Diamonds : Beauty and the Beats
Interview conducted by: Todd Davis
Street, but all the way sexy, best describes rap musics latest starlet, Lucy Diamonds. Born and bred in Houston, Texas, the 23 year old femme fatale is destined for greatness. She has already aligned herself with super-producer, and industry vet, Teddy Riley, and is also freshly signed to Jay-Zs brand new digital imprint. And, if those two big moves werent major enough, add to that her most recent connection with Aftermath in-house beat-smith, Focus [The Game, Beyonce], who laced her forthcoming lead banger, Project Jerusalem (See The Truth), and one might get just a little better idea as to what Lucy Diamonds true potential in Hip-Hop could really be
Do you remember your earliest exposure to music?
Lucy Diamonds: It began like every typical girl, dreaming big. I used to sing into my hairbrush like it was a microphone, and wrap blankets around myself pretending I was all dressed up and performing for so many people. Ive always had a strong passion for music, and my family was a big influence on that.
You mention that your family was a big influence on your career, so did you have any others that inspired you?
Lucy Diamonds: Honestly, probably just my mother. My mother is very musically gifted, and had me in piano lessons since I was four. She was always very encouraging of my artistic passions. She kept a lot of musical instruments in the house; piano, drums, guitars, you name it. Then in school, I was in band for years. So, I was always surrounded by music.
Did you always know that this would be your calling?
Lucy Diamonds: At 17 I dropped out of public school and home-schooled my senior year, so I could travel and pursue a career in music. That was when I really began developing a sound that would take years to really come forth.
How did the name Lucy Diamonds actually come to fruition?
Lucy Diamonds: It was the first name that came to mind, and at the time the song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, by The Beatles, was playing in the room. It just sort of stuck. I didnt choose the name really, the name chose me.
How would you best sum up your sound?
Lucy Diamonds: A totally original sound. I like to fuse so many elements of so many genres (that) it makes something completely new.
Now tell me how you wound up getting with Teddy, and eventually Blaklite Entertainment?
Lucy Diamonds: I initially met Teddy Riley a few years back. I drove from Tampa, Florida, to see him out in Los Angeles, and it was a great meeting. But, as far as working together, it just wasnt the right time. Now, Ive met up with him again through his company Buck and a Dream, and were getting everything underway for a successful relationship.
How instrumental has Teddy & Greg 4orty Bowmans Buck and a Dream venture been for your burgeoning career?
Lucy Diamonds: Very. Its the reason I met with Teddy Riley for the 2nd time, and the reason for the opportunity I have of working with him now.
How much involvement will Mr. Riley have on your upcoming solo record?
Lucy Diamonds: On this first debut, not so much. I plan on working with Teddy on the next album. Were actually in talks on the production. This debut is more personal. When the whole Diamonds/Riley mash-up happens, it will be more of a collective effort. However, Teddys companies, like Blaklite Entertainment, are involved in all the business decision making.
Is your debut still entitled, Poor Dream Redemption?
Lucy Diamonds: Actually, the name is now 9 Rooms in The Black Hotel. After giving a new feel and new life to the project, we had to give it a new title as well. The project has grown so much now that its not about redemption anymore. Its more about the changes that have happened, both to me and the music, and the blessings and battles that accompany it.
Production-wise then, who did you work with on 9 Rooms in The Black Hotel?
Lucy Diamonds: I am involved in everything from inception to creation, to editing to mixing, to even just sitting in on mixing and mastering sessions. I am present and participating in everything. Since one of my main producers, Geenome, is overseas, its a little difficult to really be hands on with what he adds. So, I let what he creates first inspire what I write, and add later. Id get the music from Geenome and lay all the vocals and mix it out, then go back and dump it into my laptop where I can chop it up with Pro Tools and Cakewalk. Jon Hay and I added all the additional production ourselves in a vibe-y hotel room on my Cakewalk program. I wanted cutting and scratching throughout the whole album, but didnt have enough time to send it to my deejay. So, I collected all the cuts I had from Grandmaster Roc Raida, since we did a few songs together that never came out, and I pieced them all throughout the album. So, if you dont like them, blame me! Like I said, Im very involved with the creative process, start to finish.
Any cameo appearances to look out for?
Lucy Diamonds: Aasim, from Bad Boy, Paolo Rustichelli, and Steve Sundholm -- Steve had Corey Britz from multi-platinum rock group The Calling play on the album, too.
What are some of your other goals and plans in entertainment?
Lucy Diamonds: Aside from music, I love to just write. I write poetry, short stories, anything really. Im putting out a book next year. Also, Blak, of Blaklite Entertainment, is trying to cast me in a play in Detroit. Were also looking at scripts because Id absolutely love to do movies.
What is it that most people would be surprised to know about you?
Lucy Diamonds: I really dont know. If you listen to the music, you should know who Lucy Diamonds is. Everything I experience and feel goes into the music, so thats really the best way to get to know me!
What do you enjoy doing outside of music?
Lucy Diamonds: Reading the bible or ministering. I try to spend a lot of time in the Word, and give as much of myself as I can to God.
Biggest career moment so far?
Lucy Diamonds: Finally finishing the album. Its been finished so many times now, but then wed always go back and change things, change directions, too many kinds of changes. But, its finally officially finished, and its officially getting released!
Do you see yourself still doing this, maybe, ten years from now?
Lucy Diamonds: (Yeah, still) doing the same thing I do now -- Using music to make an impact on peoples lives, and spreading the gospel.
Whats up next for you, Lucy?
Lucy Diamonds: A few mix-tapes and singles here and there, but the focus for me has really been my own project. Gary Meeks on my management team just got me a tour bus, so were all really excited about hitting the road.