The Diplomats are officially back as SOHH helped fill a sold-out B.B. Kings concert in New York City last night (March 25) and watched Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey finally reunite.
New York’s Hot 97 radio station personality Funkmaster Flex helped set things off by playing hard-hitting jams prior to the Diplomats coming out.
Even though the doors opened at 10:30 PM EST and the show was scheduled to kick-off at 11:30 PM EST, Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex spun all-time hip-hop classics well into midnight. The radio station heavyweight made sure to hit each borough during the deejay set as Queens felt love with spins of Mobb Deep and Brooklyn received ample amounts of Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G. cuts. With each passing minute, the venue loaded up with more diehard fans who came for a night they would never forget. (SOHH)
Once the Diplomats finally made their way to the stage, they lived well beyond fans’ expectations.
Juelz Santana helped send shockwaves through the crowd as he ran out onto the stage, followed by Jim Jones, Cam’ron and the colorful Freekey Zekey. While required bangers like “Salute” and “Dipset Anthem” played to start things off, each Diplomat had a solid 10-15 minute opportunity to run through their own hits. Jim Jones led the way, performing tracks like “Summer with Miami” followed by Juelz Santana who went throwback to modern day with his records and then of course Killa Cam made sure to tear down his set with tracks like “Bout It Bout…Part III,” “Get ‘Em Girl,” “Down & Out” and “Wet Wipes.” Diplomat affiliate J.R. Writer even made an appearance to perform his 2006 hit, “Grill ‘Em.” They all collectively came in and out to do records like “I Really Mean It,” “Hey Ma” and “Oh Boy.” Unexpected appearances by Waka Flocka, who performed “848” with Jimmy and Juelz, and Lloyd Banks, who performed “Beamer, Benz or Bentley” with Santana helped close out the night. (SOHH)
Last week, B.B. Kings’ marketing director Drew Granchelli promised SOHH the event would live up to fans’ expectations.
“Leave it to Funkmaster Flex to bring Dipset’s 10 year anniversary party to the heart of Times Square. Funk Flex and Harlem’s own Dipset have defined the New York hip-hop sound and scene for even longer than the 10 year anniversary party would suggest. B.B. King’s has been the home of great hip-hop and rap nights since we opened the doors, and this night should be no different,” Granchelli told SOHH. “When Funkmaster Flex and Dipset get together for a 10 year anniversary party, one thing is for sure: with all the history there, it’s going to be a true ‘night out in New York’.” (SOHH)
Recently, Jim Jones spoke on diehard Dipset heads aching for a Diplomat reunion.
“It’s nothing really holding it up,” Jimmy said in an interview when asked about the Dipset reunion. “It’s just an organic thing, it’s a band of brothers that started this game from teenagers, made a h*ll of a lot of money, probably more money than most of the industry had ever seen, um, you know, we all was feeling ourselves, little discrepancies, got back together, loving the fact that we could get back together on our own regard because everybody is their own boss, it’s still Dipset for life, all of us have been recording. This month marks the ten-year anniversary of Diplomatic Immunity 1, the first album we did together. So yes, there will be a lot of surprises this year. We plan to attack a lot of Summer Jam stages, we plan to attack a lot of venues, um, we good. You’re gonna love it, I promise you. And we have some music, that’s the scary thing. … I can say now we have some music that’s going to bust some people’s heads open.” (“Jenny Boom Boom TV”)
Check out footage from the reunion show: