DITC Plotting New Album, Diamond D. Talks New Album, Grammy Nod

DIAMOND D

Producer Diamond D. has revealed that legendary Hip-Hop group Diggin’ in the Crates is planning to release a new, untitled album.

The New York-based collective features Diamond D., Fat Joe, Showbiz, A.G., Buckwild, O.C. Lord Finesse and the late Big L, and the group has become legendary for a slew of classic albums as a collective and as solo artists.

“We’re getting back together, but that’s all I can say now,” Diamond D. told AllHipHop.com. In the meantime, the producer is hard at work on his latest album, Huge Hefner, which will feature appearances from Q-Tip, Sy Scott, the Beatnuts and others.

Diamond D. was also recently nominated for a Grammy Award, for his production on Jazz/R&B songstress Natalie Cole’s most recent album 2006 album Leavin’.

Diamond D., born Joe Kirkland, produced the hit single “Day Dreaming” on Cole’s album.

“I’m glad just to be a part of this whole thing for Natalie,” Diamond told AllHipHop.com. “Dallas Austin was working with her. He asked for me to come through and play some joints for Natalie. She picked about four joints from me, but one she really, really liked. That’s the one that wound up being used for ‘Day Dreaming.’”

Diamond previously won a Grammy in the Best Rap Album category for his work on the title track for The Fugees’ 1996 album, The Score.

The Diggin’ in the Crates member is also known for his work with Brand Nubian, Pharoahe Monch, and his solo work – including 1992’s “I Went For Mine,” which was reworked into Busta Rhymes’ 2006 hit “New York S**t.”

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