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Diamond D's 1992 debut album may not have been hip-hop's first producer-driven album (far from it), but it was one of the first after the new-school era that suggested superior music could overcome lackluster lyrics. Not that Diamond wasn't nice on mic, but his rhymes were a triumph of function over form. It didn't matter though--you couldn't front on his beats, a loop-driven aesthetic that sparked DJs everywhere to dig into the crates to find his original samples. Whether it was the frenetic guitar melody on "Freestyle (Yo That's That S**t!)," the boomin' bass line on "K.I.S.S.," or the raucous riff that powered his first single, "Best Kept Secret," Diamond clearly knew how to milk funk, jazz, and soul loops for their full potential. Along with peers like Pete Rock, Showbiz, and Large Professor, Diamond showed that strength on the board was worth at least as much as skills on the mic.--Oliver Wang
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Label:  Fontana Island
ArtistDiamond & Psychotic Neurotics
Release Date:  June 14, 1994
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review by . June 29, 2007
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I had this on my wish list for a while but never found a decent place to buy it from. I went to a CD outlet one day and dug in one of the Hip Hop crates and found this sitting there all alone. I thought what crazy person sold this CD. This is one of those albums where the beats are so hot that you can't really beat down on the lyrics. That is something you'll hear a lot when anyone is talking about Stunts, Blunts, & Hip-Hop because it's true. The thing about Diamond D is that he didn't do the type …
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