Diplomats: ‘I’m Ready’ – (feat. Juelz Santana, Jim Jones & Cam’Ron)
Decades Active: 2000’s
**Cam’Ron’s Harlembased Diplomats crew (also known as Dipset) centers around Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, JR Writer, and Diplomat Records president Freekey Zeekey. Though the first two volumes of Diplomatic Immunity, released in 2003 and 2004, did well commercially, they’ve also made a fortune off a series of underground mixtapes, some of which have received wide distribution via Koch.**
**After Cam’Ron signed a solo deal with Roc-a-fella Records in 2002, Diplomat Records was created, which is under several different labels, including Def Jam (Juelz Santana), Koch Records (Hell Rell, Jim Jones, & J.R. Writer), Warner Bros Records (Katt Williams), and Asylum Records (Duke, Cam, Jim Jones). With Cam feeling like a proud parent his Diplomat Records soon gave birth to the Diplomats, a rap movement that was intended to re-route the path Hip-Hop music was taking. Original members of The Diplomats included Jim Jones, Cam’Ron, and Freakey Zeekey. Shortly thereafter Juelz Santana was brought into the mix to make what could be seen as an unstoppable force in Hip-Hop. The Diplomats sound quickly spread from New York City, to across the USA, to international giving center stage back to the sixth borough, Harlem. The group is recognized for its hardcore lyrics, anthemic sample-based production, and steadily growing roster of members and affiliates.**
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