DiamondShe was one fifth of the platinum-selling group, Crime Mob, that released such hits as “Knuck If You Buck” and “Rock Yo Hips.” However in 2007, Diamond would part ways from her group members to follow her own path and start a solo career. Since the breakup, she has released her own mixtape series, entitled Bitch Muzik, and has appeared on tracks alongside artists like Yo Gotti and Webbie. Now, three years later, she is ready to jump back in the mainstream spotlight, following her feature on Ludcacris’ “My Chick Bad (Remix)” with Eve and Trina.

Ballerstatus spent some time with this shining gem from the ATL to discuss her upcoming projects and shed insight as to why she is no stranger to the game.

Diamond: I’ve been doing this for a long time, even when people didn’t really know about female rappers. It was a dry spell when I came out as well and most of the female rappers were older. Whether people remember or not, I’ve been a part of the movement. What sets you about from the other female emcees?

Diamond: Right now I’m the youngest that’s out that’s consistent. One point Lil Mama was the youngest. I don’t know if she’s doing her thing, I know she’s into film, TV shows, which is cool ’cause you always have to branch out, [and] I’m always dropping underground mixtapes. Just ’cause the group broke up, doesn’t mean I’m not doing anything.

The second thing is my sex appeal and fashion, which is the gutter part about me. They look at me “She’s so cute, she’s so pretty” and then when it’s time for rapping and I open my mouth people are like “Oh no, she didn’t.” I want people to respect me for my lyrics first.

And thirdly, I’m from the south. It’s always good for the south to shine. Anytime the south is bringing something to the table I think it’s great, it has that southern hospitality. My attitude, my presence is welcoming and it let’s woman be like “Okay she’s down to earth, she’s cool, and I can do the same thing.” That’s what I bring to the table. Being the youngest out right now, what have you learned about working in the music industry?

Diamond: There’s a lot of pressure being a female, thats for most female emcees and upcoming females in the game. You want to make sure you uphold your image as a lady. How you carry yourself is how people treat you, and after the respect is gone, it’s like: what else is there? Do you think your sound has changed since being in Crime Mob?

Diamond: I got my niche, and when I say niche, I mean, if they say gimme a cross over beat, I would kill it as I would with an underground song. I’m very versatile. When I was in the group, all I knew was underground [and] cut-throat. Now, I feel I can adapt to any situation. What other projects are you working on?

Diamond: I’m about to shoot my video very soon, it’s a song called “Smash the Homies.” It’s really dope. All of my songs are empowering women, like anything you can do, I can do better or anything you can do, I can do too. My mixtape is out now, Bitch Muzik Vol. 3 with DJ Scream. Any albums?

Diamond: My album has been done and should have been out, but I’m kind of glad [it wasn’t] because I feel sometimes people forget their history and where you came from, so I feel like if I was to put an album out, it would have just been a memory now. People would have not necessarily remembered me. So now, I’m just into getting my face back out there and then I’ll work out on my album.