via Nigel D/RealTalkNY
By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
It was a New York state of mind on Monday night (Mar 25) as Dipset celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Diplomatic Immunity album with a special concert at B.B. King Blues Club. Hosted by Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex and his site InFlexWeTrust, the show was steeped in rap nostalgia as Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey performed their collective hits as well as solo sets.
“We taking it to the Tunnel…We ain’t doing bottles we doing mixed drinks tonight!” Flex prefaced the show, referencing the famous Tunnel nightclub where acts like DMX made their mark in the late 90s.
Kicking off with “Ground Zero,” it was clear that the Harlem boys were “back at it.” The crowd, replete with retro rap fans and goons, relished in tracks like Cam’s “Welcome to New York City” (without Jay-Z, unfortunately), Jimmy’s “Day ‘n’ Nite” remix or, as he put it, his “anthem” when he goes to court and Juelz’s “Oh Yes.”
After seemingly disappearing for Jim and Juelz’s sets, Cam’ron came back for a solo set that proved to be the show’s highlight. From “Oh Boy” to “Get ‘Em Girls” and “Wet Wipes,” it was clear that fans have been in dire need of solo material from Killa.
Waka Flocka Flame and Lloyd Banks jumped onstage for surprise cameo appearances on “848” and “Beamer, Benz or Bentley.” Finally, the whole team joined forces for the show’s closing which included the fan favorites “Dipset Anthem” and “I Really Mean It,” still sounding as hard-hitting as ever, a decade later.