From crafting hits with one of the greatest collection of musical talents ever assembled, the Diggin’ in the Crates crew, to carving out a successful solo career, Diamond D has earned true legend status. Oh yeah, let’s not forget how his dusty, head-nodding collection of beats helped to define what most fans would consider to be the greatest era of hip-hop. And then there’s The Diam Piece, Diamond D’s new compilation, produced entirely by the legend himself and featuring a slew of vets and new school MCs. Diamond D talks to HipHopGame in an exclusive interview to discuss The Diam Piece, his artist BigRec, the 15th anniversary of the passing of Big L, some new D.I.T.C. music, and much more.
- Interviewsposted February 25, 2014 / 1 Comment
From the opening bars of the Incomparable Shakespeare’s latest release By Any Dreams Necessary, it’s clear the MC’s not here to play. By Any Dreams Necessary is a great introduction to the Shakespearean era of hip-hop, from lyrical bangers like “Shaky Baby” to an updated retelling of Romeo and Juliet on “A Love Story.” The Brooklyn product takes some time out of his hectic schedule to let us know where he’s been, where he is, and where he’s going. One thing you can count on is that with everything coming up, he’s gonna stayeth on that grind.
- Interviewsposted February 24, 2014 / No Comments
Matter ov Fact and EP have been collecting passport stamps the way hermits collect cats and stamps. From their first official Dopp release, The Ghastly Duo EP, each release has showcased a growth in their sound while staying true to the Black Cloak lifestyle. At the same time, with the release of their latest album Peace Kehd, the Doppelgangaz are quickly becoming what’s been missing in hip-hop – an album group. Don’t expect corny freestyles, half-thought EPs, and other assorted garbage. The Dopp crew moves as they wish and answer to no one, which makes their music, which is a mixture of witty jokes spit with a level of seriousness that makes you wonder if they’re really joking over EP’s straight-up banging beats. EP and Matter ov Fact sit down with HipHopGame to talk about all things Dopp Life.
- Interviewsposted February 19, 2014 / No Comments
From crafting certified hip-hop classics for M.O.P, AZ, Cam’ron, Cormega, and others to having his own song get some shine on the hottest TV show Breaking Bad, D/R Period has been dropping the hammer on cats for over 20 years. With a resume as long as Scottie Pippen’s arms, D/R’s placed himself in the upper-upper echelon of producers, in the land of the Primo’s, Pete Rock’s, and Diamond D’s. But don’t tell him that ‘cause really, he doesn’t care. Between managing and mentoring upcoming acts on his Rockboy label, banging out over 15 beats a day, and making sure his beats are the best part of reality TV, D/R doesn’t have an extra second in the day to contemplate his place in the game.
In this exclusive interview, D/R stays up later than usual to not only reminisce on some of his most classic projects and songs, like Smoothe the Hustler’s Once Upon a Time in America to getting Billy Danze of M.O.P behind the mic, but to also talk about his current projects and why his takeover of the game is not complete yet. Don’t miss this candid conversation with one of most respected producers to ever bang out on an MP.
- Interviewsposted February 17, 2014 / No Comments
“Beatnuts’ll let off rounds forever,” Psycho Les and Juju spit on “Beatnuts Forever.” Lucky for their numerous fans spanning every continent, the duo from Queens is staying true to their word. Besides working on THC, Psycho Les’s long-awaited compilation, there’s plans for him and Junkyard Ju to finally finish the Planet of the Crates album. Oh yeah, don’t forget the Alkaholiks-collab Liknuts that should also be dropping in 2014.
HipHopGame catches up with Psycho Les to talk about all these projects and more, from his days coming up and hanging with Q-Tip to his creative process putting music together.