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Diamond D "The Hiatus" (1997)

Producer: Diamond D

Album: Hatred, Passions and Infidelity

Label: Mercury/Polygram

Diamond D:“I had that beat laying around, and it started to grow on me. A lot of people thought it was the same sample that J Dilla used for [De La Soul’s] ‘Stakes Is High,’ but if you listen closely you can clearly see that it is two different samples.

 
A lot of people thought it was the same sample that J Dilla used for [De La Soul’s] ‘Stakes Is High,’ but if you listen closely you can clearly see that it is two different samples.
 

Two different records, two different groups, but they kind of feel the same. Biting off somebody else ain’t my style.

“It was four or so years between albums, so that was my statement. That’s why I picked that single to come back with. In between albums, I was mostly doing outside production. It felt like I was on hiatus [as a rapper], so that was my return. [And that related to the concept of the video where] I was driving through New York on the top of the bus, letting everybody know I was back. We drove all the way downtown, rode up through Harlem and the Bronx, and had a lot of fun that day.”

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