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Brand Nubian "Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down" (1993)

Producer: Diamond D

Album: In God We Trust

Label: Elektra Records

Diamond D: “There are three versions of that. The album version, the video version which became the single, and the remix version. Obviously, the video version [is my favorite], which was the last version done. I had about two hours left of studio time, and I just made that real quick. I think Sadat and [Lord Jamar] said when they went up to Def Jam [because they were on Rush Management] and played it, that’s the one that Lyor Cohen was jumping around all crazy over.

 
There are three versions of that. The album version, the video version which became the single, and the remix version. Obviously, the video version [is my favorite], which was the last version done.
 

“The video version, even though it was the simplest, was the best one. That version was actually done in the remix session, in Chung King Studios. They laid vocals down at another time. That song definitely helped my production career.

“I’m on the train in the video, but you can’t really see me. I’m like in the fuckin’ background. Every time I watch that video, I’m like, ‘Yo, niggas killin’ me.’ The funny shit is they called me like, ‘Yo D, we want you to be on the train with us.’ The director or Elektra Records or someone was able to shut down two train stations for an hour or so. So I drive down there, and we film, and then when the video came out, I was like, ‘Where the fuck am I at?’”

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