Throwback: My First Rapper Interview Ever!

I’ve been lucky enough to interview some of the biggest names in hip-hop over the years, but I recently stumbled upon my very first rapper interview ever. Back in 2008, I was asked to interview Juelz Santana around his Bad Santa mixtape. As a huugggge Dipset fan I was thrilled. Shout outs to Aqua and All Hip Hop for my very first byline and Juelz, who sang me Christmas carols and called Sarah Palin “a slut” during our phone conversation.

Peep the full interview here!



Dipset 10th anniversary

10 years ago, Cam’ron and crew dropped Diplomatic Immunity. What a modern classic.


Good music: Cam’Ron “You Know This”

A new joint from one of my favs Cam’ron. Killa lets the women know exactly what’s up. No chicken dinner (I need to start dating like him).


Uptown rapper throwdown: Dipset vs Diddy

The Village Voice‘s March Madness music showdown is on! I wrote up a little synopsis on my favorite cadre Dipset for this round. Dipset or Diddy? Vote HERE

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.
—Sowmya Krishnamurthy

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