(Photos) Hot 97 Summer Jam 2017

me

REVOLT flew me out to my old digs to cover Summer Jam, and it was so nice to see my family again while getting paid at the same damn time! LOL! The only pic I asked for that night was with Juelz, because, ya know – DIP SET FOREVER.

I also ran into Karolina Wong, the girl who got me into hip-hop back in middle school and basically changed my life. Haven’t seen her in over a decade so it was soooo dope to reunite!

Pics below.
Continue Reading

#TBT Mixtape: The Diplomats – Diplomats Vol. 2

Diplomats2front

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!
Continue Reading

(Video) Dip Set Hits Hot 97 To Freestyle + Announce Reunion Tour

Marisa Mendez x Dip Set 2015_LifeIsTremendez

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 DJsFunk 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.
Continue Reading

(Photos) 7 Rappers & Their Non-Famous Baby Mamas! (Meek Mill, Juelz Santana, 2 Chainz & More!)

rappers baby mamas - 2 Chainz x Heaven

Rappers baby mamas are often hidden from their social media, as that part of their lives usually happened before the fame, and there’s a variety of factors that leads to the need for privacy. Often times it unfortunately is because the caliber of woman is way below the type they’ve become known for dating, and the boogawolf being discovered may be a little damaging to the rep they’ve attempted to build, but it also can be because of the woman’s desire to be out of the limelight, not only for personal reasons but for safety reasons as well.

This doesn’t fly for everyone, as there are plenty of baby mamas who came after the fame, and though they may not necessarily be celebrities as well, they’re probably at least Instagram famous. You know how these chicks do these days! However…this post isn’t about them.

I’m sure a lot of you are curious as to the caliber of women these guys had before the money and the fame, so I’ve put together a few of the rappers baby mamas list below. Check out who Meek Mill, Juelz Santana, 2 Chainz and more were with way back when!
Continue Reading

(Photos) Throwback Thursday: How Dip Set & Saving My Lunch Money Brought Me To A Career In Music

LIT_Marisa Mendez x Dip Set TBT 1

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:
Continue Reading

(Photos) VMA Weekend 2013 [New York, NY]

tumblr_n4be1sGyZ61qbuv6no7_1280

What a fun ass weekend!

Hitting the clubs and a Guy Court taping with my new homie MGK, YMCMB private dinner at Philippe Chow, Drake’s private dinner at Philippe Chow, Diddy’s party at DREAM, 2 Chainz listening session for B.O.A.T.S II, house party with Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj randomly throwing up a throwback of us and more!
Continue Reading

(Photos) Me Doing Misc. Cool Shit – 2011

Screen Shot 2018-02-24 at 1

2011 was a dope year. I worked as Joe Budden‘s assistant for a few months, so we had a lot of random adventures during that time – including the video of me being his hypeman in Miami over the summer for “OLS3″, LOL! There’s also my appearance in his music video for “Unison,” since it was taped at one of our pool parties over the summer. That’s below too.

I met DJ Pauly D randomly in NYC, went to a taping of Saturday Night Live and got to meet my fave Katy Perry, went to the premiere of Flex‘s MTV2 show, Tyrese dropped by Hot 97, hit a show in RI with French Montana and Wiz Khalifa, my homie DJ Ricky Ruckus flew me out to Cleveland to host a party, I helped put together 52 Fest – a festival to support injured Rutgers player Eric LeGrand and a bunch of other awesome stuff…but I’ll do separate posts for deeper dives into those!
Continue Reading