O.C. Confirms D.I.T.C. Recording Sophomore Album, Big L Inspired Reunion
Exclusive: With the exception of one Bronx member, Diggin' In The Crates is in the lab recording. O.C. tells HipHopDX that Big L's wishes were a driving force in the reunion.
Brooklyn, New York emcee O.C. is one of the founding members of the Diggin' In The Crates Crew (a/k/a D.I.T.C.), a 1990s collective compromised of Lord Finesse, Show (a/k/a Showbiz), A.G., Diamond D, Buckwild, Fat Joe and the late Big L. Last week, O.C. confirmed to HipHopDX that the New Yorkers are recording a follow-up to 2000's self-titled album.
During an interview last week regarding O.C. & Apollo Brown's Trophies album (releasing May 1), O revealed, "I don't mean to jump the gun on this, but I had to stop writing and call you, because we just started on a new Diggin' [In The Crates] album. We're seven [songs] deep already. We're a blueprint to a lot of crews - they might not say it or they might, but we are. We sat down, we aired out our grievances, argued, whatever. Show said one particular thing that struck a chord with me. He was like, 'It's been 15 years since [Big] L been gone. This dude would turn over in his grave if he knew that we left the legacy lingering and not did more than what we should have done. Period."
Big L, who was tragically murdered in February 1999 was an instrumental force in the group who worked extensively on each others' solo albums. "If he's lookin' down or he's a spirit lingering around us, he's probably like, 'Y'all some assholes. Y'all had a legacy. Y'all gonna let it slip like that?'" With Show making the point, O.C. said that the living members of the crew came to terms on making a sophomore studio album, "We aired it out," said O, before noting one member yet to reunite. "The only one who is [not yet] on board is [Fat Joe]."
In 2010, Fat Joe expressed interest in a reunion, telling HipHopDX, "I've never had an argument with Lord Finesse in my life. I've never had an argument with A.G., O.C., Showbiz - none of them. We've never had an argument in our lives, but I'm like, 'What the fuck is up, why am I stressin' myself?' I'm tryin' to get shit poppin', but everybody got their own opinion or their own way of lookin' at it. I guess that's how that went down." The announcement also comes just over a year after Showbiz declared the group a "wrap" to HipHopDX: "With D.I.T.C., [a reunion is] not gonna happen. It’s a wrap."
O.C. added that much of D.I.T.C.'s forthcoming album is being recorded in Show's room at HeadCourterz Studio, where the group has worked for many years.
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