice again. 187 is a crazy f*cking beat.
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/1/2014 4:17:00 AM; Partial IP: 209.17.114)
    Location: Australia
    Comment: Wow this sucks, I can't believe I waited for this sh*t.
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/30/2014 10:18:00 PM; Partial IP: 99.99.5.1)
    Location: Bklyn
    Comment: Mad mediocre, c'mon Diamond, you could've done way better. What was the point of pushing it back if you were going to drop this average album? Sometimes cats need to bow out gracefully.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/30/2014 6:35:00 AM; Partial IP: 96.126.149)
    Location: Belgium
    Comment: Amazing how Diamond D created a sound that perfectly reflects the style for each of the guest appearances!
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/29/2014 10:58:00 PM; Partial IP: 236.25.139)
    Location: Paris France
    Comment: Very disappointed and angry, a lot of features but no boom bap and Scratch did the best track. Happy I did not purchase the CD,so I'm back buying back my 904s classics boom bap, all this waiting for this f*ckery? No disrespect, I love Diamond but this sh*t right here is wack.
    Name: (Posted: 9/28/2014 5:18:00 PM; Partial IP: .76.37.172)
    Location: Latham, NY
    Comment: Sept. 30th is my birthday. I ordered this the day it became official. What I heard has been making me want the 30th to get here even quicker. I can't wait to hear "Jose Feliciano". Thanks for this one D.
    Name: (Posted: 9/16/2014 10:07:00 AM; Partial IP: .170.73.89)
    Location: Orlando
    Comment: There are lots of producers hopping on this mic on this one. I'm looking forward to checking it out.
    Name: (Posted: 9/12/2014 1:33:00 PM; Partial IP: 76.105.133)
    Location: PLYMOUTH, UK
    Comment: I've heard a few tracks and Diamond D has come back strong and smashed it as his previous album was garbage. I've also got my pre-order in!
    Name: (Posted: 9/12/2014 5:17:00 AM; Partial IP: 35.128.219)
    Location: Asheville, NC
    Comment: From the samples posted online, this sounds like it could possibly end up being one of the illest records dropped this year. Definitely quality hip hop here produced by a legend and featuring more than a handful of dope MC's. Cannot fathom why anyone who appreciates "real" hip hop would pass up on this. A definite cop.
    Name: (Posted: 9/11/2014 8:57:00 AM; Partial IP: 164.243.25)
    Location: Mexico
    Comment: I heard a few songs, I'm sold I have my pre-order in!
    Name: (Posted: 8/28/2014 5:08:00 PM; Partial IP: 3.76.8.201)
    Location: Worcester
    Comment: Is Kev Brown getting on the mic on that feature... I like that.
    Name: (Posted: 8/26/2014 6:02:00 PM; Partial IP: .39.36.105)
    Location: NEW YORK
    Comment: I heard a few joints off this album already and they are fire. This album is gonna be dope no commercial sh*t over here.
    Name: (Posted: 8/25/2014 1:43:00 AM; Partial IP: 02.132.144)
    Location: KALi
    Comment: Absolute honesty is brutal it might kill other's soul momentum and maybe their dignity. Only say what is necessary enough for positive development. This ish is dope.
    Name: (Posted: 8/24/2014 2:56:00 AM; Partial IP: 231.175.32)
    Location: London
    Comment: @ "Looks like an attempt to gain commercial fans" Did you actually read the line up son? It gets no more underground than this!
    Name: (Posted: 8/13/2014 1:53:00 PM; Partial IP: .98.224.98)
    Location: Illadelphia, Pa
    Comment: Mandatory to cop this!
    Name: (Posted: 8/9/2014 12:05:00 PM; Partial IP: 164.243.25)
    Location: Norway
    Comment: I hope he sticks to the production because that's his strong point, he was decent on the mic in the 90s but that last album in 2008 was not good.
    Name: (Posted: 8/6/2014 1:49:00 PM; Partial IP: .37.244.44)
    Location: tent city
    Comment: Hey boob, I mean Bob - Diamond D is also 100x's doper than you will ever be. What have you done to advance hip hop? Rather, what have you done to pioneer any cultural movement? Sorry, keyboard gangsterism doesn't count.
    Name: (Posted: 8/3/2014 10:51:00 PM; Partial IP: .72.66.156)
    Location: planet earth
    Comment: Looks like an attempt to gain commercial fans. This never works. Stick to your loyal fans.
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