Download the “Diamond District – In The Ruff” Album

Diamond District

From their MySpace page:
The District of Columbia is home to our nations politics and some of the wealthiest African Americans in the country. It is also home to one of the nations largest income gaps with some of the highest crime, murder and STD rates. It is the culmination of these statics that defines DC Hip Hop. Oddisee (producer/MC from Prince George’s county, Maryland) formed this group with solo artist, XO and YU. The idea was to create a mid-90’s boom-bap themed record for the DC, Maryland & Virginia metropolitan area. XO, (born & raised in North West DC) defines what it is to be a black male raised in the district, with lyrics that have a way of philosophizing that street life. Oddisee defines the experience of growing up in black middle class Maryland. Bordering the poverty his and many other families fled to escape, they found the troubles of the inner city came along with them. YU, having been raised in the district, Maryland & Virginia, shows that DC culture exceeds it’s 10 mile radius. “In The Ruff” is the DMV’s soundtrack. its street savvy, politically conscious lyrics and grimy beats depict life in and around our nations capitol.

4 responses to “Download the “Diamond District – In The Ruff” Album

  1. The shit is dope..Lyrics and production are tight. now that is coming from the hip hop lover that I am. Now from my executive standpoint as CEO of Show & Prove and Sgt at Arms for Hustlas Republic. In this day and age in the states no one is really looking for this type of music. Keep in mind the major market for hip hop now is 13-21 years of age. The true heads will look for this type of music but the non believers of this culture will overlook it and cop that Soulja boy shit. Word to this wise.. Right now now one is looking for the diamond D, pete Rock , Marley marl and Premier type of sound. Now get getit twisted you guys go oversees and will blow the fuck up . Oversees will love this album but the states are stuck in the Matrix. for emaple.. My dude Saigon..One of the best in this day and age is having such a hard time trying to drop his album. The majors are really and truely scared to go back to this sound which is why so many artist are going independent..That is not by choice but niggas gotta do wghatever to eat.. Thats just my opinion and I wish yall all the best and if there is anything I can help yall with just holla. You see I had to accept the times and recruited the best producers with the next sound and artist also becasue a brother like me gotta eat. im not selling out
    I just understand that game and it’s about feeding my fam and team. I’ll always respect the culture but the culture changes with the time..

  2. Chad…!! I didn’t see all this before..I only saw part of what you wrote from the admin side..
    I totally understand and agree-somewhat…There has to be us few heads that keeps this kind of music alive..We may not be able to eat off of it like commercial shit, but why do something that’s not natural to you..? If this is what you know and and what you truly feel why sell out? There are plenty of DOPE ass groups out there that are similar to the Diamond District crew (Slaughterhouse, Talib, Blu etc.) and remain underground AND there is a HUGE underground following still that says fuck Souljah Boy, Flo Rida and whatever other garbage us out there.
    Eventually these kids out here will realize that what they are listening to is garbage (unless they are pure retards) and hopefully be smart enough and care enough to go and dig for that real shit! If people like you and me give up then the wack shit will take over!


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