By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Shaheem Reid
While The Diplomats are set to appear on our “RapFix Live” couch this Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, things weren’t always so fluid between the gentlemen. Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey suffered a very public rift that stalled the group’s collaborations and left their fans hoping for a reconciliation. However in 2010, Cam’ron began recording with Harlem’s own Vado and releasing their Boss of All Bosses 2.5 mixtape with DJ Drama, the Dipset leader seemed to have buried the hatchet.
“Jim’s got a good work ethic too. His work ethic is crazy,” Cam’ron said last year of he and Jones’ reunion. “He’s in the studio all the time. I’m in the studio. The producer AraabMuzik is signed to DukeDaGod. Araab went and took Jim some beats. I already had the beat [for ‘Salute’]. Jim said, ‘Let’s do something to this.’ We got it done.
“It wasn’t no big story behind it,” Cam added. “He sent me the record, I did it. He went to Juelz’s studio, I knocked it out. Jim comes by my crib where the studio at. We sit down for two, three hours, and we go in the basement and knock the songs out. I’m not gonna sit here and act like some spaceship landed or a boat docked. Jim comes by the house, we go in the basement, we smoke, do the song, that’s it. We go back in another two, three days and do the same thing.”
Though Cam made “Salute” sound pedestrian, fans across the globe rejoiced that the Uptown crew was on the verge of getting back together for good.
The Diplomats are reunited and the Uptown collective — Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey — are bringing their revived threesome to the couch where they’ll be our guests on “RapFix Live.” Dipset will kick off the second season of MTV News’ hip-hop live stream show on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET right here on RapFix and MTV.com.