From the mailroom
to “Move,” to “One A.M.” and beyond, Diverse
innovates. A self-described poet, his rhymes are true. Shunning
the pseudo-hard stance taken by some emcees in favor of everyday
human experience, Diverse consistently ups the ante. Over the course
of numerous releases and collaborations, his rhymes have shown that
flash and substance don’t necessarily have to be adversaries.
“Move” was released on Chocolate Industries in 2001,
receiving a strong response from critics and listeners alike. A
collaboration with Mos Def on
the first installment of “Urban Renewal Program” followed
soon thereafter; “Wylin’ Out” would go on to dominate
college radio airwaves for the better
part of the summer. The “Certified/Build” 12”
was enough to keep heads happy for a minute, but soon the pressure
would be on.
debut full-length “One A.M.” dropped in the latter part
of 2003 to critical acclaim, featuring collaborations with Jean
Grae, Prefuse 73 and Madlib among others. The tour appearances and
showcases that followed packed venues, seeing fans channel the same
charismatic energy that keeps our guy in the studio late at night.
With a grueling tour schedule and verbal delivery that would
make UPS envious, Diverse has still found time to collaborate
with other artists and work on fresh releases of his own. Be on
the lookout for the next full-length, “Round About,”
in your area sometime next year.