The Diplomats, Diplomats And DukaDaGod Present : Dipset – More Than Music Vol. 1
The biting best of this New York crew
The Diplomats are one of the hottest crews in recent memory — with barely one good album between them. Instead, the Harlem crew has cut some absolutely breathtaking singles, always on their own weird, wordplay-obsessive terms. One of the best releases, featuring Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones and others, was this mix-tape. On the Juice Crew tribute "Dipset Symphony," Juelz, Jim & Co. signify on the old school over the piano scamper of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" — "All you kids lie like carpet do," Juelz spits, while Rell riffs (rips?) off A Tribe Called Quest. Other highlights include Juelz and Fabolous 'slow roasting "So What's It Gonna Be" and Cam and Freekey's grim opera "Somebody's Gotta Die Tonight." If that's not enough Harlem for you, check out Jim Jones 'Harlem: Diary of a Summer featuring the excellent, Don Johnson-esque "Summer in Miami." As the dudes boast, it's more than music — it's a movement.