– Diggin’ in the Crates Crew flooded the streets with the September 1992 release of both Diamond D’s Stunts, Blunts, and Hip-Hop and Showbiz and A.G.’s Runaway Slave.
The Diggin’ in the Crates Crew is undoubtedly one of hip-hop’s most talented and influential hip-hop collectives. Formed back in 1990 by Lord Finesse, the group eventually grew to include Diamond D, Showbiz and A.G., Buckwild, Fat Joe, O.C., and the late Big L. On September 22, 1992, however, D.I.T.C. invaded the rap game in dramatic fashion with the release of debut albums from two of their acts: Stunts, Blunts, and Hip-Hop by Diamond D. and Runaway Slave by Showbiz and A.G.
D.I.T.C. was highly regarded for their phenomenal production (hence their name referring to the search for old records to use for sampling) and these two albums were great examples of their skills. Runaway Slave, for example, was produced solely by Showbiz except for two tracks, which were co-produced with Diamond D. Diamond D. also handled the production for his entire project with co-production credits being given to Showbiz, The 45 King, Large Professor, Sadat X, Jazzy Jay, and Q-Tip.
Beyond the superstar production, both albums also showcased the masterful lyricism and songwriting capabilities of these D.I.T.C. members. Album singles, “Best Kept Secret” and “Sally Got a One Track Mind” by Diamond D flaunt such abilities with both tracks earning a spot on the Billboard charts. Diamond D. also showcases his storytelling skills on a number of tracks, but maybe none better than “I’m Outta Here” featuring Showbiz. Similarly, Showbiz and A.G. show off many of the same skills while also infusing important educational and motivational concepts in tracks like “Runaway Slave” and “Hold Ya Head”.
The guest appearances on both projects are also something to be excited about. Diamond D. called on Fat Joe, Brand Nubian, and more for verses. Showbiz and A.G. on the other hand, had features from Diamond D., Dres, Lord Finesse, and Big L who made his first official album appearance on Showbiz and A.G.’s “Represent”.
With albums by Diamond D. and Showbiz and A.G. being released in the same day, it goes without saying that Diggin’ in the Crates Crew tried and succeeded at asserting their dominance. In fact, they were so dominant that you can still vibe to the beats today. Not to mention, you will probably be smacked in the face with some unexpectedly vicious lyrics when they hit your eardrum.
Go ahead and hit “play”. Like many others, you may find that these artists are greatly underrated and understated.
Written by DJ Robinson