The Diggin' in The Crates Crew, better known as DITC, was a Hip-Hop group composed of New York rappers, both veterans and rookies.
Lord Finesse (Funky Technician, Production on Dr. Dre's 2001)
Diamond D (Ultimate Force- I'm Not Playin)
Buckwild (Production for Notorious BIG, Big Pun, Jay Z,KRS-One, The Game and more)
Showbiz and AG (Goodfellas)
Big L (Lifestylez ov da Poor and Dangerous) - Murdered in 1999
The story is a bit complicated but I'll try to make it as simple as possible.
DITC came together when legendary MC/Producer Lord Finesse began working with Diamond D and Showbiz on his record "Funky Technician". At the time Showbiz, a Bronx producer, was looking for an MC to collaborate on an album with. Finesse had battled a young rapper by the name of A.G and introduced the two to form the duo "Showbiz and A.G"
Lord Finesse was already friends with another legendary producer, Buckwild, and the two were going on tour together. While on tour Buckwild became good friends with a young MC by the name of OC, the three of them kicked it off immediately and began working together. At around the same time a young rapper, Fat Joe, had gotten signed by Finesse's label. To promote Fat Joe, Finesse and many other producers from the label began to collaborate with Joe making him the first Latino MC from New York to hit it big. (In my opinion he has gotten shittier and shittier every album)
The final rapper in the core of DITC was Big L. Big L at the time was broke and unknown and had showed up to an autograph signing that Finesse was doing and asked to freestyle. Finesse, hearing the same story many times had originally declined. A source close to Finesse decided to listen to L rhyme and told Finesse that he HAD to hear to him and the rest is history.
Finesse was now working with all these artists producing their albums and rapping on their projects. From there he decided that it would be easier to start a crew to promote the upcoming releases of all of the rappers. Many have had mainstream success and the late Big L is often considered one of the best lyricists of all time.
DITC: Day One- (Rappers in order of appearance: Diamond D, Big L, AG, Lord Finesse, OC)
RIP Big L (1974-1999)