There's no secret that I hold Diamond D in the higest regard as a producer; despite some clunkers I'd still place him among the top 5 beatmakers of all time, and much of his recent work has been a true return to form. We haven't had an official producer album from him in years; "The Huge Hefner Chronicles" largely failed because it focused on Kirkland rhyming over other peoples' beats, when the reason people buy a Diamond D album is his excellent work behind the boards.
He has now completed "The Diam Piece" LP, which is chock full of amazing guest features on as well as all tracks, minus the recent solo single "Deflate Ya" which makes me believe that he's putting the majority of his focus on the arrangements and musical aspects this time, while leting his A-list associates handle more of the vocals. Either way, this looks absolutely mindblowing (finally, an OC / Diamond collabo, and it's great that the criminally overlooked "The Time Is Now" is given a home). No release date yet, but check Diamond's Tumblr for more info, and I will too of course pos any further news that pops up. Shouts to KingKaronz for spreading the word!
1. Whiplash ft. Pharoahe Monch
2. Only Way To Go ft. Pete Rock
3. Get Your Handz Up ft. Hi-Tek
4. NY State Of Mind ft. Smif-N-Wessun
5. You Better Know It ft. Black Rob
6. People Of The World ft. Tha Alkaholiks & Kurupt
7. Vanity ft. Nottz & Minnesota
8. Change And Adapt ft. O.C.
9. Ace Of Diamond ft. Masta Ace
10. My People ft. J-Live, Lord Jamar & Hakim of Channel Live
11. Galactic ft. Ras Kass & Guilty Simpson
12. Time Is Now ft. Sadat X & A.G.
13. Ask Niccas ft. Artifacts
14. On The One ft. Torae & Punchline
15. Feelin' Dis Shyt ft. Prince Po, Percee P & Rock Most
16. Slick Talk ft. Kev Brown
17. Bang Bang ft. Sadat X
18. Deflate Cha
19. Magic Potion ft. The 5ive