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true there hasnít been a heavy hip-hop buzz coming from Uptown Manhattan
in a long time. Remember that in the 1920ís Harlem was the Mecca of Black
music. But its popularity slowly died down throughout the years as Harlem
fell into the hands of the streets becoming one of the most well known
ghettos in America. Now with the rebirth of a new Harlem Renaissance comes
also the resurgence of rap in NYCís honorary sixth borough. And whoís
leading the way to bring Harlem world and hip-hop back to where it once
was? Harlemís own government officials The Diplomats: Camíron, Jimmy Jones,
It all first started when Cam dropped his third LP, a banger entitled Come Home With Me. The album spurred one of the smash hits of the summer, "Oh Boy," infectious clever rhymes and hook over a sped up R&B sample produced by Just Blaze. It was on "Oh Boy" that the baby-faced LeRon James a.k.a. Juelz Santana made his biggest Diplomat guest appearance spitting playful lyrics on the songís second verse. Since then the Diplomats have been on fire ruling the radio waves and mix tapes with their catalogue of unreleased music and freestyles, which only proves what workaholics the guys are. But that doesnít mean that the Diplomats are a new crew coming into the rap game. "Weíre like a movement," Jim Jones insists. "We donít like to say crew no more because a crew tends to break up all the time. And weíre not new either." The Diplomat movement definitely isnít a new thing. Cam, Jimmy and energetic hype man Ezekiel Jiles a.k.a. Freaky Zeeky all grew up together on the East Side of Harlem. Four years ago the guys picked up the youngest lyricist of the group, Juelz, to make their current roster. Not long after the explosion of "Oh Boy" Cam got his dream, a record deal of his own and on Roc-A-Fella Records. Now, only months later Diplomats Records has finally come to official fruition. With Camís second single, "Hey Ma" big on the charts the Diplomat Records movement is ready for war with Co-CEOís Cam and Jimmy, President Zeek and Jules as the V.P.
Diplomatic Immunity, the first album off of Diplomat Records. Diplomatic
Immunity is a "combination of all our skills and has on it appearances
from many of our Dip Set fam besides just the four of us like Hell Rell,"
Camíron tells. "I think I have an ear for talent. I think I can tell
whoís hot and who can spit. And we all can. Youíll see this for real on
the new album." And Diplomatic Immunityís first single "Bout
It Bout It" (remix) proves just that. "I bumped into Master
P at the airport and since I always liked ĎBout It Bout Ití I thought
it would be cool to do again so me and Jim jumped on it and Master P joined
us," Cam explains of the long-awaited remix of the No Limit classic.
The second single "Iím Ready" features the quick-witted lyrics
of Cam, Jim and Juelz and prepares fans for the "powerful music"
the Dip Set are bringing to the game. With Camís flip-flopping clever
rhymes intermingled with his competitive nature and Jimís charismatic
style rap and aggressive leadership antics itís crystal clear that the
Diplomat leaders, along with their young gun Juelz and the always extreme
Zeek, will be able to take their movement to the next level: international
stardom. "I donít know if the people are ready for us Ďcause we taking
over the world," Jim laughs.
Diplomatic Immunity intends to prove that the Diplomats have a rhyme arsenal
more deadly than any crew repping NYC today. But also that it takes more
then a few creative rappers and contagious beats to make a movement. It
takes an army full of Harlem soldiers.
Click below to check out bangin' new tracks from The Diplomats