cocks and loads
9 Pistolas album
Set To Drop 03/19
Insane Clown Posseís longtime guitarist/vocalist/homie discusses his fresh new debut album!
Legz Diamond is as much a part of the Insane Clown Posse universe as facepaint and Faygo. For most of the Clownsí 20+ year career, Legz has been a major part of their scene, usually laying down awesome vocals and blistering guitar work on such classic songs as ďEvil EyeĒ and ďSuper Balls.Ē In the mid-Ď90s, Legz was even scheduled to release a solo album but it never came to fruition. But that was then, this is now and Legz Diamond has finally claimed the spotlight for himself with his debut album 9 Pistolas, a devastating concept album about a Prohibition era Detroit gangsterís rise to criminal power.
Backed by Psychopathic artists Jumpsteady and Sugar Slam, who are credited as the Purple Gang, Legz Diamond takes the listener through a dangerous time in American history when organized crime ruled the streets and where just having a bottle of bathtub gin stashed away in your cupboard could find you looking down the business end of a Tommy gun.
Produced entirely by ICP and scheduled to drop on March 19, 2013, 9 Pistolas is a vice-laden musical journey that is certain to entertain and provoke. We caught up with Legz Diamond himself to discuss this exciting new album.
Hatchet Herald: Youíve worked with ICP and Psychopathic just about from the very beginning of their career. How did you get hooked up with them?
Legz Diamond: I was working with Mike E. Clark doing some recording at his basement studio, The Fun House. He was working on the Riddle Box album with ICP at the time and they asked me if I would be interested in contributing something to that project. I jumped all over it because I was a huge ICP fan.
HH: What was the first thing you worked on with ICP?
Legz Diamond: I did the spoken word part on ďEvil Eye.Ē From there, my working relationship with ICP just blossomed. Before I knew it I was singing hooks, performing skits. They did a show at the State Theater in Detroit for the Riddle Box album called The JokerísGallery Show and I introduced them onstage. And itís continued from there ever since.
HH: How long have you been playing music? Are you self taught or did you take lessons?
Legz Diamond: Iím totally self-taught. I actually got kicked out of band class in grade school. I wanted to play the drums because that was the only instrument I could think of that I knew could be played in an actual band
somewhere, but they said someone else was already on the drums. So I got stuck with saxophone. But since that wasnít what I wanted to play, I didnít practice it or anything so two weeks later I got thrown out of the class. Boy, Iíd like to see that teacher now. I never learned how to read music or sight read but I have a really good ear. Almost perfect pitch. I can learn to play just about anything just by listening to it a few times and I think as a musician that gives me a strong advantage.
HH: So what led you to record the 9 Pistolas album?
Legz Diamond: Well, every time you finish a studio project thereís a big period of withdrawal. It took us two years to complete The Mighty Death Pop! It was the biggest, most ambitious project we had done up to that point. Itís pretty incredible when youíre recording a project of that scale. Youíre there in the studio every day with your boys creating magic together and when thatís suddenly gone, it can be devastating. I was just really depressed from studio withdrawal. So the idea just came to us ďWe should do a Legz Diamond record.Ē It was perfect. We just stepped in the studio and hit a home run. It didnít feel forced or anything. The timing was right, the energy was right. Amazing.
HH: 9 Pistolas is interesting because your character is a Prohibition era gangster. Where did the idea for that character come from?
Legz Diamond: Well, growing up in Detroit I knew the history of the Purple Gang. In fact, my grandfather used to work with them back in the dayóhe had a hearse business. And growing up I knew where a lot of the houses they had occupied were at. Itís such a big part of Detroit culture but itís a shame that everyone knows Al Capone but not nearly as many people know the Purple Gang.
HH: Musically, what do you think sets this album apart from any other Psychopathic release?
Legz Diamond: Well, I have a different musical approach than any other artist on Psychopathic Records because I have different musical tastes. Iím not quite as pigeonholed into hardcore rap, even though thereís plenty of it on the record. This album sounds very versatile. Just like an ICP record, itís full of surprises.
HH: You perform with Psychopathic artists Jumpsteady and Sugar Slam on the album. What was it like working with them on this project?
Legz Diamond: Absolutely fantastic. I couldnít be luckier. Jumpsteady and I go way back. Weíre great friends and we used to promote together back in the day. He is so talentedóa great writer, great delivery, great swagger. Sugar Slam is absolutely incredible. She just has such a beautiful voice. To bring all the love together in the studio was just phenomenal.
HH: Anything else you want to say to the Juggalos?
Legz Diamond: This is whatís hot, man. Pick it up. Sorry it took so long but when you pick up 9 Pistolas, youíll find itís worth the wait.