Diamond D is a hip hop Emcee, DJ and GRAMMY® Award-winning Producer from the Bronx, and one of the founding members of the legendary Diggin' in the Crates crew, D.I.T.C.
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Diamond D vs The 45 King
Diamond D is a hip hop Emcee, DJ and GRAMMY® Award-winning Producer from the Bronx, and one of the founding members of the legendary Diggin' in the Crates crew, D.I.T.C.

The 45 King has produced some of the biggest Hip-Hop tracks of the past 25 years. His breakbeat track "The 900 Number" among others was sampled hundreds of times. The 45 King’s extensive discography of well-known productions includes "Jay-Z - Hard Knock Life (The Ghetto Anthem)" and the platinum-certified track "Eminem - Stan".

Diamond D Speaking Engagements
Keynote : Lectures : Panels : Workshops
Lisa Maxfield
Diamond D started out as a DJ for Jazzy Jay back in the late 1980's and was at the same time perfecting his skills in beat making and turntablism, and, together with rhyme partner Master Rob, he was one half of the group Ultimate Force. The group signed with Jazzy Jay's Strong City Records, and Diamond and Rob started recording their debut album, I'm Not Playin', in 1988 and released the 12-inch single with the same title, which spawned a buzz in the underground. The album was completed in 1990, but it got caught up in label politics, such as the shutdown of Strong City distributor Uni Records, and was shelved until 2007 when it was released through Traffic Entertainment. One of the last songs recorded for the album was a Diamond D solo song in which he actually picked up the mike for the first time. The song was called "The Best-Kept Secret."

As Ultimate Force dissolved, record executives had their eyes on the Bronx phenomenon, which eventually resulted in the 1992 release of Diamond's debut album "Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop" (released under the moniker Diamond & the Psychotic Neurotics). The album is considered to be one of the finest D.I.T.C. solo LPs and features early appearances from Big L and Fat Joe. "Represent”Fat Joe’s 1993 debut album was mainly produced by Diamond D, followed by producing for multiple hip hop and R&B artists listed below in the discography.

In 1996, Diamond D won a GRAMMY® Award for his production contribution on the Fugees LP "The Score" which won for Best Rap Album. The same year he appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD "America is Dying Slowly" alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, and Fat Joe and many other prominent hip hop artists. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as a masterpiece by The Source magazine.

Diamond's second album "Hatred, Passions and Infidelity", was released in 1997 to mixed, but mostly positive reviews. Following the release, Diamond established his name as a sought-after producer after providing impressive beats for hip hop legends such as Busta Rhymes, Fugees, KRS-One, Queen Latifah, the Pharcyde, and Brand Nubian, among others. Diamond D is regarded as one of the first hip hop producers to work with artists on both the east and west coasts.

Since then, he has released the independent street album "Grown-Man Talk", the official mixtape compilation "The Diamond Mine", and provided contributions to his D.I.T.C. cohorts' projects including the crew's self-titled debut album on Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records in 2000.

Diamond D was nominated a second time for a GRAMMY® Award in 2008 for co-production on Natalie Cole's cover of Aretha Franklin's "Day Dreaming". That same year he signed with Babygrande Records and released his fourth album, titled "The Huge Hefner Chronicles". Unlike previous efforts, the LP showed Diamond’s focus on his rhymes, and production was handled by other respected underground beat makers such as Nottz, DJ Scratch, Ill Mind, Def Jef, and Jesse West. In 2010, he produced “Shine,” the first single from Pharoahe Monch's LP "W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)".

DIAM PIECE September 30, 2014 album release featuring Sean Price, J-Live, and Pharoahe Monch among many others.

Awards, Nominations, Honors, Credits
1996 - GRAMMY® Award-Winner Producer and Emcee for the Fugees, "The Score" (Best Rap Album)
1998 - The Source Magazine's Top 100 Hip Hop LPs of all time: "Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop"
2007 - GRAMMY® Award-Nominated Producer for Natalie Cole's "Day Dreaming"
2010 - XXL Magazine Top 10 list of producers who rhyme: Oct issue
2011 - The Source Magazine Top 10 list of producers who rhyme: Feb issue
2013 - The iStandard Producers "Living Legend" Award

GRAMMY® Award-Winning Producer and Emcee and GRAMMY® Award-Nominated Producer, Co-founding Member of D.I.T.C. (Diggin In The Crates), DJ, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Hip Hop Historian, Music Video Producer, Multimedia Company Owner and Public Speaker.

Long recognized as one of the most influential producers from the 90's to the present, plus a co-founding member of D.I.T.C., and GRAMMY® Award-winner, Diamond D has earned his place as a legendary hip hop icon. His story is incredible, educational and inspiring.

As a speaker, entertaining storyteller and hip hop historian, Diamond D takes audiences on a fascinating journey. He shares his professional expertise, stories and knowledge from experiences throughout his life and music career interwoven with hip hop historical references including: discovering hip hop in grade school on the streets of its birthplace - the Bronx, becoming a DJ and producer, discovering his voice as an MC while working with many A-List artists and his travels around the globe on countless worldwide tours as a member of D.I.T.C. and as a solo artist.

Speaker Topics more topics and workshops available upon request.
  • Diamond D “The Bronx to D.I.T.C. to the GRAMMY®  and Beyond” - Discussion and Q & A
  • Artist, Producer, Historian: “In-depth Look Into Hip Hop Culture” - Discussion and Q & A
  • Hip Hop Music Production: Styles, Techniques, Technology and Trends
  • Business, Branding and Music Distribution: Independent Hip Hop Music       
  • Emceeing
  • DJing and Producing
  • Beatmaking and Sampling Productions
Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop
Released: September 22, 1992
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #47
Singles: "Best Kept Secret"/"Freestyle (Yo, That's That Shit)," "Sally Got a One-Track Mind"/"Check One, Two," "Fuck What U Heard"/"I'm Outta Here"
Hatred, Passions and Infidelity
Released: August 26, 1997
R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #40
Singles: "The Hiatus"/"No Wonduh (The Projects)," "J.D.'s Revenge"/"This One"

Grown Man Talk
Released: 2003
The Diamond Mine
Released: 2005
I'm Not Playin' (as part of Ultimate Force)

Released: June, 2007
Singles: "I'm Not Playing", "Girls/I'm In Effect/Supreme Diamond D"
The Huge Hefner Chronicles
Released: 2008
The Diam Piece
Released: 2014

1989: Raheem - "I'm The King"
1990: Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth - Funky Technician (LP):
"Funky Technician", "Here I Come", "Bad Mutha", "I Keep The Crowd Listening"
1990: Ultimate Force - "I'm Not Playing" (LP)
1999: Showbiz & AG - "I'm Convinced", previously unreleased
1991: Lord Finesse - Return of the Funky Man (LP):
"Fuck ’Em", "Isn't He Something", "Praise The Lord", "That's How Smooth I Am", "Praise The Lord (Remix)"
1992: Showbiz and A.G. "Hard to Kill", "Soul Clap," from Runaway Slave
1992: The Ghetto Girlz - Ain't Takin' No Shit (LP):
"Alphabetical Order", "Bitch Ass Nigger", "Marked For Death", "That's All She Wrote"
1992: Diamond D And The Psychotic Neurotics - Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop (2xLP)
1992: Diamond D And The Psychotic Neurotics - "Best Kept Secret (Remix by 45 King & Diamond)"
1992: Brand Nubian - "Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down", "Punks Jump Up... (Remix)
1992: Busy Bee - Thank God For Busy Bee (LP):
"Get With Me", "Home Boyz", "I Got Thingz Sewed", "My Personality"
1992: The A.T.E.E.M. - Yeah (Diamond Mix)
1992: R.O.C. - Dedicated to My Girl (Diamond Mix)
1993: Illegal - "CrumbSnatcher" and "Illegal Will Roc" from The Untold Truth
1993: Red Hot Lover Tone - Give It Up (Remix)
1993: Cypress Hill - When The Ship Goes Down (Diamond Mix)
1993: Yaggfu Front & Diamond D - Slappin' Suckas Silly (Remix)
1993: Apache - "Who Freaked Who" and "Get Ya Weight Up" from Apache Ain't Shit
1993: Fat Joe - Represent (LP):
"Bad Man", "Watch The Sound", "Flow Joe", "Da Fat Gangsta", "Shorty Gotta Fat Ass", "You Must Be Out of Your Mind"and "Get On Up"
1993: Diamond D - "I'm Outta Here (Remix)"
1993: Illegal - "We Getz Buzy (Remix)"
1993: Raazda Rukkuz - "Da Chronic Asthmatics" and "Loco Impact", 12" Single
1993: Leaders of the New School - "Classic Material (Remix)"
1993: Diamond D ft. Lord Finesse & Sadat X - "You Can't Front"
1993: Private Investigators - "Who Am I? (God) [Remix]"
1993: Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs - Roxbury 02119 (LP):
"Streets of the Ghetto", "Busted", "Love Comes & Goes", "I Thought Ya Knew", "Dat Ain't Right"
1994: Fu-Schnickens - ""Sneakin' Up On Ya", ""Aaahh Ooohhh!" from Nervous Breakdon
1994: A.D.O.R. - The Concrete (LP):
"Day 2 Day", "Heart & Soul", "Keep it Real", "The Kid is Crazy", "Day 2 Day (Mecca Mix)"
1994: Shadz of Lingo - A View to a Kill (LP):
"Different Stylez", "Don't Test Da Skills", "Ill And Get Clowned", "Think I Give A Fuck"
1994: Red Hot Lover Tone - "#1 Player" and "Bust The Manueva", from #1 Player
1994: Nefertiti - "Come Down Baby" and "Family Tree" from L.I.F.E.
1994: House of Pain "Word is Bond", "Word is Bond (Remix)" from Same As It Ever Was
1994: Justice System - "Dedication to Bambaata (Remix)"
1994: Dana Barros & Cedric Ceballos, ft. A.G. & Brand Nubian - "Ya Don't Stop"
1994: Outkast - "SouthernPlayalistiCadillacMuzik (Remix)"
1994: Scientifik - "I Got Planz" and "Yeah Daddy", from Criminal
1994: The Veldt - "Soul in a Jar (Guitar Mix)"
1994: Joi ft. Shadz of Lingo - "Freedom"
1994: Total Devastation - "Wonderful World of Skins (Remix)"
1994: Lucas - "Cityzen (Diamond D Remix)"
1995: The Pharcyde "Groupie Therapy," from Labcabincalifornia
1995: KRS-One - "Build Ya Skillz," "Squash All Beef," from KRS-One
1995: KRS-One - "Ah Yeah (Diamond Flava)" and "Ah Yeah (Diamond Rhode Mix)", 12" Single
1995: KRS-One - "What I Know", unreleased outtake from KRS-One
1995: Big C - "Look Alive", from D&D Project
1995: Big Red - "Created A Monster" and "How They Want It", 12" Single
1995: Various Artists - "Freedom (Theme From Panther)"
1995: Tha Alkaholiks "Let it Out," "Next Level," from Coast II Coast
1995: Fat Joe - "Bronx Tales" and "Watch Out", from Jealous One's Envy
1995: Urban Thermo Dynamics - "Manifest Destiny"
1996: Fugees "The Score," from The Score
1996: Xzibit "Bird's Eye View," from At the Speed of Life
1996: Mondo Grosso - Do You See What I See (Remix)
1996: Ronnie Foster - "Summer Song (Diamond D Mix)"
1996: Sadat X ft. Fat Joe - "Nasty Hoes", from America is Dying Slowly
1996: Raekwon ft. Ghostface Killah& Jodeci - "Rainy Dayz (Mr. Dalvin Remix)"; co-production, programming & mixing
1996: Ras Kass "Soul on Ice (Remix)", from Soul on Ice (12" single)
1996: Broadway A.K.A. Party Arty - "Enjoy Yourself"
1996: Sadat X - "Wild Cowboys", "Petty People" and "Move On" from Wild Cowboys
1997: Afro Jazz - "Paria v/s Estat"
1997: Organized Konfusion "Questions," from The Equinox
1997: Diamond D - Hatred, Passions and Infidelity (2xLP)
1997: Diamond D - "Hiatus (Remix)", "MC2", from The Hiatus 12"
1997: D.I.T.C. - "Day One", 12" Single
1998: A.D.O.R. - "The Rush", from Shoq Frequency
1998: Busta Rhymes "What the Fuck You Want!!" from Extinction Level Event (Final World Front)
1998: Brand Nubian - "Foundation", from Foundaction
1998: D.I.T.C. ft. Brand Nubian - "I Flip Styles"
1998: Queen Latifah - "I Don't Know", from Order in the Court
1999: A.G. - "Nowhere to Go", from The Dirty Version
1999: Busta Rhymes - "The Bus-a-Bus (Remix)"
1999: Diamond D - "When it Pours it Rains", from Soundbombing 2
1999: Diamond D & Sadat X - "Feel It", 12" Single
1999: Mos Def "Hip-Hop," from Black on Both Sides
1999: Pharoahe Monch "The Light," "The Truth," "The Ass," from Internal Affairs
1999: Scaramanga - "S.I.R.", from 7 Eyes, 7 Horns
1999: Too Short ft. Jay-Z - "Here We Go", from Too Short (album)
2000: A.D.O.R. - "Cock'd Back", from Animal 2000
2000: Freddie Foxxx "Bumpy, Bring it Home," from Industry Shakedown
2000: D.I.T.C. "Day One," "Foundation," from D.I.T.C.
2000: Sadat X - "X-Man", "You Can't Deny" from State of NY vs. Derek Murphy EP
2000: Unbound Allstars - "Mumia 911"
2001: Busta Rhymes - "Wife in Law" featuring Jaheim
2001: Muro ft. O.C. - "Lyrical Tyrants (Diamond Mix)"
2002: The 45 King - "Double Dare"
2003: Akrobatik- "Feedback," from Balance
2003: ASD - "Sag Mir Wo Die Party Ist"
2003: Diamond D - Grown Man Talk (CD)
2004: Earatik Statik ft. Pacewon - "People Like Us", from Feelin Earatik
2004: Edo G featuring Pete Rock - "Streets is Callin", from My Own Worst Enemy
2004: The Omen - "It's Our World", from DJ Rhetmatic Mixtape
2005: A.D.O.R. - "The Realness", from Signature of Ill
2005: Sadat X - "The Great Diamond D", from Experience & Education
2005: Medina Green - "Green Boogie", from Mixtape
2006: Cannonball Adderley – "Bohemia in the Dark (Remix)"
2006: Sadat X - "The Post", from Black October
2007: Sean Price - "Get it Together", from Master P
2007: Natalie Cole - "Day Dreaming", from Leaving
2008: Terror Tongue - "Lyrical Threat", from Unreleased Production 1994
2008: Diamond D - "Good Tyme", "When Ur Hot Ur Hot" and "I Wanna Leave", from The Huge Hefner Chronicles
2009: Collective Efforts - "I Get Down"
2009: Freestyle Professors - "Think About It", from Gryme Tyme
2010:Sadat X-"In The Jungle" from Wild Cowboys II
2011: Pharoahe Monch - "Shine" from W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)
2011: Torae - "Changes" from For The Record
2011: J-Live - "No Time To Waste" from Said Person of That Ability
2013: Fat Joe - "Cypher" from The Darkside 3
2014: Pharoahe Monch - Rap Life
2014: Dialated Peoples - Let your thoughts fly away
2014: BIGREC - DoomsDay LP

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