After sharing much success with his group Rushden Diamonds along with a 2013 solo release, Lord Diamonds is back again with his highly anticipated 2014 solo album, “Trapped In The Castle.” The Lord’s followers will be pleased to hear 6 new “billion dollar beatz” produced by West Coast heavy weight, BEATZBYLEKZ. “Trapped In The Castle” delves deep into the Lord’s dungeon with epic trap and R&B production, mixed with the good Lord’s sophisticatedly regal wordplay. We asked Lord Diamonds a little bit about himself and about this upcoming release!
Entertwine: What is the story behind the name, Lord Diamonds? Any influences that motivate you to keep writing and performing?
Lord Diamonds: Lord Diamonds originally Karl Lord Edward Diamonds was a name accumulatively given to me from the rappers Jay Z, Kanye West, Eminem and Snoop Doggy Dog. I remember Macklemore somehow contributed also but I seem to forget most of the story. The Lord is definitely a Lord and not an elephant. To further answer your question, the Lord is highly motivated by his followers, ancient forbidden jewelry and the ability to tell the future through Lord Dollarsworth’s google equipped fortune telling mirror.
ET: What can fans expect from your recent release, “Trapped in the Castle?” Do you feel a lot of pressure considering this is your 4th solo release?
LD: The Lord’s music on Trapped In The Castle is the closest thing to real magic. I truly believe theres a certain feeling you get when you turn on this album. You might just find yourself asking the question “Is this really happening? How did I just materialize inside of this sapphire encrusted ruby castle?”. Just like that trick I pull in my castle when you look behind you, the pressure to release a new album this year dissapeared after I received an amazing amount of fan feedback on what style of album they wanted to see the Lord do next. On my first album “Is Forever” (the 2nd half of Rushden & Diamonds – 2010) I did exactly what I wanted to do at the time, which was make a very British inspired royal hip-hop opera. On “Something For The People” I created a quick EP to simply showcase some new lyrical ideas and that the Lord was still alive in the year 2013. On “I Am Rich” I decided to connect with my followers more directly through simple chant based hook driven tracks via an ancient 3 billion year old musical style known as hip-hop.
ET: Which track off the album would you say was the hardest to write? Easiest? and why?
LD: To be honest, I can’t really answer this question as every song that I’ve ever written just comes naturally. If it takes me more than 15 minutes to write a song I normally just give up and attend to one of my poodles. Sometimes they do the writing for me ya feel?
ET: Now that the album is out, what do you have planned for the rest of 2014?
You can find Lord Diamonds and Michael Rushden on a stage near you later this year as the Lord is set to launch the portable castle tour. Basically I’m bringing the castle to you, on stage, one brick at a time. – Lord Diamonds