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 of production you hear today. He used all types of crazy jazz instruments that just blow your ears away. My favorite song has to be "Step To Me" because like most of the production on this album the beat is perfect. He starts it off with this hot deep bass cello which he likes to use a lot and then throws in a saxophone, trust me when you hear it you'll be going crazy. It's like you can't really fault Diamond for his OK lyrics because they're OK and not awful so they don't really stick out. But he does rhyme well enough where you might listen to his songs a few times and start rapping along with him. He also has a few skits, the skits are right on this album cause they're funny but he doesn't overdue it with them and kill the rest of the tracks. This is a perfect buy so if you're trying to decide if you should get it stop looking and just get it cause it's worth it. Now all I have to do is go back to that outlet and see if that same crazy person maybe sold a copy of Main Source's Breaking Atoms.
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Keith A Jones (liago4)
Aug 15, 2010
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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