Feb 15, 2015

Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics - Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop

In October 1992, my father, brother's late godfather and I went to New York for Thanksgiving holiday. I came back with Diamond & the Psychotic Neurotics' Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop.


I have the greatest respect for Diamond D.  He made great contributions to hip hop and he's an Aries like me. I'm almost inclined to think that his being an Aries is responsible for the production, lyrics, vibe, classic status, contributions to hip hop and respect from cats like me. I won't go deep into that astrological theory, but I'll say hip hop owes a debt of gratitude to Diamond D. In other words, "Thank the Lord for Diamond D".

Diamond D's name first meant something to me when I saw it on Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth's Funky Technician listed as one of the producers. I had never seen or heard him and that was 1989. In 1991, I heard his voice for the first time on A Tribe Called Quest's Low End Theory, which adds to that album's mystique and status as a hip hop classic. 1992 gave me Digging in the Crates on Showbiz & AG's EP and true to form, he was Still Digging on their Runaway Slave. Best Kept Secret was an incredible release and Freestyle (Yo That's That Shit) was classic from the moment it was recorded.

Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop has a Main Source Breaking Atoms quality. It manages to be a perfect representation of New York early 1990s hip hop. The album's production, lyrics and vibe are strictly underground hip hop.


The release remixes are also extraordinary. first aired on the radio? I made sure to buy the What U Heard/I'm Outta Here 12" to have the song You Can't Front featuring Sadat X and Lord Finesse.  Best Kept Secret was an incredible release and Freestyle (Yo That's That Shit) was classic from the moment it was recorded.The extended version of Best Kept Secret allows us to groove a little longer and the remix to Sally Got a One Track Mind is great hip hop.

Diamond D went on to make many guest appearances on other artists' tracks. He dropped verses on Brand Nubian's Punks Jump up To Get Beat Down (Remix), House of Pain's Word Is Bond & Remix, Fat Joe’s Watch The SoundTha Alkaholiks' Next Level & Remix and most surprisingly The Fugees' Score.

The interview with Diamond D posted above is most informative and educational. 

For anyone that wants to know somewhat on how Diamond did it, check out all of the parts of the video footage available.

The Suite Delight new time slot is Tuesday morning 2-3am EST on www.ckut.ca & 90.3 FM.

If you haven't already, please make yourself familiar with the link below for more of your favorite show and mine.

Below are some podcasts to bring you up to speed.  Click here to download them and more.

Visit the Mixcloud page to listen and the Podomatic site to download them and more.

The Suite Delight - 2014-06-24 Playlist:
1. Chubb Rock with Howie Tee - Bump The Floor
2. MC Shan - I Pioneered This
3. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Go With The Flow
4. Monie Love - It's A Shame
5. MC Solaar - Nouveau Western
6. Tha Alkaholiks - The Next Level (Remix) feat. Diamond D
7. Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs - Bug-A-Boo
8. Dr. Dre - Let Me Ride
9. Double XX Posse - The Headcracker
10. Jemini The Gifted One - Funk Soul Sensation (Godfather Mix Clean)
11. Genius/GZA - Liquid Swords (Late Night Radio)
12. Big Pun - Twinz (Deep Cover '98) Featuring Fat Joe
13. Outkast - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (Diamond Remix) (Dirty)
14. Busta Rhymes - Do My Thing (DJ Scratch Remix - Clean)

The Suite Delight - 2014-06-17 (2) Playlist:

1. Special Ed - Ak-Shun
2. Das-Efx - Microphone Master (Sewa/41st Side Remix-Clean) featuring Mobb Deep
3. Illegal - Crumb Snatcher featuring Diamond D
4. Shyheim - On & On (DJ Premier Remix)
5. De La Soul - Oodles of O's
6. Lords of the Underground - Chief Rocka (Mixshow DJ Mix)
7. Camp Lo - Say Word
8. The Lady of Rage - Afro Puffs
9. Pacewon - I Declare War
10. EPMD - Strictly Snappin' Necks
11. 3rd Bass - Ace in The Hole
12. Positive K - Night Shift
13. Marley Marl - Droppin' Science featuring Craig G (Hip Hop Version)
14. Stezo - It's My Turn

The Suite Delight - 2014-06-17 Playlist:

1. KRS-One - Sound Of The Police (Showbiz Remix) 2. Salt-N-Pepa - Chick On The Side (Remix)
3. Lauryn Hill‎ – Doo Wop (That Thing)
4. Frankie Cutlass - You And You And You (Radio Edit Remix) featuring June Lover, Sadat X & Redman
5. 2Pac‎– I Get Around
6. Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics ‎– Feel The Vibe featuring Showbiz
7. Grand Puba - 360° (What Goes Around) (SD50 Remix)  
8. Mad Lion ‎– Take It Easy
9. Big Daddy Kane‎ – How U Get A Record Deal
10. Smif-N-Wessun - Wreckonize (Remix)
11. Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth ‎– Strictly For The Ladies (Radio Remix)
12. Heavy D. & The Boyz ‎– Gyrlz, They Love Me (12" Version)
13. Casual - Later On (Casual's Low Down Remix)
The Suite Delight - 2014-06-03

The Suite Delight - December 10, 2013 (2):

1. Souls of Mischief - 93 'til Infinity
2. Ghostface Killah - Flowers featuring Raekwon, Method Man & Superb
3. Three Times Dope - I Got It
4. Marley Marl - The Rebel feat. Tragedy
5. Cale Sampson - Reach Up
6. Diamond And The Psychotic Neurotics - Best Kept Secret (The 45 King Remix)
7. Danger Mouse & Jemini - Omega Supreme
8. Too Short - Buy You Some featuring Erick Sermon, MC Breed & Kool-Ace
9. Saukrates - Say I
10. SepTO - In This Town feat. Dan-E-O & Grimace Love
11. Drake - Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2
History repeated itself because I filled in for WeFunk just before the 2013 holiday season began in November.

To hear what I did as fill-in host, click play on the Cloudcasts below.

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