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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Diamond D - "Dusty Fingers Vol. 1"

DJ Premier, Pete Rock, The RZA, Marley Marl and Large Pro are recognized as the absolute best in the producers game when it comes to that gritty sample-based dusty sound. But what about the four D.I.T.C. producers? They strangely are often missing from top-10 lists but i think that has less to do with their sound and more with Lord Finesse, Buckwild, Showbiz and Diamond D getting overlooked.

For me personally Diamond D is a the top 5 East Coast producers, and by far one of the best producers on the mic. After the shelved Ultimate Force album with Master Rob, Diamond's classic debut "Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop", Diamond soon became a sought-after producer. After his 2nd, very underrated album, "Hatred, Passions & Infidelity" he started getting placements on major records like The Fugees "The Score", Mos Def "Black On Both Sides" and Pharoahe Monch's "Internal Affairs" amongst others. It's from this period of time I have choosed to focus on when compiling this; the first in a series of D.I.T.C. producer installments. Enjoy it and if you're not familiar with this guys work give it a listen and drop a comment. If you're thirsty for more classic Diamond productions, make sure to check out "Dusty Fingers Vol. 2" as well.

01. D.I.T.C. - "Day One"
02. Mos Def - "Hip Hop"
03. Raekwon/Ghostface - "Rainy Dayz [RMX]"
04. Busta Rhymes - "Da Bus-A-Bus Part II"'
05. Brand Nubian - "Foundation"
06. Bumpy Knuckles - "Bumpy Bring it Home" (Ft. Billy Danze)
07. Xzibit - "Bird's Eye View" (Ft. Tha Alkaholiks)
08. Pharcyde - "Groupie Therapy"
09. Sadat X/Diamond - "Feel It"
10. Diamond D - "The Hiatus (Remix)" (Ft. Cru)
11. Organized Konfusion - "Questions"
12. Fugees - "The Score" (Ft. Diamond)
13. Busta Rhymes - "What The Fuck You Want"
14. Ras Kass - "Soul On Ice (Remix)"
15. Queen Latifah - "I Don't Know" (Ft. Sisqo)
16. Sadat X - "You Can't Deny"
17. Pharoahe Monch - "The Truth" (Ft. Talib Kweli & Common)
18. Unbound All-Stars - "Mumia 911" [Full Version]

1 comment:

  1. I just grabbed this and Volume 2 the other day and they have been on heavy rotation. Diamond is a master of putting the craziest loops together with some smacking drums