Diamond D

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Diamond D
Jmil and Diamond D at A3C in Atlanta-cropped.jpg
Brooklyn, New York
Background information
Born (1969-01-29) January 29, 1969 (age 45)
Bronx, New York City,[citation needed] U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Producer-MC
Instruments Keyboard
Drum machine
Years active 1988–present
Labels Chemistry/Mercury/PolyGram Records
Diamond Mine Records
Babygrande Records

Diamond D (born Joseph Kirkland; January 29,[1] 1969) is a hip hop producer and MC from the Bronx, New York City, and one of the founding members of the legendary Diggin' in the Crates Crew.[2]


He started out as a DJ for Jazzy Jay back in the late 1980s and was at the same time perfecting his skills in beat making and turntablism, and, together with rhyme partner Master Rob, he was one half of the group Ultimate Force. The group signed with Jazzy Jay's Strong City Records, and Diamond and Rob started recording their debut album, I'm Not Playin', in 1988 and released the 12-inch single with the same title, which spawned a buzz in the underground. The album was completed in 1990, but it got caught up in label politics, such as the shutdown of Strong City distributor Uni Records, and was shelved until 2007 when it was released through Traffic Entertainment. One of the last songs recorded for the album was a Diamond D solo song in which he actually picked up the mike for the first time. The song was called "The Best-Kept Secret." As Ultimate Force dissolved, record executives got their eyes on the Bronx phenomenon, which eventually resulted in the release of Diamond's debut album, Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop (released under the moniker Diamond & the Psychotic Neurotics), in 1992. The album is considered to be one of the finest D.I.T.C. solo LPs and features early appearances from Big L and Fat Joe, the latter of whose 1993 debut album, Represent, was mainly produced by Diamond D.[2]

From then, he went on to produce for multiple hip hop and R&B artists listed below in the discography.

In 1996, Diamond D appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD America is Dying Slowly alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, and Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip hop artists. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as a masterpiece by The Source magazine. In 1996 He won a Grammy for his production contribution on The Fugees LP The Score

Diamond's second album, Hatred, Passions and Infidelity, was released in 1997 to mixed but mostly positive reviews. Following the release, Diamond established his name as a sought-after producer after providing impressive beats for hip hop legends such as Busta Rhymes, Fugees, KRS-One, Queen Latifah, the Pharcyde, and Brand Nubian, among others. He is regarded as one of the first hip hop producers to work with artists on both the east and west coasts. Since then, he released the independent street album Grown-Man Talk, the official mixtape compilation The Diamond Mine, and provided contributions to his D.I.T.C. cohorts' projects including the crew's self-titled 2000 debut album on Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records.[2]

In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy award for co-production on Natalie Cole's cover of Aretha Franklin's "Day Dreaming"

In 2008 Diamond signed with Babygrande Records. His fourth album, titled The Huge Hefner Chronicles, was released in October 2008, and unlike previous efforts, the LP showed Diamond focus more on his rhymes, as production was handled by other respected underground beat makers such as Nottz, DJ Scratch, Ill Mind, Def Jef, and Jesse West.

In 2010, he produced “Shine,” the first single from Pharoahe Monch's LP W.A.R. (We Are Renengades).

In July 2013, he confirmed that he was recording a new album called The Diam Piece. Both Sean Price and Rapsody are to be featured on the record.



Album information
Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop
  • Released: September 22, 1992
  • Billboard 200 chart position: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #47
  • Singles: "Best Kept Secret"/"Freestyle (Yo, That's That Shit)," "Sally Got a One-Track Mind"/"Check One, Two," "Fuck What U Heard"/"I'm Outta Here"
Hatred, Passions and Infidelity
  • Released: August 26, 1997
  • Billboard 200 chart position: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #40
  • Singles: "The Hiatus"/"No Wonduh (The Projects)," "J.D.'s Revenge"/"This One"
Grown Man Talk
  • Released: 2003
  • Billboard 200 chart position: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -
  • Singles:
The Diamond Mine
  • Released: 2005
  • Billboard 200 chart position: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -
  • Singles:
I'm Not Playin' (as part of Ultimate Force)
  • Released: June, 2007
  • Billboard 200 chart position: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -
  • Singles: "I'm Not Playing", "Girls/I'm In Effect/Supreme Diamond D"
The Huge Hefner Chronicles
  • Released: 2008
  • Billboard 200 chart position: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -
  • Singles:
The Diam Piece
  • Released: August 26, 2014[3]
  • Billboard 200 chart position: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -
  • Singles: "Rap Life"

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"One for the Money"
(Royce da 5'9" featuring Skillz and Diamond D)
2012 TBA



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