Diamond D Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Queen Latifah f/ Sisqo “I Don’t Know” (1998)

Producer: Diamond D

Album: Order in the Court

Label: Motown

 
I regret that I didn’t mix it myself. The song is hot, but I always felt that if I mixed it, it would have been much hotter.
 

Diamond D: “I was already cool with Latifah from working with Apache. Me and 45 King are good friends, and he kind of started the Flavor Unit, and also did Latifah’s first album. He put her on. So I submitted her some music. We were in a studio in midtown on 59th Street, some little down low spot. MC Lyte was in the session, just hanging out. We had the trees, the wine. The vibe was nice.

“I went down there, tracked it out. Around this time, she was doing that TV show Living Single, but she was still and will always be a hip-hop head. She laid the vocals down, but she didn’t really have too much time to develop the song in New York. So she went out to L.A., and I think I went out there one time and tweaked the song a little bit, but I regret that I didn’t mix it myself. The song is hot, but I always felt that if I mixed it, it would have been much hotter.

“I forgot Sisqo was on that track! [Laughs.] But he was hot, she was hot, and hot people fuck with each other.”

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