Diamond D Chose A D.R.U.G.S BEATS Instrumental For His New Album — Here’s a 19-Track Playlist
For Grammy-nominated producer D.R.U.G.S BEATS, cranking out quality instrumentals has become second nature. “Honestly, I’m a dude that really just don’t leave my house,” he told me when I spoke to him in the spring of 2017. “I sit off in one room and make beats all day. That’s just what I do. It’s just like brushing my teeth.”
His consistent output has led to an abundant back-catalog and staggering number of beats awaiting proper placement. “It’s nothing for me to make damn near 20, 25 beats in a week,” D.R.U.G.S told me.
Like many modern producers, D.R.U.G.S isn’t merely waiting for rappers to pick beats from his stash — he’s controlling his catalog and taking matters into his own hands. In addition to seeking album placements, D.R.U.G.S has released two instrumental albums with he LA-based Street Corner Music label, with the decision paying immediate dividends. Not long after Street Corner Music dropped The Gift: Volume Ten, Dr. Dre caught wind of the project and used one of the songs for “Darkside/Gone” on his Compton album. And just two years later Dre and Aftermath came knocking again, this time for a yet-to-be announced project.
“I sit off in one room and make beats all day. That’s just what I do. It’s just like brushing my teeth.”
For D.R.U.G.S, the mission seems to be to get his music out into the world and let audiences and potential collaborators discover it in their own time. “You never know who’s listening,” he told me in one of our earlier interviews. “There’s some kid out in Idaho or Iowa who’s really bumping your beat tape hard and it’s getting them trough some troubles. Hopefully we inspire many.”
The words “you never know who’s listening” proved to be somewhat prophetic when D.R.U.G.S compiled an exclusive, nonstop instrumental mix for Micro-Chop in early June of 2017. Unbeknownst to him (or me), Diamond D wound up listening to the mix. He was immediately taken with the intro beat and decided to use it for his upcoming album, recently premiering it at a live show.
Both the story of Dr. Dre discovering him through his Street Corner Music work and Diamond D choosing one of his beats from a free instrumental set should serve as a powerful reminder to producers. The more opportunities you give people to discover your work, the greater the chances are that you’ll build meaningful collaborative relationships. And though working with someone like Diamond D or Dr. Dre might seem like an impossible dream, if you keep putting out quality work they just might catch wind of it.
“You never know who’s listening. There’s some kid out in Idaho or Iowa who’s really bumping your beat tape hard and it’s getting them trough some troubles.”
To celebrate D.R.U.G.S’ recent success I handpicked 19 top-shelf instrumentals from his catalog and organized them into a Spotify playlist. If you dig what you hear, make sure to check out his other collaborative efforts with Fatt Father and ILLPO.
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