"It’s been five years since the Diamond District released its stellar debut album, In the Ruff, an astute depiction of young black Washington.
Out now, ‘First Step’ is the triumphant first single from the Diamond District’s new album, March on Washington. It marks a striking return for the locally revered trio and recalls the boom-bap aesthetic that made In the Ruff so gritty.” — Marcus J. Moore, Washington City Paper
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"There’s an underlying sincerity to the rapper that you instantly feel. So it doesn’t matter if he rhymes about having sex in a bathroom stall, remaining forthright or the effects of karma, it’s clear that his words come from a very real place.” —- Marcus J. Moore, Washington Post
"Take the essential elements of gangsta rap: the plainspoken narratives, throbbing bass lines and West Coast sheen. Pack it with today’s trap music, a little dancehall reggae and Afrika Bambaataa’s planet-rocking electro-funk.
Crumple it into a ball and fling it to Mars. That’s Shabazz Palaces.” — Marcus J. Moore, Washington Post
"Rock Konducta Pt. 2 doesn’t have the immediate impact of Pt. 1, but it’s still rewarding. Much like his other output, Pt. 2 shows that Madlib has never lost his love of crate digging, even after the countless projects he’s released over the years. He’s still ambitious, just as restless and refuses to clean up his sound.” — Marcus J. Moore, HipHopDX