By D.L. Chandler
The legendary hip-hop fixture DJ Clark Kent skyped in during the live broadcast to chat with Cam’ron, Jim Jones and Freekey Zeeky and challenge the Dips just a bit. The DJ, credited with helping a young Jay-Z and former Bad Boy MC Shyne rise to prominence, bluntly stated his terms.
“What are ya’ll gonna do for our city as far as perfect songs and making a difference for our music,” the Brooklyn DJ pointedly asked. After some playful jabs from the guys at Clark’s voluminous sneaker collection, the crew got serious and answered Kent’s inquiry about bringing New York hip hop music back the foreground.
“You’ve been doing this so long, [so] for you it’s probably painful just to see the wackness out here, “ Cam’ron replied. “You come from where hip-hop was just basically being formulated and people was still figuring it out and you was part of the figuring out. It’s painful for me, [so] I could imagine it’s killing you. I just think all of us gotta buckle down and say ’We can’t cheat the people.’ I think with Diplomats, we never cheat the people.”
Jim Jones publicly thanked the DJ for encouraging the then-neophyte MC to continue his rap career after a radio appearance with Cam’ron.
“You was on the radio with Cam, first time he went up to the air,” Kent said to Jimmy. “You rhymed and I was like ’Who’s that?’ And Un (Riveria) was like ‘That’s Jimmy’ [and] I was like ‘unbelievable, he should keep rappin’.”
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