Rushden & Diamonds
© Brandon Dy Tang
Starting off their careers as young protégés to American hip-hop producer Kutmasta Kurt (collaborator with Kool Keith, Linkin Park, Beastie Boys), Rushden & Diamonds first got their start writing rhymes and making beats while digging in the crates of 1980's R&B and classical music. The duo’s early productions would eventually make their way onto Rushden & Diamonds' debut release 2010, a critically acclaimed double album hip-hopera which featured the likes of MC Paul Barman, Jacky Jasper, Dylan Ross (voicing under multiple aliases) and JUNO Award winners Elaine "Lil'Bit" Shepherd, Moka Only and more. Since the release of their debut album, Rushden & Diamonds have toured throughout Asia, Europe and North America, rocked festivals for hundred's of thousands of people and have shared stages with the likes of Black Sheep, Dilated Peoples, Dr. Octagon, KRS-One, Onyx and Slum Village.
In 2012 Rushden & Diamonds created 2 original songs for SEGA's cult classic video game, Anarchy Reigns. The songs Fast Lane and They Came From Underground produced by Naoto Tanaka (composer of the Mega Man X series, Bayonetta 2 and sound director of Metal Gear Rising Revengeance) quickly became the OST's break out singles. While channeling inspirations from their favourite retro music, action movies and video games, in 2020, Rushden & Diamonds released their official follow up to 2010 appropriately titled 2020 (Redux). The album featured Kool Keith, Kutmasta Kurt, Mega Ran, Moka Only and more.
In the summer of 2021, during a live stream broadcast, Platinum Games announced that Rushden & Diamonds would be a part of The Wonderful 101’s Remix Soundtrack. The song created for the soundtrack, Make it Pow! combines two original tracks from the game’s OST, rearranged and written to by Rushden & Diamonds. Originally composed by Akira Takizawa/Hiroshi Yamaguchi of Platinum Games, the tracks were recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London UK. Now, Rushden & Diamonds are gearing up to record an all new to be titled 12 track LP. The project will bring the duo back to their roots, pulling inspiration from classic hip hop and R&B records. The project will feature several notable guests and is slated for a first quarter 2023 release via Volunteer Media. Stay tuned.