The Diplomats (a.k.a. Dipset) are Harlem’s quintessential hip-hop cadre. The rag-tag group of childhood friends—Cam’ron, Jim Jones and Freekey Zekey and Juelz Santana—released Diplomatic Immunity in 2003 and gained a cult-like following with memorable non sequiturs (“Golly I’m gully, look at his galoshes”) over hard-hitting beats from Just Blaze and Heatmakerz, while their inherent penchant for Harlem and ostentatious motor cycle chic created a veritable regional movement (the likes of which have been largely unseen in NYC hip-hop thereafter). Dipset’s sophomore effort, 2004′s Diplomatic Immunity 2, included new, somewhat unmemorable members and dissensions between Cam’ron and Jones soon put the collective on sabbatical. Following a reconciliation in 2010, the Dips have launched a reunion tour and are said to be cooking up new musical goodness.
A Dipset show in NYC? You know TheSowmyaLife will be there. Read my review of Friday’s show at Best Buy Theater as part of the Red Bull Music Academy World Tour for the Village Voice
Read the full review: HERE and check out a funny video from the Red Bull Music Academy roundtable before the concert (which I missed, ugh!) below: