During the early 2000’s, The Diplomats were the first organized faction in hip-hop to release a mixtape as a collective unit. Prior to that, we never had anyone releasing promotional music for the streets, but more-so, just mixtape freestyles for various DJ’s across the country. There was never a Wu-Tang, Lox, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Dogg Pound, and UGK, (to name a few) mixtape that was released prior to the Dips.
We have to commend 50 Cent for influencing the game and using mixtapes more wisely after 50 Cent Is The Future, but the Dips were first out the gate with it, in traditional uptown trendsetter fashion. Along with DJ Kay Slay (giving the mixtapes that street stamp of approval), we witnessed some powerful music in the process leading up to whenever the group was preparing for a big drop. Without the Dips setting the tone in the game with the mixtapes, there probably wouldn’t be current projects from your favorite groups today (ie. Jet Life, Maybach Music Group, A$AP Mob, etc).
It’s been nearly 10 years since the dips have released an official mixtape, but we decided to pay homage to the group today, taking a trip back in time to the Diplomats and DJ Kay Slay series. The group was set to reunite in 2009 after their “Salute” single, but scheduling conflicts have caused them to hold off from delivering an organic project.
Jim Jones has been quiet with project releases for the year since his 2012 second installment of the Vamp Life series with “F.E.A.S.T. The Last Supper.” Now with it being his favorite season of the year (given his past music history), Capo releases his first project of the year entitled “Vampire Life 3.” The mixtape is filled with guest from Mel Matrix, Estelle, Jeremih, DJ Spinking, Chink Santana, Charlie Rock, Chris Luck, Byrdgang Shoota, Travmbb, Nino Man, Sen City and T.W.O. Production is assisted from the likes of Jahlil Beats, Ablaze Da Arkitek, Cy Fyre, Joe Black, Vakseen, Vinylz, Marvino, Sonaro, Olympicks, Ali Sosa, and Spectacula Hero Beats.
Check after the jump to view the 18-track tracklistings along with download links ready.
If you ain’t know know you know that today is the 10th anniversary of Dipset’s classic album Diplomatic Immunity. The album is indeed timeless and still sounds as amazing as when we first heard it a decade ago.
To commemorate the occasion, Dipset will reunite for an exclusive show in NY at BB Kings tonight. Yes you read that correctly. A reunion of Juelz Santana, Cam’ron, Jim Jones and the whole gang all live on stage in New York City.
We decided to compile some our favorite cuts to pay homage to the Harlem crew we grew up on and influenced us. If you haven’t bumped the album in a minute, you should definitely take a trip down memory lane like if its High School again. Peep the playlist and make sure you listen to your fair share of Dipset all day to show your appreciation.
Capo switches things up a little bit and teams up with dancehall artist, Ricky Blaze, for their latest offering to the e-streets. Blaze is working on his mixtape titled The Maestro and asked for a little help from Jim Jones for this record which we imagine you probably won’t hear until the clubs close, but either way it’s one to put in rotation.
On the exact release date (March 25th) of their 2003 timeless classic “Diplomatic Immunity,” them Uptown boys will make their way down to Forty-Deuce to celebrate the albums 10-year anniversary at B.B. Kings for a special one night concert.
Although it’s being dubbed as a “one night only show,” we’re hopeful the most influential crew of the 2000s will reunite one more time for a new album now that they’ve ALL started 2013 with fresh material for the streets.
From starting “What’s Really Good,” to even them airbrush tees some of you would line up for at “Santana’s Town” with hood cats wearing pink with no shame, the Diplomats birthed some of the game in rap music that still lives today with the solo mixtape scene starting that with El Barrio’s own DJ Kay Slay in true Harlem U.S.A. trendsetter fashion.
For the upcoming show we can expect to see Killa Cam, Santana the Great, Capo, Freekey Zekey, Ruga Rell and many more surprises. This should be an epic show as longtime fans of the Dips can purchase your tickets HERE!
It’s been five years since we last heard a solo project from Juelz Santana, but he’s finally back with his brand new mixtape titled God Will’n. Due to other matters in his life, music had been put to rest for the meantime. However, Juelz believes he’s back to his best, which The Diplomats fans will certainly be hoping is the case. Features include the likes of Lloyd Banks, Lil Wayne, Jim Jones, Wiz Khalifa, Future, Jeremih, Wale, Jadakiss and many more.
It’s about that time for Metta World Peace to connect with New York’s famous underground with his latest release. “Get Like Me” sees Metta putting his foot down on distinctively raw production from Sha Money XL. To join him, verses are showcased by The Diplomats’ Jim Jones, Foul Monday and Challace, who each bring their own to the track. After just revealing the video for his “Represented” offering last month, it looks like there’s no stopping the constant string of releases.
Coinciding with the festive cover and his mixtape series, super producer Mike WiLL Made It returns for one last gift before the year’s out. We couldn’t ask for much more from the new producing sensation, but he continues to feed the streets with heat after heat. His Est. In 1989 Pt 2.5 project includes various songs he has produced within a recent time frame, as well as more brand new songs with our favorite artists. Guests on the mixtape include Lil Wayne, Future, T.I., Big Sean, Juicy J, Young Jeezy, Jim Jones and many more.
Whilst we patiently wait for the release of Fool’s Gold’s Loosies project, A-Trak treats us to the official remix of his hard-hitting “Piss Test” track with just under a week to go. The all-star guest list features vocals from Juicy J, Jim Jones, Flatbush ZOMBiES, El-P and Flosstradamus. The compilation will be available to purchase on December 18th, which includes all of your favourite artists.
Pre-order the deluxe version of Loosies on iTunes.
Well it’s finally here, the long awaited mixtape “P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens)” from Jamaica, Queens own Trav. Co-signed by most of the industry including 50 Cent, Drizzy Drake Rogers and even Justin Bieber, Trav is ready to show the world his his quality of music and content.. The mixtape has features from Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Lloyd Banks, Waka Flocka & Tony Yayo to name a few with production help from the likes of Jahlil Beats, CTB, Doe Pesci, The Superiors, Young Carter and more. Check after the jump to view the 16-track tracklisting and a download link.
For this weeks “Best of Tuesdays” Throwback at Noon on his 97, DJ Mister Cee took it uptown to Harlem U.S.A. to give a special tribute mix to the Diplomats. In this 60-minute set, the finisher plays all of our favorite cuts from the most popular group out of the 2000s with Killa Cam, New York City’s Ryder Man, Santana The Great, Freekey Zekey, 40Cal, Ruga Rell, the Writer of Writers, and even the wavy one Max Biggavelli.
Enjoy this mix right here and pay homage to Dipset for blessing us with all of those classics back in the day. We’re still waiting for that reunion album. Aiiyo Double Up!
Future links up with Yo Gotti and Jim Jones for his newest track “Big Bank Roll” from his upcoming Super Future project. Listen as all three artists go in on the most talked about subject which is their money, what else? This is just a preview of what to expect from Futures upcoming projects Super Future x Fire Marshall Future dropping on October 23rd! Turn Up!
Maino grabs a few of his buddies to mob with him on the “Mobbin (Remix)” in Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti & Trae Tha Truth. Listen as each artist tell their stories of mobbing through their cities rightfully and having shit on lock. Look out for his next project The Mafia coming soon and his 3rd solo album to follow up afterwards.
With the A$AP Mob’s “Lords Never Worry“ still fucking up shit in these streets (and my ears from constant play), DJ Slim K teams up with OG Ron C’s Chopstars Clique to give us the PURPLE blessing to this mixtape. Get your double cups and blunts ready to vibe out and listen to magic as the uptown boys out of Harlem link up with Houston’s finest.
After a few OnSMASH Top 10 visuals from their project, the A$AP Mob, led by Harlem’s own A$AP Rocky release the compilation album fans have been clamoring for. A$AP Ferg, A$AP Na$t, A$AP Ant and A$AP Twelvy are all on deck to attack like wolves for the project, with the help of Raekwon, Danny Brown, Gunplay and more.
Find production from A$AP favorites like Clams Casino, araabMUZIK and Ty Beats.