Who doesn’t love a comeback story? The Diplomats have been prepping theirs for over three years , but outside of 2010’s “Salute” and a smattering of live shows, it seems like Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey’s comeback moment may have passed.
“It might’ve passed, it might not; I can’t say. We do shows four, five, six times a year together. We get booked to all do shows, it’s just that everybody all got their personal thing goin’ on,” Cam explained to MTV News on Wednesday of the Dips reunion and comeback album Diplomatic Immunity 3. “Jim is doing clothing, El doing clothing, I’m doing movies and clothing. It’s just that everybody’s got to find that space. What we don’t want to do is dilute it and make it seem like it’s fake.”
The Dips started a storied mixtape run starting with 2002’s Diplomats Vol 1, and though they were a part of Jay Z’s Roc-A-Fella roster they exuded a street energy all their own. By the time the quartet dropped their gold-selling Diplomatic Immunity album in 2003, the group was at their height and Juelz and Jim Jones were well on their way to building the type of solo careers that Cam was already enjoying. By 2007 infighting began to break the group apart.
“When we did Diplomats music it was all genuine and I think that’s why people love it so much, because they seen a group of kids from Harlem that had almost nothing come up to be platinum-selling artists and people rode that wave with us,” Killa said. “So, that’s the one thing that we don’t want to do, is make it watered down or it’s not genuine.”
On October 1, Cam dropped Ghetto Heaven Vol. 1, a 19-track mixtape prepped to promote his upcoming “1st of the Month” film series. Cam says he’s constantly in the studio working on new music, but as a group the Diplomats haven’t put in the necessary studio time to record a cohesive body of work, and they aren’t ready to short-change their legacy.
“Basically we’ll get in the studio, then people get busy for two or three weeks and don’t see each other and that turns into two or three months,” he said. “But we’re all in a good space and everybody’s friends with each other, we just got to find that time to see if we can make it happen, so I don’t want to say yes or no to that.”