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Hip Hop Golden Age (Part 1)

Undoubtedly the finest years the hip hop genre has seen to date has been the mid 90’s, with the rise of Eminem, Jay-Z, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, and of course Tupac, and Biggie Smalls, to name but a few. In my opinion the finest works, or most of the finest works from these top emcees came with thier most forefront albums and material. Eminem’s infinite is an underground classic which sold less than a thousand copies out of the boot of his car in Detroit. Nas’ Illmatic and Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt along with countless other ablums of the decade bring together some of the finest talent in hip hop producing and spring some of the most notorious rhymes and verses to boot. However on the underground scene, albums upon albums are being slept on due to lack of promotion and the necessity to remain underground. Here are a few releases that have most definitely been slept on, and deserve some major recognition.






April 26, 2010 Posted by | Hip Hop | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Diamond D – Hatred, Passion & Infidelity

Veteran, legendary  hip-hop producer and emcee Joseph Kirkland, better known to the hip hop world as; ‘Diamond D’, from 165th St in the Boogie Down BX, has produced tracks for a multitude of rap music’s most critically acclaimed LPs, including A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘The Low End Theory’ and The Fugees’ ‘The Score’. In 1992, he recorded his first solo album, the underground classic Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop (which was released as by Diamond & the Psychotic Neurotics).  In the period between his album releases, Diamond spent much of his time producing for a number of artists, including Brand Nubian, Cypress Hill, Fat Joe, The Fugees, House of Pain, KRS-One, Lord Finesse, Tha Alkaholiks, The Pharcyde, Illegal, and Xzibit. A host of top-flight rappers returned the favor for his sophomore album, Hatred, Passion & Infidelity, including Busta Rhymes, Phife Dawg (A Tribe Called Quest), and Pete Rock. 

 His lyrical dexterity on his second effort is incredibly exciting and raw providing originality (key to a hip hop emcees success) and a swift narrative which carries the listener willingly from song to song. Sideman John Dough adds strong lyrics to “Flowin’,” “J.D.’s Revenge,” and “On Stage.” Reggae style chanter Don Barron (of Masters of Ceremony fame) gives an interesting touch to “MC Iz My Ambition.” Phife (of A Tribe Called Quest) and lyricist/producer extraordinaire Pete Rock are both featured on “Painz and Strife.” Diggin’ in the Crates family members Fat Joe, Big L, Lord Finesse, and AG join Diamond on “5 Fingas of Death” for a dark and ominous posse cut. Legendary MC Sadat X of Brand Nubians and K. Terroribul join Diamond on “Never.” K. Terroribul also appears on “K.T.” and “On Stage.”  Hatred, Passion & Infidelity is a masterpiece display of Diamond D’s skills on the microphone and behind the mixing board, an album a serious fan should have. As also should be noted, Diamond D is a  Grammy award winner for his work with The Fugees on The Score…and was nominated for another in 2007 for his work with Natalie Cole on the song  “Daydreaming”. As standard, click the pics and enjoy the beats.

January 8, 2010 Posted by | Hip Hop | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment