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

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


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