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.