Having produced beats for the likes of Busta Rhymes, KRS One and The Pharcyde, Joseph Kirkland aka Diamond D is arguably one of hip hop’s most prolific producers. Cutting his teeth as a DJ in the South Bronx during the 80s, Diamond became one of the founding members of the ‘Diggin’ In The Crates Crew’, a production posse who acquired a reputation for the art of sampling. With stand-out cuts for everyone from Lord Finesse to Fat Joe, his prowess in the studio soon caught the attention of some of hip hop's biggest artists, consolidated with a Grammy award for his work on the Fugees’ 1996 album ‘The Score’.
As well as producing for others, Diamond can also lay claim to one of Source Magazine’s Top 100 albums of all time with his debut solo release, ‘Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop’, which saw him pick up the mic alongside early appearances from Big L and the aforementioned Fat Joe. Having recently dropped his sixth album, ‘The Diam Piece’, featuring legendary MCs such as Pete Rock and Pharoahe Monch, Diamond D still has rappers queuing up to work with him, reflecting a career which has spanned over 25 years.
Check out ‘The Diam Piece’ in full below, as well as our competition to see him perform in Glasgow this week:
This Thursday Diamond D passes through Glasgow for an exclusive show at the O2ABC, performing select cuts from his new and classics albums, as well as demonstrating some exceptional skills behind the decks. As always, we have two tickets to giveaway, so if you’d like to see the man in action, simply head over to the SynthGlasgow Facebook and tell us the correct answer to this question:
What crew was Diamond D a founding member of?
Terms & Conditions: Please note that this prize is for two places on the guestlist to see Diamond D at the O2ABC this Thursday 28th May. There will be one winner. The competition closes at 1pm on the same day and the winner will be notified via Facebook comment (please check your Facebook in the hours following the closure of the competition. The winner must be 14 years or older. After we have passed on the winner’s details to the event organisers we then pass on responsibility for entry on the night.