Showbiz Keeps It 100 About The Emotions That Got In The Way Of D.I.T.C. Business (Video)
The Diggin’ In The Crates collective released their first album in more than 15 years in 2016. While Big L died in February of 1999, surviving members Lord Finesse, Showbiz, A.G., Diamond D, O.C. Fat Joe, and Buckwild came together for a reunion album in celebration of the group’s Bronx, New York studio. The effort followed a 2000 Tommy Boy Records album that compiled some of the celebrated work of the producer and MC squad known as leaders of sampling and punchline-based lyricism.
Between 2000 and 2016, there were a lot questions surrounding the status of Diggin’. Offshoots like Wild Life, A.G. & O.C., and others transpired. However, full participation lacked, despite several accounts of group recording.
Recently, producer and former MC Showbiz appeared on Sway In The Morning. With The Legion’s Molecules, the BX veteran and co-founder of Showbiz & A.G. addressed that issue. Just before 27:00, Sway asks him if D.I.T.C. ever officially hung it up in the past, and why.
Show first says “One thousand percent,” when asked if the crew disbanded. A moment later, he clarifies with far greater explanation: “It never was broke up, it was just that…I’ma just keep it 100: when you’re raised in the hood. I hate to say that; that sounds so [cliché]. But dog, when you’re raised without a father, and you raised with [only a mother], you start to deal with things in an emotional way instead of logic,” says the man who produced records for Big Pun, Bumpy Knuckles, KRS-One, and others. “Your father brings the logic to the table; your mother deal with emotions. So when you have guys that’s making business decisions and trying to learn how to be a man, dealing with life and the pressures of being an artist, that’s what breaks everybody up. It don’t be nothing that be one incident and all that. [Instead it was] dealing with emotions [and] dealing with other people that are in your ear at the same time…’cause they want a part of you too. They’re in your ear, and you’re making bad decisions when it comes to the people that you should value. You start feeling like you don’t even have to value the people like you did before you had this. See, when we all first got in the game, we didn’t care about money. We didn’t care about nothin’. We just wanted to do music. But when the money comes in and the labels come in and people come in, they start getting in your ear and they start playing a role in your decisions and in your mind-frame. So we ain’t never really break up, we just had different views on [things].”
Although he does not specify the factions of the group during the apparent hiatus, he acknowledges his setback in those 2000s challenges. “Me, I wanted to just be in the studio. I flew back from a few [D.I.T.C.] tours; that’s not my thing…Everybody just had different lanes of what they wanted to do, and what they didn’t want to do.”
#BonusBeat: The video single to “Hardcore” by Molecules & Showbiz, featuring Dres of Black Sheep:
This is from the collaborative album A Bronx Tale.