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Itís 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,
Freaky Zeeky and Juelz Santana. Face it, 2002 has been Cameron "Camíron" Gilesí year. After aligning himself with old-friend/mentor Harlem native Dame Dash and signing a solo deal with the biggest label in rap, Roc-A-Fella Records, Cam and his Diplomat crew have spent í02 running the radio airwaves and video shows.

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.

Enter 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 Volume 3
Mixtape. The Diplomats Volume 3 Mixtape features tracks from Juelz
Santana, Cam'ron, and other Diplomats and is the hottest mixtape on the
streets right now!!!

"What's Really Good" - Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, & Jim Jones (Win Hi) (Lo) (Real Hi)

"More Than Music" - Juelz Santana (Win Hi) (Lo) (Real Hi)

"The Bigger Picture" - Cam'ron & Juelz Santana (Win Hi) (Lo) (Real Hi)

"Hey Ma Remix" - Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, & Toya (Win Hi) (Lo) (Real Hi)

 
 
 

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