Diamond D Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Pharoahe Monch f/ Mela Machinko "Shine" (2011)

Producer: Diamond D

Album: W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)

Label: W.A.R./Duck Down

Diamond D: “Pharoahe had that beat for like two months. Then he called me out the blue like, ‘Yo, this is the one right here! We’re gonna do this one.’ I’m like, ‘Alright, cool.’ He needed it immediately, and I was out of state, so I sent him the session. Next time I heard it, it was the way the world heard it. I heard it before it was mixed, but everything was laid by then. I wasn’t there for any of the vocals or singing. Everybody gets slept on, that ain’t nothing new. But he definitely gets slept on. He’s an MC’s MC.”

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