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Why “Diplomatic Immunity” is Still Talked About 15 Years Later

This was a prime example of what the East Coast hip-hop scene was made of.

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] was in my living room when I overheard my older brother T arguing with my cousin. I remember him asking, “So which CD is better? The red disc or the blue disc?”

“The blue of course,” my cousin answered. I didn’t know what they were talking about exactly, but whichever color my brother sided with, I went with that side too. Come to find out they were arguing over Diplomatic Immunity. See, T schooled me on everything: tv shows, sports, music, kicks, etc. So anything T listened to, I was bumping as well. I was in 4th grade in 2003. I didn’t fully listen to Dipset until middle school, and over time I grew much respect for Cam’ron and the whole rap collective.

Diplomatic Immunity turns 15  today. This album introduced me to Killa, one of my favorite rappers of all time, and that’s why it’s so important to me.

If Diplomatic Immunity isn’t one of the best albums of the past era, then I don’t know what is. It was a necessary change in hip-hop and New York rap. This city can be headstrong when it comes to rap and their sound, but Dipset assisted to expand the town’s sonic appeal by adding Southern and West Coast style with the East Coast gritty approach. The world was properly introduced to Cam’ron’s brothers, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Freekey Zekey, and Hell Rell as apart of Roc-A-Fella records.

Every track didn’t have hardcore lyrics, but overall the Diplomats weren’t trying to prove sh*t to anyone. What I got from it was that you’re either going to mess with them or not, but they’re here to stay.

“You think you real? Well, my posse is crazier,” raps Cam’ron on “Bout It Bout It III.” Their lyrics were leveled out with the fire production from Heatmakerz, Just Blaze, DR Period, and Kanye West. It was pure genius and comedy!

The first disc is known for its funny skits, hard beats, and best adlibs. As an introduction to the Diplomats, they wanted to make sure they’d made a statement on who they were, where they’re from, and what they’d come to do — all while having fun. Coming off his Come Home With Me album, Cam’ron had already showed us his bold charismatic flow, and proved he couldn’t lose. Since my first impression of his music was from Diplomatic Immunity, I thought his rhyme scheme was boastful and fell in love with his persona. Everything felt real about him. From his lyrics to his fashion sense. Haha! Real men wear pink.

 
Songs like “Who Am I,” “More Than Music,” “The First” and “Dipset Anthem,” were GREAT. Well put together from production to style, Juelz on “Dipset Anthem” gives us that motivation to get out of bed to start a great day. Juelz was so young and hungry, he killed every verse and hook on the album.

This is a group of guys from the streets of Harlem glorifying their come up from rags. You can’t help but to listen and get in tune with their world. Jim Jones aka “The King Of Adlibs” completed every track. This was a prime example of what the East Coast hip-hop scene was made of; talented and highly keened rappers. Happy 15th year anniversary!

 

I love everything about hip-hop. 'Purple Haze' and 'Illmatic' are my favorite albums and I love Lemon Pepper wings! Creator/Producer/Host for #StayOnTV. Follow me: Instagram - @ashleytiffaney | Twitter - ashleytiffaney
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DJ Ryan Wolf – “F.I.U.”

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This is another track that will be featured on his upcoming project Dreams 2 Reality scheduled to release in 2020 under, Capital Structure Ent.The video will be coming soon and was directed by Bolo, an upcoming videographer from Cleveland.

Ryan Gullatt, professionally known as DJ Ryan Wolf, is an American hip hop Disc jockey and mixtape producer. After having been laid off from various administrative positions, Wolf picked up DJing as a hobby to fill time but quickly learned that he was naturally gifted in the art of scratching.

Wolf shot to prominence after he was named the official DJ for the Cleveland Browns. With nearly 40 mixtapes over the course of his music career, he has worked with notable acts including DJ Scream, Machine Gun Kelly and OG Ron C among others.

He is a Heavy Hitter DJ, member of The world famous Chopstars, a coalition of American DJs and turntablists who perform chopped and screwed remixes of popular songs, and also a DJ and radio personality on Z107.9 (Cleveland, OH), 101.1 (Cincinnati, OH), and 107.5 (Columbus, OH).

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Filip Filipi (@FilipFilipi) – ‘Nine Roses’ (Hosted By Gucci Mane)

Today Canadian rapper Filip Filipi drops his mixtape hosted by Gucci Mane titled, Nine Roses. The project coincides with the…

Today Canadian rapper Filip Filipi drops his mixtape hosted by Gucci Mane titled, Nine Roses. The project coincides with the unveiling of his elaborate plans to build a high tech basketball court in Akron, Ohio, the home of LeBron James. The futuristic backtop is dedicated to Filipi’s former manager Kiza, their shared heritage, love for music and basketball.

“I grew up on basketball culture, I’m obsessed with basketball. If you ask me, ‘Who was the 12th man on the Celtics in 2004?’ I can tell you – I love basketball trivia. So the court was inspired by my former manager who passed away two years ago at the age of 33. It was very important for me to do something with a humanitarian aspect of my music and we decided on the proceeds of the music, the merch and with some donations, we were going to make the most high tech basketball court. It has Wifi, it has eco-friendly paint, it has solar-powered benches that have wi-fi and everything you would want. But it has an important political message that speaks on the media manipulation using motifs of Serbian art that show the area where we are from. I can’t wait to get started on it. I don’t care if I get 10 billion streams or 10 million or 10 hundred. The fact that people would come play here and contribute to the court in any way – I’m proud. It’s something for the community.”

While Filip Filipi is still building his buzz, he has been working on the craft of Hip-Hop for over a decade and has had his music placed on major nationwide television shows after his Sizzerb mixtape garnered widespread attention.

“In middle school around 10th grade, me and my friend were freestyling in class and we started recording on his computer mic at his parents’ house when we were like 15,” Filip Filipi said. “Back then, my thing was basketball, by the time I got to college I played a little bit of ball, and then I began to focus on rap. People were saying I could spit, so a few months after I started, DJ Vlad hosted my tape, and it sold like 11k physical copies. For me it was a really big deal because I’m from a small town in Canada and people were buying it in New York.”

Following up with a few more mixtapes, Filip Filipi found commercial success with his single “Boom” on the show So You Think You Can Dance. Stepping away from his more conceptual 90’s style, Filip Filipi was estranged from the rap he knew and he felt his story was becoming distorted.

“When I was coming up the sound was Dipset and that soul sample style on the beat, and every beat had the set of samples. We used to sample old Balkan and Serbian samples and really kind of made that the trademark of our production. There was a time when I started to not like the direction that Hip-Hop was taking toward Techno and EDM. To this day I listen to Tupac, Biggie, Nas, Lauren Hill, Bob Marley, The Fugees and that’s my gold standard of Hip-Hop and music. Like all the tracks remixed with the Backstreet Boys and other boy bands, that’s not Hip-Hop to me.”

Choosing to step away to focus on humanitarian work, Filip Filipi, recalls going on a hiatus from music after he felt local artists were attacking Drake on a chat group.

“I just had to step away and focus on humanitarian work. I’m from Canada, and I turned away from rap music in Canada at the worst time. Toronto was a black hole for music for a time and then Drake hit. He had been coming up with his Degrassi following but he just blew up and at that point it wasn’t really cool to blend Degrassi and rap. At one point, I remember on MSN messenger when everyone was dissing Drake and they started picking on him like a cybergang for like 30 minutes. At that time, my home country was going through a really rough time, so I was already thinking about trying to use my music to do something there. I guess that convo was the straw, because it made me focus completely on the humanitarian stuff, the organization, UN, all that. So I just exited that MSN convo and then The Weeknd, Drake and a whole bunch of other rappers broke big a month later.”

Now back for more Filip Filipi is merging the worlds of basketball and Hip-Hop in memory of his former manager. He hopes music, art and basketball will come together on the court in Akron to provide refuge for other young kids, like they had for him.

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“The beat was a collaborative track with K.E. on the Track. He laced up the beat and I got Jackboy on there for the hook too. It’s just real catchy, we shot the video for the track and it just a had kind of club or pop vibe to it. It’s definitely a Summer song and its very upbeat and kind of fast paced, it def keeps the head nodding.”

Combing elements of guitar and singing, Cameron Airborne has found a lane doing his own thing combining it all with rap after performing in a band early on in his career.

“I play guitar because I had played in a band before and I ended up rapping. It gave me stage experience and the drive to want to do my own thing.” Cameron Airborne explained.  “I branched out and started doing my own music and I always wrote my own poetry so transitioning to rapping was natural. I can make trap music, I can make pop catchy sounding music and I can make real lyrical stuff too.  When I put out a projects I try to put out a little something for everyone to take something away from the project.”

Although most of the world has been shut down over the past few months with COVID-19, Cameron Airborne remains busy producing instrumentals and gearing up for his own studio where he will be able to record artists there. 

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Dallas Rapper Fat Yunginn Signs with Cash Money Records

Recently Dallas, Texas rapper Fat Yunginn and Cash Money Records are happy to announce the Pleasant Grove rapper’s signing to their iconic rap label. Pictured above with Birdman and Ronald “Slim” Williams, this young upstart…

Recently Dallas, Texas rapper Fat Yunginn and Cash Money Records are happy to announce the Pleasant Grove rapper’s signing to their iconic rap label. Pictured above with Birdman and Ronald Slim” Williams, this young upstart has officially inked a deal with one of the most iconic Hip-Hop/Rap labels in the history of music. 

First getting notoriety for his song “Sack Up” in 2016, Fat Yunginn says he always wanted to sign with Cash Money Records and that it’s a “perfect match.”

“I grew up off Cash Money, I grew up listening to them. I ain’t gonna lie I always wanted to be on Cash Money and I always wanted to sign with them. I don’t really go off what other people say or what they do and say about Cash Money. Birdman came up talking about he was the #1 Stunna and if you listen to my flow you can hear my ooh flow fits with this brand. Sack Season / Cash Money Records. It’s a perfect match.”

Raised in Dallas’ Pleasant Grove, Fat Yunginn drew inspiration from his father’s passing and from there began to take off on the strip club scene in Dallas. 

“I’m from Dallas Texas, from a hood out there called Pleasant Grove. I started doing music once my Pops passed away and I just took to music and it was just going up from there. Once I dropped Sack Up it went crazy in the strip clubs and so after that I started taking it more seriously. One night I went in the strip club and tipped a couple of females and this big DJ in Dallas named DJ Hit That began spinning it.  It took off from there and I did my first paid show off that song,” Fat Yunginn said.   “As far as Dallas and the surrounding areas I was able to perform Sack Up out there and I was able to build up my brand. We’re called Sack Season Ent, but we call ourselves Sack Babies. Anything that has to do with a sack of money we about that. Thats basically how they know me around here.”

Going forward Fat Younginn is preparing for the release of his next single called, “Show My Ass” featuring fellow Dallas rapper Yella Beezy.

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