The Atlanta-Bronx duo of Dillon & Diamond D have come together to create an explosive and hard-hitting album titled "Uncut Gems." This collaboration represents the culmination of their nearly 15-year friendship and mutual admiration, which began with their previous collaboration on Dillon's impressive 2017 release, "Black Tie Affair." Reflecting on their journey and the decision to create another project, Dillon shares, "After continuing to work together and spending time together over the years, it was only natural to embark on another project and expand it into a full album." Diamond D echoes this sentiment, saying, "Dillon is a phenomenal emcee who not only has a deep understanding of the game but also embodies the essence of boom-bap. Our collaboration was a seamless blend."
The results speak volumes as "Uncut Gems" is a meticulously crafted and remarkably cohesive album. Dillon takes charge of the pacing with his commanding voice and thought-provoking lyrics, while Diamond D's production expertise shines throughout. This dynamic is evident right from the opening track, "Uncut Gems," where Dillon and Diamond D effortlessly share the mic over celebratory production. The album continues to impress with one standout track after another, including the high-energy banger "Comin' Out Swingin'," featuring the lyrical heavyweight Elzhi. Dillon considers it an honor to have Elzhi's presence on the album. Both artists also have personal favorites among the tracks. Diamond D is particularly fond of the uptempo and effortlessly delivered bars of "Pick Up the Pace," while Dillon gravitates towards "Turn the Heat Up" for its vintage DITC sound, complete with smooth rhymes and funky scratches. Additionally, Dillon takes on the role of DJ throughout the record. Although Dillon shines on his solo tracks, he is joined by a stellar lineup of guest artists, including Planet Asia, Ras Kass, Stacy Epps, and Slimkid3 of The Pharcyde. Their contributions further enhance the overall aesthetic of "Uncut Gems," which skillfully blends classic and modern elements, captivating listeners with its slick sound. The album is set to be released on vinyl, cassette (including bonus instrumentals), and various streaming platforms on Tuesday, June 6th, courtesy of FULL PLATE. One of the highlights from "Uncut Gems" is the electrifying single "Comin' Out Swingin'" featuring Elzhi. This high-energy track showcases the undeniable chemistry between Dillon and Elzhi, as they rise to the occasion set by the title. Produced entirely by the legendary Diamond D, who lends his expertise to the entire album, the beat is both funky and anthemic, providing the perfect backdrop for these skilled emcees to deliver their powerful verses. Fans can show their support by streaming "Comin' Out Swingin'" on their preferred platform and by pre-ordering "Uncut Gems" through Bandcamp. The album will be available on DSPs, vinyl, and cassette (including bonus instrumentals) starting June 6th via FULL PLATE. Exciting bundle packages, including physical copies and t-shirts, are also available for pre-order. Dillon & Diamond D's "Uncut Gems" is an unmissable album that effortlessly blends their individual talents and shared passion for the craft. The duo's collaborative effort is a testament to their artistic chemistry and their ability to create music that resonates with fans of both classic and contemporary hip-hop. Be sure to mark your calendars for June 6th and experience the raw power of "Uncut Gems."