I host a new show for HipHopDX called Hack3d! Our debut episode features the legendary Jim Jones and those that know me know this was truly a dream come true!!!! I got to talk all things Dip Set! So freaking grateful man!
The show is called Hack3d because we surprise the guests with people from their lives that can help tell more of their story, and so be on the lookout for appearances from Jim‘s cousin Dave as well as music industry exec Tuma Basa!
It was a wonderful winter! Some of my highlights include the above brainstorming session with the legendary Jim Jones, a tour of THC Design in LA, being invited to the world premiere of the Sonic film (and getting to see Jim Carrey and James Marsden IRL!), randomly appearing on The Shade Room in a throwback 106 & Park clip from my high school days (what are the odds?! LOL!) and being able to meet some of our amazing MEIA fans in Orlando when I hosted the M Lounge on Feb. 28!
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.)
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 + Timessite 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. Continue Reading →
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.
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 →