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The Rise of Mr. Wood$: When Music Is All You Know


At six-thirty in the evening, his laughter pelts with an infectious rhythm. He smiles and the universe reciprocates his anomaly.

Mr. Woods (Diallo Edmond) is a congenial jokester that appreciates the experiences of life and all of its commanding promises…

He attributes those engaging qualities to his earlier years, while living in Far Rockaway Queens, New York (1989).

As a high school senior, Woods worked part-time at the United States Post Office making about fifty-thousand dollars a year.

“I wrote and recorded music leisurely, but it still wasn’t something that I was pursuing as an artist,” he said.

Woods enrolled into college, majoring in Liberal Arts, and continued his services with the company for about 10-years. Although the lofty position was quite comfortable, Woods still had this crazy obsession for music that he just couldn’t shake.

In 1999 when TLC released their single, “No Scrubs.” Woods heard the song and immediately reacted.

“No Scrubs’ was a big record at the time and it was an anthem for the women. Everyone could relate to it,” he said.

“The song was so catchy that guys didn’t want to ride in the passenger seat of their homeboy’s vehicle. I couldn’t believe that the record had that much influence on the street.... Nas, Jay Z, and DMX, were at the top of the charts during those times, and nobody answered their record.

I had a friend by the name of DJ Rhude, he was part of Funk Master Flex’s record pool, and I was always on his mix-tapes… I asked him to send me the “No Scrubs” instrumental because I told him, ‘ I got something I wanna say.’ He sent me the instrumental and I wrote 16 bars on the instrumental, and I entitled it, “No Vultures.”

No Vultures was the same thing as “No Pigeons.” It was like chicks or birds... We agreed to change the name at the time because “Vulture” was a much harsher word,” said Woods.

It must’ve been fate because the single switched hands several times before making its way to Funk Master Flex. Ultimately, Woods collaborated with hip-hop artist, Sporty Theivz, to record and release the negation track, “No Pigeons.”

The song went gold on the Urban Hip Hop Charts and was #1 on the Billboard as well as R&B and Hip Hop Charts for seven weeks straight. It secured a #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, in addition to #3 for Canadian Digital Sales-- information can be referenced on wikepedia ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Pigeons).

“It was all a dream to me," he spoke endearingly as though the instance happened just the day before.

Feeling quite confident, Mr. Woods took another leap of faith after securing the plaques—he moved to Charlotte, NC in 2001.

"My mother supported me, but she thought I was nuts for leaving the post office… I didn’t even quit. I just packed up my stuff and moved. To be honest, till this day, I have the best parents in the world. I think that’s why I love what I do even more. My parents pushed me to greatness… How could I lose?” he shrugged.

Momma Woods partaking in a photo opp with her doting son

Just as Woods said, there was no way that he could be defeated. After moving to Charlotte, he purchased a new home.

“Even though I was financially good, I got bored and I needed to do something with my time. I had to start from scratch with employment all over again... Let me tell you how God works,” he affirmed. “When God has a destiny for your life, there is no way that you can deny it. He puts you in places to make sure everything is connected.”

Woods caught a big break—his cousin hooked him up with a job at a security company, working at the local radio station called WPEG Power 98.

It was there that he met Rhasaan Smith, who was head of marketing and promotions… “I noticed that this guy with dreads would walk in and out with different celebrities, so I knew that he was important,” Woods said.

“Although I did my job, I watched. One day, I came in with my CD, and I asked him (Rhasaan) to listen to it. The song was a collaboration project that I did with singer; Olivia (G-Unit) called “Jump-off”.

When he came back the next day, he told me that he liked it, and then he passed it on to Eddie Owens who worked for Power 98… That same week, on a Friday, I heard my song on the radio."

Woods said that he was ecstatic to hear his song playing on-air while still functioning as a security guard.

“After that, I performed at every show that the radio station had because of Rhasaan Smith.

Rhasaan became my manager and I went from being a postal worker, to a security guard, and now, this.”

The extrovert is co-owner to a record and dance studio in Charlotte, NC where he runs a multifaceted entertainment company (artist development).

He’s fine-tuned singers and performers such as Keyshia Cole, Akevius, Jessie Storey, Open Minds, hip hop artist, J One, and more recently, the female singing group, V4.