Cam’ron & Jim Jones Are Back In Business. Their Reunion Revives The Dipset Sound (Audio)
Next week (November 21), The Diplomats will perform their first concert in years. The Hammerstein Ballroom reunion performance of Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Freekey Zekey comes after a very public break-up between Cam’ and Jimmy. Late last year, Killa waved off any possibility of reconciliation. “I wish [Jim Jones] nothing but the best. But I’m not gonna just lie to you and act like something’s gonna happen that’s definitely not gonna happen.” Jim would respond in an emotional interview with Funkmaster Flex.
This is not the first break-up in Dipset’s 20-plus-year history. However, like the others—including a late 2000s dispute that involved Jim Jones allegedly allying with 50 Cent—it did not last. Killa and Capo have now released “Once Upon A Time.” Billed as a Diplomats song, and sporting all four core members on the artwork, the song features rapping by the two who had public disputes. “It’s more than music,” begins the song, which traces back to the Uptown exploits and lavish lifestyles.
The track, released by Empire Distribution, also brings back The Heatmakerz to the fold. The Harlem, New York production group made hits with the Dips including “Dipset Anthem,” “Squalie,” “I’m Ready,” and Cam’s “Killa Cam.” The duo’s trademark was sampling and altering the pitch of vocals, just as they do on “Once Upon A Time.” Earlier this week, the ‘Makerz produced “Talk Dat” for Joell Ortiz and Fred The Godson.
In ’17 Jim signed with former Dipset foe JAY-Z for a Roc Nation management deal. Meanwhile, Cam’ron recently released free mixtape, The Program. That project marked a reunion with Roc-A-Fella Records’ Just Blaze, the producer responsible for Cam’s second biggest solo hit, 2002’s “Oh Boy.”
#BonusBeat: A recent LAST 7 episode looks at the upcoming Dipset concert: