One-third of Diamond District discusses his region's music scene, as well as what's next for his group.
With the recent release of his sophomore set The Earn, Diamond District's yU is mindful of what his most recent project means to him.
In a recent interview with KevinNottingham.com, the DMV emcee breaks down his release, while keeping one eye focused on the future.
"For the most part, I wanted to put something out there to represent the place that I was in," said yU of the album. "For the past like three, four years, it’s been a rough road and I’m glad to say that I made it through all of the things I was going through and [the record] is a reflection of that. Musically I wanted to show a growth past Before Taxes and I wanted to step up a little bit. I wanted the quality to improve over time…I didn’t want to do a drastic, like, go-all-in [record] with a million-dollar studio and that would be the first thing you hear. I wanted to grow up to an elevated sound and I felt like it did that."
yU also discussed Diamond District's next slew of moves. "2012 is going to be a very busy year. The Earn comes out, then next year we are looking at about five projects solo-wise, then Diamond District’s March on Washington."
"Next year we also got the 1978ers project, an EP from myself and Oddisee, another project with the cat who produced [The Earn’s] “Write On,” his name is Usef Dinero from Pittsburgh," he explained. "We got one project ready called Flying High which is a free download, and we’re gonna do something new also. Halloween of next year, I’m doing a project called Killer and recently I just put out a Garbage Beat Tape, the introduction for another instrumental album coming through Mello Music Group next year. So, a busy year."