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Diamond Rings by Chipmunk
Album: I Am ChipmunkReleased: 2009Charted:
This is the third single to be released from British rapper Chipmunk's sophomore album, I Am Chipmunk.
Chipmunk told RWD Magazine about the song's ska-influenced beat: "I was playing the beat in my house and my mum said 'Oh, what's that?' I thought 'If it can make you feel good, it's the right track, cos you're a middle-aged woman who probably just switches on the radio and sings along to whatever comes on.'"
Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sande co-wrote the song and sings the chorus. Sande told the Daily Record how she hooked up with Chipmunk: "I was doing a show in London for 1Xtra and I met this guy called Naughty Boy. He has been trying to build up his name as a producer and asked if I wanted to work with him on a few things. We got in the studio and we clicked workwise. I just really enjoyed listening to what he was doing - it was so different from other people's stuff. We just started writing, not necessarily for me, we just thought 'let's write a pop tune' and experiment. And we wrote the Chipmunk track and I thought nothing of it. Naughty Boy sent it off to Chipmunk who really liked it and wrote his stuff around it. It's just strange that some little song that I wrote in my bedroom has had so much success and airplay. It's crazy."
Chipmunk told RWD Magazine about the lyrical content: "It's not about being flash and spending money though; it's more about maintaining your value. It's about feeling good out there."
Sande was a fourth year medical student in Glasgow when she wrote the hook for this song, while vacuuming her bedroom.