Singer/self-taught keyboardist/prolific songwriter Angie Stone's first claim to fame was being the lead vocalist on Vertical Hold's smooth urban dance track "Seems You're Much Too Busy." The A&M single hit number 17 R&B during summer 1993. Going solo, her debut album Black Diamond was issued September 1999 by Arista Records. There's definitely an ol' school and autobiographical vibe throughout the enchanting "keeping it real" release that 's exemplified by her hit ballad "No More Rain (In This Cloud)," which has samples from Gladys Knight and the Pips' "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)." Stone has collaborated with Mary J. Blige, Jill Jones, D'Angelo, and hit producer Malik Pendleton, among others. Contributing to Black Diamond are Lenny Kravitz ("Green Grass Vapors"), former Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad ("Bone 2 Pic [Wit U]"), Stone's co-producer Aaron "Freedom" Lyles, Rex Rideout, Phil Temple, Gary Deveaux, DJ U-Neek, and Russell Elevado.