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Epilogue 02:07

about

Starting off their careers as young protege’s to the legendary hip-hop producer Kutmasta Kurt, Rushden & Diamonds first got their start writing rhymes and making beats while digging in the crates of 1980’s rnb and royal orchestral music. The duo’s early productions would eventually make their way onto R&D’s debut release “2010”, a critically acclaimed double album hip-hopera which featured the likes of MC Paul Barman, Moka Only, Dylan Ross (Rozz Dyliams) voicing as an alias and more. Since the release of their debut album, R&D have toured together throughout Europe, Asia and North America, rocked festivals for hundred's of thousands of people and have shared stages with the likes of Dilated Peoples, Dr. Octagon, Slum Village, Black Sheep, Retrogott plus many others. Aside from some notable features over the years with artists such as Dylan Ross (Rozz Dyliams), Kool Keith and Mega Ran, in 2012 R&D created 2 original songs for Sega's cult classic video game title "Anarchy Reigns". The songs Fast Lane and They Came From Underground which were produced by Naoto Tanaka (acclaimed composer of the Mega Man X series) quickly became the soundtrack’s break out singles. Now, while channeling inspirations from their favorite retro music, video games, and action movie culture, Rushden & Diamonds' bring you their highly anticipated follow up to “2010” appropriately titled "2020".

2010 is a genre-bending double concept album that plays out like an audio comic book. 2010 tells the story of both Michael Rushden and Karl Lord Edward Diamonds who embark on a musical journey set in an alternate not-too distant future. In the spirit of Flight Of The Conchords and Mamma-Mia!, Rushden & Diamonds: 2010 is a modern day opera, "hip hopera", fusing both hip-hop music and a dramatic yet humorous storyline. As the story progresses through the albums skits and character sketches, the songs reveal themselves as high points. In October 2010, writer for HipHopDX Andres Vasquez cited the album 2010 to be "similar to Prince Paul's A Prince Among Thieves".

credits

released August 10, 2010

Executive Producer: Karl Lord Edward Diamonds
All Tracks Produced by Karl Lord Edward Diamonds
Written by Karl Lord Edward Diamonds, Michael Rushden & Davidson Starr
Cuts By: Kutmasta Kurt, DJ Panakronic
Bass Guitar: H. Stone
Mixed & Mastered by Karl Lord Edward Diamonds
Additional Mixing by Kutmasta Kurt, Bryan White & J. Thorn
Artwork by MIKE

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Rushden & Diamonds Vancouver, British Columbia

Inspired by the video games and action movie culture of the 80’s and 90’s, Rushden & Diamonds' conceptual blend of hip-hop is ready to take over the world, and they won't be taking any prisoners!

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