macedonia on 10/09/2010 at 12:37PM
If you like your hip-hop rough, rugged, and real, make sure to keep tabs on Diamond District. Based in Washington, D.C., their debut album In The Ruff has been catching the ears of those that lean towards the '90s production style of the genre. Longtime producer Oddisee is joined by X.O. and YU on the microphone, each spitting gritty rhymes over grimy beats reflective of present-day D.C.
Back in May of 2010, Diamond District visited the studios of KEXP for a live session. "The Shining" is a good representation of what you can expect from their album. As for Oddisee, his work ethic is tireless, constantly creating instrumentals you can't help but snap your neck to. For further proof, make sure to stop by his Bandcamp page and take a listen to his Odd Season EPs and particularly his Traveling Man album...