Diamond D Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Leaders Of The New School "Classic Material (Remix)" (1993)

Producer: Diamond D

Album: “Classic Material” (Single)

Label: Elektra

Diamond D: “I met Busta from being around Q-Tip, and also from being on Violator Management because Chris Lighty was managing Busta at that time too. Chris Lighty was a mutual friend. Plus, I was cool with Dante Ross, who was over at Elektra.

 
To me, that’s the worst mix of any remix I did. I remember I got into a confrontation with the engineer about something. We had words, and I thought that was it. Then he sabotaged that shit [after I left the session]. He turned the hi-hat up real loud. The shit sounds horrible.
 

“To me, that’s the worst mix of any remix I did. I remember I got into a confrontation with the engineer about something. We had words, and I thought that was it. Then he sabotaged that shit [after I left the session]. He turned the hi-hat up real loud. The shit sounds horrible. I take responsibility too, because I should have stayed there to make sure it was mixed to my specifications. Another man should never mix another man’s song.

“The remix that eventually came out, it may sound normal to people, but that hi-hat is way too loud. It’s a real bright mix. I wish I remembered this engineer’s name too. He used to work at Chung King, little skinny white guy with glasses that used to wear t-shirts all the time. If I ever see dude in the street I swear I’ll choke the shit out of him to this day.”

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