Diamond D Reimagines East Flatbush Project's "Tried by 12" on the Remix of Blu & Nottz's "Boyz II Men"

Even when the beat's minimal, Diamond D renders it a beautiful use of negative space.

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Jun 3 2014, 6:35pm

East Flatbush Project's "Tried by 12" is one of the greatest instrumentals of all time, illustrating the power of the adage "do less." Because really, there's nothing to it—just a few terse, plucked strings, and drums as sparse as the streets of East Flatbush on an ominous night. It's one of the indelible, undeniable beats in underground hip-hop, so it's only fitting that Diamond D dug in the crates to retrofit Blu & Nottz's "Boyz II Men," off of their Gods in the Spirit EP. By bushwacking Nottz's original, lush instrumental, Diamond D foregrounds the fact that when in prime form, Blu needs nary a beat to keep you listening. Even when the beat is barely nothing, Diamond D renders it a beautiful use of negative space. The remix comes as an iTunes bonus track to Coalmine Records' ten-year anniversary compilation which you should buy on, uh, iTunes.

@drewmillard