Throwback Thursday: Diamond D & The Psychotic Neurotics – Best Kept Secret [Music Video]

From 1992 Album: “Stunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop”…

Diamond D is a hip hop producer and MC from The Bronx, New York City and one of the founding members of legendary NY crew D.I.T.C. He started out as a DJ for Jazzy Jay back in the early 1980s and was at the same time perfecting his skills in beat making and turntableism, and together with rhyme partner MC Rob he was one half of the group Ultimate Force. The group got signed by Jazzy Jay and Diamond and Rob started recording their debut album in 1988 and released the 12″ single “I’m Not Playing” which spawned a buzz in the underground. The album with the same title was completed in 1990 but eventually got scrapped by the label and didn’t see a release until 2007.

One of the songs recorded for the album was a Diamond D solo song where he actually picked up the mic 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 produced by Diamond D.

Diamond’s sophomore release, Hatred, Passions and Infidelity, was released in 1997 to critical acclaim, and since then he released the independent album Grown Man Talk and the official mixtape/compilation The Diamond Mine. Diamond has also produced tracks for a wide range of hip-hop legends such as Fugees, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Brand Nubian, and contributions to his D.I.T.C. cohorts’ projects including the crew’s self-titled 2000 debut album on Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records.

In 2008 Diamond signed with Babygrande Records. His fourth album, called The Huge Hefner Chronicles, was released in October 2008, which featured production from Illmind, Nottz, Jake One, and Diamond himself.