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    Lucy Diamonds

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    For the first five years of her career, Louisville-based rapper Lucy Diamonds focused on the positive in trying to bring some change to a genre dominated by sex, drugs and "That's how I roll."

    Despite working with some of the field's top producers, she felt as if she was running in slow motion. Meanwhile, television and tabloids were filled with the same faces over and over, making news for affairs, break-ups and pregnancies.

    Diamonds decided it was time to vent. The resulting songs, "Sorry Right Number I" and "Sorry Right Number II," have garnered her the most attention of her career -- and they didn't even come out until today.

    "I just got so sick and tired of seeing those same faces everywhere I went," said Diamonds, 21, a Houston native who moved to Louisville five years ago. "If this is what I have to do, I'll do it. I'm damned if I do, damned if I don't, I guess."

    Both "Sorry Right Number" tunes take shots at Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Fred Durst, Gwen Stefani, Lil Kim, Trina, boy-band svengali Lou Pearlman and Oprah Winfrey, among many others. The Oprah reference includes a scatological comparison to Ellen DeGeneres that earned an e-mail from a Winfrey assistant requesting the lines be cut.

    "Somebody got the word out to her," Diamonds said. "It is derogatory and it is vulgar, but it's true."

    Diamonds moved to Louisville to work with rock band Days of the New. She helped with the band's merchandising while learning the business end of music, she said. She began rapping as a teenager but didn't go pro until she moved here.

    "I didn't like what was going on at the time" in rap music, she said. "I felt like it had become stagnant and figured if I was going to make a difference, it was up to me to make something I wanted to hear."

    Diamonds has caught the ears of some celebrated producers.

    She has recorded tracks with Bruce Swedien, who worked as an engineer, mixer, producer and co-writer on all of Michael Jackson's albums. Eminem producer DJ Head is doing tracks for Diamonds' debut album, tentatively titled "Poor Dream Redemption."

    Diamonds has also recorded with producer Easy Mo Bee (Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Alicia Keys). Newcomer Sky Michaels will be executive producer of "Poor Dream Redemption."

    "That's just God working," said Diamonds of her success in finding top producers. "It's a hustle the whole way. It's drive. I like to bug producers. I get right up in their faces."

    Diamonds is currently recording in a Tampa, Fla., studio and won't return to Louisville for a few months.

    "I just fell in love with the city (Louisville)," she said. "I'm definitely going to live there for a long time."

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