View Full Version : The Diplomats Reunion

09-28-2010, 05:57 PM
Today I look at the Dipset reunion and the potential it has for hip hop.


It’s not often done, and from what I can recall it’s never really succeeded, but the reunion of a group in hip hop always makes headlines, if for nothing else because we all love a good story with a happy ending. Recently it’s been the team of Flea, Capo, and Bandana, better known as Cam, Jimmy and Juelz – The Diplomats – who have decided to repair whatever broken ties they had and come back together to release an album. So far the magic seems to be still there as “Salute” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCQvgX3xyf4), produced by the best young producer in the game Araab Muzik (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dniLGoLYBrU), is easily the hypest track of the summer, even with Killa’s questionable interpretation of ATMs. The question now is what will come from this little backyard BBQ bash other than a lot of reminiscing on what once was, is this the future, or just the past?

The Diplomats have the chance to prove that reunions can and do work. During their appearance with the always beautiful Angie Martinez on Hot 97 (http://theangiemartinezshow.com/blog/2010/09/audiohot97-countdown-9-24-10/) it was mentioned that they’ve all kinda held their own during this time away from the group, with Jim Jones seeing the most fame off the strength of “We Fly High” (better known as “BALLIN!!!”). Killa has also done pretty well for himself with countless mixtapes and an underrated album (http://cdn.nahright.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/camron-crime-pays-cover.jpg). Juelz is Juelz, as long as he’s still Santana the Great there’s nothing to worry about (anyone else feel like he’s kinda like the Bleek of the group? no Garnier (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An-wwVuxe4A)).

For those who either slept, or are new to this whole thing, back in the early part of this decade the Dipset crew was running the game, from their mixtapes to the Diplomatic Immunity album to Cam’s Purple Haze, and culminating with an unforgettable performance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob833JYAIAw) at the Source Awards, complete with depictions of the corner life on stage and the all pink everything that we all let slide because damn, who the FUCK else had ever really been serious about rocking pink (http://gender-panic.com/blog/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/camron.jpg)? Add in the lyrically monsterous affiliates which made Wu affiliates look like the guests on Erick Sermon’s “Insomnia” album and you had the biggest crew of talented rappers the culture had seen since the Wu-Tang themselves gave us a 6 minute single with no hook (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isumZjs3dKA). Shortly thereafter Duke Da God released a couple garbage compilations, Cam gave 50 the title to his next album while on vacation in some “undisclosed location” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvRPh8pDaas) and all of a sudden the Diplomats were gone. Enter Vado and 2010.

The reunion of a group is always a big production as the story surrounding it often times ends up more memorable than the actual reunion itself. Whether it’s original members not stepping up and having to be replaced or the growth of certain members making a return to the vibe damn near impossible, there always seems to be an issue that makes an otherwise momentous occasion turn into yet another entry in the hall of fame of rap fuckery. “Chin Check” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vAmKdgrLf8) was a waste because Eazy been gone, “Back Uptown” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENO1b18ZjSc) was the least soulful shit I’ve ever heard in my life and yall are gonna sleep on Naughty by Nature no matter how sick their new shit is (and it’s fire btw (http://naughtybynature.com/blogdetail.php?7)) and if anyone actually cares about either a Hot Boyz or Bone Thugs reunion then by all means enjoy whatever nonsense comes out of that shit, but as far as reunions that will actually get some sort of attention beyond the group’s fanpage, the Diplomats is by far the biggest one we’ve seen in rap’s history.

But after all the hype and the interviews, is the music gonna be good? Are we gonna get hit with the Slime Flu or will the shot make us immune this season (that was too much haha). Cause really, it don’t matter how dope it is that they’re back together, if the music sucks then it will be just another forgettable event in the long chain of useless moves in rap, just ask the Game about bad music (http://freshlyservedhiphop.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Game-Brake-Lights-Back.png), he been making that for years now.