The Diplomats are officially in the building and ready to talk with MTV News’ Sway on “RapFix Live” about their reunion. Remember the show is live so the guys will be answering your Twitter questions sent to @MTVRapFix with the hashtag #rapfixlive and your video questions submitted at Your.mtv.com throughout the show.
When we spoke to Cam’ron last year, the foursome, including Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey, were just beginning to get back into their Dipset groove. “Salute” brought fans back to the classic Diplomats’ sound, characterized by booming basslines and epic anthems that seem to be made especially for New York radio in the summer.
“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.”
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.