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Interview: Diamond D Recalls Fat Joe & Lord Finesse’s Early Days, Says He was Stunned when Big L Passed

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

Heads and historians have thoroughly noted Diamond D’s knack for elite crate digging and superior mic skills for over a quarter century. While most will point to his impressive production catalog, the Bronx native and Diggin’ in the Crates founding member is much more than what many can recall. Some of the earliest bars we heard from Lord Finesse, Fat Joe and even Big L was on Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop. D doesn’t like to take credit for their careers or even teaching them the ropes but he will tell you he was there from the beginning.

“Joe was doing his thing around the way and one day he approached me and was like, ‘Yo, I’ve got some rhymes,’” Diamond D recalled when asked about developing D.I.T.C. artists. “He spit a couple of bars at me and I was like, ‘OK, boom let’s go hit the studio.’ We went in the studio and made a couple of demos.” From there, and with the assistance of DJ Red Alert, Fat Joe’s career was on its way. And that happened with so many noteworthy New York artists at the time.

Surprisingly, after 25 years in the game, Diamond D hasn’t had as much time for himself or his own catalog. It has been six years since D released a solo album and he has never released his own production compilation album. Until now.

On Tuesday (September 30), Diamond D released Diam Piece, a 19-track album fully produced by the Diam man himself. The LP features artists D admires. He wouldn’t have it any other way. Nah Right recently talked with Diamond D about the project, his early days and his involvement with some of hip-hop’s most coveted players.

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Video: Lil Boosie on Nitecap with Peter Bailey

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Lil Boosie sits down with Nitecap host Peter Bailey at Miami’s James L. Knight Center for an extensive conversation about the glorification of the gangster lifestyle in Rap, Black-on-Black crime, Boosie’s responsibility as a voice of the hood and much more.

Previously: Snootie Wild ft. Jeremih & Lil Boosie – Made Me (Remix)

Video: Nas Responds to a Your Old Droog Question

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

The look of befuddlement on Nasir’s face when confronted with a question about Your Old Droog confirms what anybody with any sense alreaady knew: that he is not Your Old Droog. Just look at that blank stare he gives MTV’s Rob Markman when he is asked about the absurdly persistent conspiracy theory.

Spotted: Lowkey

Previously: Your Old Droog – Secondhand Gunsmoke (Gunsmoke Cologne Superblack Remix) | Nas – Time Is Illmatic (Theatrical Trailer)

Video: Vince Staples Interview w/ Xclusives Zone

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Vince Staples chops it up with Xclusives Zone and talks about Hell Can Wait EP, being signed to Def Jam, inspiring Common and much more.

Previously: Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait (Artwork)

Video: Kendrick Lamar Makes His NFL Week 4 Picks

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Power 106 sure got their money’s worth out of this Kendrick visit huh? In this clip he joins Jeff G. on his “Foul Balls” segment and makes some predictions for the upcoming NFL Week 4 match-ups.

K.Dot, a Niners fan, picks SF over Philly, the Panthers over the Ravens and the Bears over the Packers.

Previously: Kendrick Lamar – #LIFTOFF Lunch Table Freestyle

Video: Andre 3000 on Ellen

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Andre 3000 was a guest on Ellen earlier today. Here’s a quick clip of him talking about his touring schedule and the messages he displays on his jumpsuits during performances.

We’ll update with more footage as it becomes available.

Previously: Here’s Your First Look at Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix

Video: Wale Talks New Album, Friendship with Jerry Seinfeld

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Wale sits down with Justin Credible and J Cruz on Power 106 to talk aout the creative direction of his Album About Nothing, his relationship with Jerry Seinfeld, the 10 year anniversary of Jay-Z’s The Blueprint and much more.

Previously: Wale ft. Jeremih – The Body

Video: ScHoolBoy Q Talks Nate Dogg, 2 Pac Conspiracies

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Q kicks it with the good folks from Montreality. In addition to their standard artist Q&A points (jobs he had growing up, favorite video games), he speaks on his appreciation for Nate Dogg, whether or not he buys into any 2 Pac conspiracy therories and responds to the “Control” type shot Childish Gambino took at him and Kendrick during a live freestyle.

Previously: ScHoolboy Q – Latch (Remix) | ScHoolBoy Q ft. Nas & BJ The Chicago Kid – Studio (Remix)

Video: Action Bronson on Cabbie Presents

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Bam Bam guests on Canadian sports network TSN’s Cabbie Presents segment with host Cabbie Richards. They talk about the abundance of sports references in Bronson’s lyrics, his relationship with Kevin Love and how he ended up with a cameo in that Derek Jeter commercial.

Previously: Action Bronson – Fuck, That’s Delicious (Ep. 4)

Kendrick Lamar Talks “Control” Impact, Album with J. Cole

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

In support of the release of his new single “i”, K.Dot joined Big Boy and crew on-air this morning over at Power 106 in LA. Speaking about the one year anniversary of his game changing verse on Big Sean’s “Control”, Kendrick reflects on the impact of and response to the verse, and whether or not it has affected his relationship with people like J.Cole and Drake (spoiler alert: it hasn’t).

It’s not included in this video clip, but he also spoke on the status of his collaborative album with J.Cole:

We’ll update with more footage as it becomes available. UPDATED: the full interview is below.

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