Diamond D Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Diamond D f/ Big L, Fat Joe, A.G., & Lord Finesse "Five Fingas of Death" (1997)

Producer: Kid Capri

Album: Hatred, Passions and Infidelity

Label: Mercury/Polygram

Diamond D: “Big L came into the D.I.T.C. picture through Lord Finesse. They met at a record store near 125th Street in Harlem. L was a big fan of Lord Finesse, and Finesse said when he heard him spit he knew he had to fuck with him. That’s how he came into the fold.

 
It was more or less a bunch of dudes who grew up together broke, and now we have some money and we’re successful and we’re all living out our dreams. That was one of the first times we all came together to do a record.
 

“I wanted to do one song that had everyone on it on my album. Everyone was there for the session. Big L came and laid his verse down first, which is why he sets the song off. But he bounced a little early. L was a lot of fun, cracking jokes. He started off hungry, and around this time, he knew he was hot, so he was rhyming with that much more [determination]. He did his thing, probably in like one take, too.

“It was more or less a bunch of dudes who grew up together broke, and now we have some money and we’re successful and we’re all living out our dreams. That was one of the first times we all came together to do a record.”

“Me and Kid Capri go back to the days of Lord Finesse's first LP. And we are both beat diggers. A lot of people aren’t aware of that fact, but Kid has beats. [Laughs.] He produced that, and he also gave me the record for the joint I sampled on ‘Gather Round,’ which was also on my second album.”

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