The Bronx will always be known as the place where hip hop was born, and those who were there when it was in its infancy continue to rep it to this day. The immense production style that BX’s very own Diamond D possesses is a good example of the kind of love that is shown for the art. Over the course of more than three decades, he has been developing the authentic old school boom bap hip hop sound, and his most recent album, Diam Piece 2, stays faithful to this legacy.
Diamond produced the tracks, which featured some of the most talented MCs in the music world, such as Fat Joe, Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, and others, and allowed the rappers that he looks up to spit the truth. Other featured artists included. Obviously, it wouldn’t be fair to the music man or the rapper if he didn’t get any bars to show off his skills, know what I mean? But because there are so many ill word spitters to select from, he has chosen his BX bredren Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz (yep, the Gunz from VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop) to shine with A-Kash on his new single “Maintaining.”
The video, which appears to be set in the middle of the Bronx and on some steps leading up to a brick housing unit, shouts of the importance of kicking rhymes to your fellas while drinking on that brown liquor (I have a feeling that the bottle of brown liquor that they are sharing is Henny, folks…). The verbal and comedic acuity of Tariq has not diminished. The fact that he only has a hint of gray and white in his beard demonstrates how beautifully he has matured. Legends Sadat X and Grandmaster Caz both appeared in cameo roles, making this event extremely formal.
Check out the music video for “Maintaining“.