Diamond D Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Fat Joe f/ KRS-One "Bronx Tale" (1995)

Producer: Diamond D

Album: Jealous One’s Envy

Label: Relativity/Terror Squad

Diamond D: “I gave Joe some beats to pick out of, and that was one of the joints he was feeling around that time. We went to the studio and laid it down. I was there for Joe’s verses, but I don’t think I was there for Kris’ verses. I think the [vocal samples] in the hook were Fat Joe’s idea.

 
Prince Be from P.M. Dawn, he used to be in there collecting records. A lot of people used to get upset because certain dealers would hold records for him. They wouldn’t let anybody see them until he looked at them first.
 

“That sample was from one of the records that I picked up at one of the infamous record conventions downtown that all the producers used to go to. I would see everybody down there. Mr. Walt, Evil Dee, Lord Finesse, Pete Rock, Buckwild, Q-Tip, Large Professor, J Dilla, Salaam Remi, everybody. Everyone who was trying to push the music forward, trying to find ‘hard to find’ samples or samples no one else had.

“Prince Be from P.M. Dawn used to be in there collecting records. A lot of people used to get upset because certain dealers would hold records for him. They wouldn’t let anybody see them until he looked at them first. Everyone was like, ‘What part of the game is this?’ But that was a special time for us beat diggers.”

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