Baby Huey ‘The Living Legend’ / Diamond D ‘Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop’

Science dropped by Martini & Jopparelli. May-29-2007

If you followed Martini&Jopparelli’s since day one, you should have already seen this face.


On 24th October 2006 djmp45 wrote his first “Breaks” post (check it here).
“Hard Times”, James “Baby Huey” Raney…hope warmly you all got his hint.
Basically it’s hard talkin about feelings, music feelings indeed. I mean, listening a new album either a song is strictly personal; no one between you and this new sound coming out from the speakers. Sometimes what comes out is not only a sinusoidal waveform, but something that hit your heart.
Too sappy? Hey..spring days are bringing so much love in the air :)


You have the driving, gritty soul of “listen to me” & “hard times”, the funked-up psychedelic blues of “mighty mighty” & “runnin’” (which Mayfield wrote and later recorded but the Huey original is the definitive version), instrumental jams like “mama get yourself together” & “one dragon, two dragon” and, finally, you have what have to be two of the greatest cover versions ever recorded : his funked up version of “California Dreamin’” and his staggering 9 minute + version of Sam Cooke’s “a change is gonna come” which has to be heard to be believed.
Rap fiends should definately check this album as it’s been sampled to death over the years and “listen to me” was a party favorite back in the days of Bronx block parties in the 70′s.
“Hard Times” and the whole album indeed worth his weight in gold.


Joppa placed Diamond D in his “10 Most Underrated Rap Albums of the 90′s”, djmp45 in his “Top 10 Producers On The Mic”; don’t miss their posts so write his name in “search” space if you want to get them.

We’re definetely linkin up more entries than Wikipedia ;) !

Back in 1992 D came out with his debut album ‘Stunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop’, and blew everyone out the water. As some have said parts of this album sound its age these days but to me thats a beautiful thing. The hip hop of this era was the greatest and Diamond takes it back, especially the classic ‘Sally Got A One Track Mind’.
His jazzy type production also flowed all throughout the album as it shows on “Best Kept Secret” and “Check One Two”.


D’s career is more foot-marked on production side (tons of cooperations), but he had an ill flow too.
Ok Diamond’s lyrics, as we all know, weren’t exactly verbal pearls of wisdom but they were an ejoyable accompaniment to his dope beats.
Unlike many other Diggin In The Crates members, Diamond D’s rhymes were just about having fun in everyday life, and staying out of trouble. He didn’t weigh his rhymes on heavy drugs or shooting people. But along with being laid back, Diamond could also pull stunts as he shows in the song “Sally Got A One Track Mind” and “Confused” that you might like.

We’re diggin in the crates for you fellows, show us some love!


Listen Baby Huey “The Baby Huey Story – The Living Legend
Listen Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotic “Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop

Marty: If this is not enough, listen to “Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop” Instrumental

No Responses to “Baby Huey ‘The Living Legend’ / Diamond D ‘Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop’”

  1. mp45 says:

    simply two amazing albums.enough said.
    marty,ozzino:i’ll need your review of my mixtape that i gave joppa….i hope you’ll like it…
    sorry guys if i havent update the blog lately..still no connection at home…. anyway,i think you’re keep doing a great job!

  2. Adamoda says:

    Stunts. Blunts and Hip-Hop is still high on my list (not like there has been anything remotely classic in recent memory) of all time Hip-Hop favorites. The instrumentals were an excellent drop. And the story of Baby Huey is totally intriguing. I recently picked up a re-issue Lp. For me, I find it really amazing how ‘rock’ he was.

    One more note, there is more to ‘Stunts, Blunt’s’ than hearing Fat Joe before he became a pop star!

    “I can’t walk down the street, without hearing hey Diamond could you make me a beat?”