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MP3: Diamond District Releases Pre-Album Mixtape DJ Buddy Laces Together Diamond Exchange Mixtape In Preparation For In The Ruff’s October 27th Release

MP3: Diamond District Releases Pre-Album Mixtape DJ Buddy Laces Together Diamond Exchange Mixtape In Preparation For In The Ruff’s October 27th Release

The Mixtape:

Gearing up for their October 27th release of In The Ruff, DMV’s Diamond District is leaking a twelve-track mixtape compiled by DJ Buddy. Featuring four songs from the upcoming album along with a mix of each of the group member’s solo work, these tracks all come together to comprise the Diamond Exchange Mixtape with all of the tracks laced together seamlessly with cuts and transitions courtesy of DJ Buddy, who states, “I mulled it over with my mom and we decided Diamond District is the definitive hip-hop group of today.” Returning the compliment, group producer/emcee, Oddisee, speaks highly of DJ Buddy and his involvement in putting the mixtape together, saying, “DJ buddy is great and in all honesty this mixtape is all him. He’s an actually fan and supporter of our music and movement. The mixtape was actually DJ Buddy’s idea and he presented the idea to us. We’re fans of a lot of his remixes, so it was in honor to be included in his series.” Each of the tracks throws the spotlight onto one of the group’s members, letting them each showcase their talent, including the track “In the Jungle,” which features a purely instrumental performance by Oddisee. Although a pre-album mixtape, don’t let it throw you that a handful of these songs are not on the album – not one of them lacks in the high quality production or deft lyrics that the group has become known for.

The Background:

The group Diamond District is comprised of emcee/producer Oddisee, and emcees X.O. and YU. Greatly influenced by their surroundings and love for 90’s east coast hip-hop, Diamond District is on a mission to bring back the sounds of old with a new twist and represent for the DMV. X.O. who was born & raised in the North West quarter of D.C. defines what it is to be a black male raised in the district. With lyrics that depict street life and harsh surroundings, X.O. has a way of philosophizing that raw, gutter reality of DC life that is rarely looked at or spoken about when we discuss our nation’s capitol. Oddisee defines the experience of growing up in black middle class Maryland. Bordering the poverty that his and many other families fled to escape, they found out over time that the troubles of the inner city came along with them. Oddisee’s soulful, haunting samples over bass-heavy beat breaks create the perfect instrumentals for Diamond District to match the street savvy, politically conscious lyrics that capture the dynamic of being from the DMV. Y.U., having been raised in the district, Maryland & Virginia, brings that extra variety to the group and shows that D.C. culture has a huge influence beyond its 10 mile radius. Being that YU has lived in all areas of the DMV, his lyrics and stories compliment the rest of the group and define what it means to be from the DMV. In The Ruff, which will be released October 27th via Mello Music Group, will be the group’s debut album and is poised to become the official soundtrack for the DMV region.

About Mello Music Group:

Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, and YU in 2010. http://www.myspace.com/mellomusicgroup

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Diamond Exchange Mixtape

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