TRACK LISTING 00 Intro 01 Streets Wont Let Me Chill 02 Who I Be 03 Back To Basics 04 I Mean Business 05 Get In Line 06 In The Ruff 07 The Shining 08 The District 09 Make It Clear 10 Off The Late Night 11 Let Me Explain 12 First Time
In The Ruff is the highly anticipated debut album from new DC hip hop group "The Diamond District", created by state veterans Oddisee, X.O. & YU. In The Ruff is the answer for any lover of hip hop who asks the question - “Where did that grimy East coast sound go?”
The group was founded by rapper/ producer Oddisee, who has a long list of production & collaboration credits with the likes of Freeway, Talib Kweli, Saigon, Little Brother, Trek Life, Charles Hamilton, Jazzy Jeff, Buck Shot, Royce the 5'9'', Nikki Jean, Muhsinah, J-Live, Lil Fame of MOP, Skyzoo and many more. Oddisee's soulful, haunting samples over bass-heavy beat breaks create the perfect instrumentals for him, XO & YU to match with their street savvy, politically conscious lyrics.
"The ware wolves wear wool suits, be ware of them..." -YU
In The Ruff is a raw mid-90's Boom-Bap themed album for the DC state of mind, destined to appeal to all lovers of hip hop's golden era, managing to travel back in time and push the boundaries of DC Hip-Hop simultaneously.
The Diamond District introduced themselves to the world this spring, with the first single "Who I Be" which dropped on March 17 2009, followed by the second single "I Mean Business" March 31 2009. The full album "In The Ruff" is now available for free download from their site http://www.diamondistrictdmv.com on April 14, 2009 or through the links below.
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