Diamond D & O.C.’s Freestyle Makes D.I.T.C. Say “Yo, That’s That ish” (Audio)
Diggin’ In The Crates, better known as D.I.T.C., has been a unit for more than 20 years. However, since the 2000s, the New York City producer and MC collective has been building individual careers, including Fat Joe’s platinum rise, a slew of O.C. cult-championed LPs, and the ongoing celebration of the life and artistry of the late Big L.
This week, all of the living members of D.I.T.C. (save for A.G., who is recording A Taste Of Ambrosia in Japan), appeared on Tony Touch’s Toca Tuesdays radio show. There, Tony reveals that his Bushwick, Brooklyn brother O.C. was the first artist to set off a trademark of his mixtapes. “O.C. is the first artist to ever freestyle on one of my tapes,” shares Toca of his #42 tape (see below). He adds that he considers the Bronx-based squad in his Top 5 all-time groups. When they were Tommy Boy Records label-mates, Diggin’ (and the late Party Arty) appeared on Tony’s breakthrough The Piece Maker album.
The gang discusses the second official D.I.T.C. album, which is preordering as bundles now. By the 13:00 mark, Tony Touch makes a symbolic gesture, as O.C. comes on to freestyle. While Lord Finesse freestyled on Tony’s show alongside Redman in 2015, the crew gives way to “O Cizzle,” who comes back around for an encore verse filled with wise wordplay. Then, as Tony switches the beat to a Group Home instrumental classic (and the gang can be heard singing the lyrics to the sample’s original ode). Then, Diamond D comes in to body the freestyle, leaving the whole crew going, “Yo, that’s that shit.”
#BonusBeat: Catch a 1995, Wild Pitch Records-era O.C. appearing on Tony Touch’s Tape #42 alongside The Arsonists’ D-Stroy: