Hailing from “the DMV” (the nickname for the Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland region), hip-hip trio Gemstone District formed using the intent of fabricating music that both drew from mid-’90s East Coast hip-hop ? la De La Spirit, Pete Rock and roll & CL Simple, and Gang Starr music that showcased the frequently forgotten Washington, DC rap picture. Made up of two MCs, X.O. and yU, and maker/MC Oddisee (who in addition has released a small number of single albums and created songs for Jazzy Jeff, amongst others, and is area of the Low Budget Team with Kev Dark brown, Kenn Starr, and Cy Adolescent), the group 1st introduced themselves towards the hip-hop community by liberating some singles in the past due ’00s. In Apr, 2009 Diamond Area released the clean edition of their debut full-length, In the Ruff, free of charge music sites, and garnered plenty of press and interest from it that these were able to strategy hip-hop label Mello GROUP with proof their group of fans and why they must be signed. It worked well, as well as the label released the unedited edition of In the Ruff in Oct, 2009 with programs for any follow-up, entitled March on Washington, to seem the next yr.