#HHIBH /// 004: D.I.T.C. & Rah Digga

D.I.T.C. (Diggin in the Crates Crew) comprises Lord Finesse (Robert Hall), Diamond D, O.C., Fat Joe (Joe Cartagena), Big L (Lamont Coleman), and Showbiz (Rodney Lemay) & A.G. (Andre Barnes). Diggin in the crates refers to DJs trying to find rare vinyl recordings to sample or use in their instrumentals and sets. Lord Finesse initially wanted to DJ but Diamond D and Showbiz convinced him to Rap. A.G. and Finesse met in a battle during high school. After the “Funky Technicians” got heavy buzz in the streets it was not a financial success. Later, Big L was discovered and “Runaway Slave” made D.I.T.C. official and DJ Premier joined the crew. D.I.T.C. is the first Hip Hop super-producer collective. Producing A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Low End Theory”, “The Score” for The Fugees, and Fat Joe’s debut album “Represent”. Mos Def, KRS-One, Pharoahe Monch projects were produced by Diamond D. Lord Finesse toured with Ice-T as a part of the Rhyme Syndicate and produced for artists such as Dr. Dre, The Notorious B.I.G., and Capone-N-Noreaga. Showbiz and A.G.

 

Rah Digga (Rashia Fisher) is one of the most talented emcees in the game. Known as a member of Flipmode Squad Digga attended NJ Institute of Technology and studied electrical engineering before taking on Rap full time. Initially performing as a member of Twice the Flavor as the only woman in Da Outsidaz. She created a demo and it got into the hands of Q-Tip and she was invited to perform at the Lyricist Lounge in NY. Q-Tip signed Digga to Elektra but had to give the project to Busta Rhymes. In 2000 after being featured on tracks with The Fugees and a Flipmode Squad album she released her debut album “Dirty Harriet”. Named for the iconic Harriett Tubman Digga explains she wanted to lead other female emcees to realize they don’t have to be hyper sexualized to make music. With slim guest appearances her album was praised by the underground and the commercial Rap scenes. Rah Digga continues to rhyme and is still sharper than a lot of her male counterparts.