Diplomats Vol. 2 was my introduction into the world of mixtapes, way back when in 2002. I was in the midst of my fascination with all things Dip Set, and was shopping on 125th Street (for my first time!), saw this on the street and the rest was history.
Vol. 2 came at the height of the guys’ beef with Nas, and features his infamous Power 105 interview (where he dissed them,) and includes their disses on songs like “Hate Me Now,” “Show You How” and “I Really Mean It.” (The latter itself wasn’t a diss, but Jimmy was sure to add his trash talk on the end.)
Listen to Cam, Jim and Juelz do their thing below!
I’ve been getting a million and one texts asking what’s going on with Flex and Jay Z, and if you haven’t been keeping up by the minute on social media, you’re probably confused too. Let me briefly explain…
In early 2013, Jay Z‘s Life + Times site reached out to Flex for an interview about the app he was about to release to debut his new mixtape, and would then house all music and videos from his website, as well as key articles. He explained to them the process and everything going on, and then…nothing. No article was ever published, and a couple of months later – Hov debuted Magna Carta Holy Grail on an app. Flex did not see this as a coincidence.
Now that Flex has reunited the Diplomats (who’ve infamously feuded with Jay in the past,) he has been working on a major tour and projects for the guys, and Life + Times once again reached out to get the 411. This apparently set Flex off, as he felt it would be a similar situation to the app fiasco, and instead of granting the interview, he went on air on Hot 97 and blasted the site and its owner/his former friend, Jay Z. He also mentioned that it’s funny they’d want an interview, since it was Jay‘s very own 40/40 club that once specifically told him that he cannot play any Dip Set records.
It’s been so long overdue, but finally all members of the iconic Dip Set crew are on board for a REAL reunion, and an album is on the way. It will be warmed up first with a mixtape though, hosted by LIT Digital DJs‘ Funk Flex, DJ Mustard, Swizz Beatz and DJ Khaled.
Stopping by Flex‘s show on Hot 97 last night, Cam’Ron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones and Freekey Zekey dropped off their new song “Have My Money,” while also spitting some bars off J. Cole‘s “Fire Squad” beat (for Lz and Jim) and “The Roc (Just Fire)” beat for Killa – which was a blast from the past, since that’s a Just Blaze beat from Cam‘s 2002 classic album, Come Home With Me.
The 15-city tour dates have not yet been announced, but the guys did reveal it will start with an NYC stop first at the Best Buy Theatre, and that they’ll also be at Flex‘s sneaker expo during All Star Weekend. The latter, however, is just to meet fans and sell Dip Set merch, NOT a performance.
Check out video from their Hot 97 visit below.
Streetwear brand Kinship is celebrating Bad Boy‘s 20th anniversary with their latest bomber jacket, following their previously-released Golden Era and Dip Set versions. (The latter of which you KNOW I’m dying to get my hands on, and have every plan to!)
The Bad Boy Bomber features an all-over print of all of the label’s greatest albums, from the Biggie and Ma$e golden days, to modern day with the likes of French Montana and Janelle Monae. They even have the short-lived supergroup Boyz N Da Hood on there!
“I wanted to create pieces that pays homage to the music I was raised on,” said Kinship founder Reggie Thomas. “Bad Boy definitely deserves major recognition. Hopefully people will appreciate it just as much as I did.”
The Diplomats “Dipped” bomber features classic Dip Set covers from the mixtapes to official albums, like Diplomats Vol. 2, Purple Haze, Hustlers P.O.M.E., Diplomatic Immunity, From Me To You and more. The third in the line of jackets, “The Bomb,” features 50 of your favorite albums of the 90s, including Nas‘ Illmatic, Snoop‘s Doggy Style and Dr. Dre‘s The Chronic.
The jackets are all 100% satin with a satin lining (purple for Bad Boy, red for Dip Set, black for the Golden Era) and a full zipper front. Take a closer look at them below!
When people say things like, “Dip Set changed my life” or, “I was the biggest Dip Set fan ever,” (yes, people say those things…LOL) I don’t even bother to engage in a debate with them because winning would be too effortless. Dip Set REALLY changed my life. Because of my love (or slight obsession, either one) for them in high school, I chose the career path I embarked on, I met people who put me in the right place to advance in said career and I learned early on how to move around in the music business. Suffice to say, what Dip Set did for me trumps you hands down. Unless you’re like, Freekey Zekey. He probably has a better story than me. Anyway, here’s the 411: