Dipset’s Cam’ron recently talked about the quiet tensions between his crew and one-time Roc-A-Fella Records labelmate Jay Z and came up with a theory on why Diplomats receive no love at Young Hov’s popular 40/40 Club locations.
While neither Jay or the 40/40 Club have addressed the allegation, Cam believes Jigga intentionally has Dipset’s records tuned out.
Even when some viewed the original Jay lyric as a slight, Cam refuses to take the bait, but still he wonders why Hov is still bothered by Cam, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey, who have made a number of rap favorites as the Diplomats. “It’s ridiculous. I got DJs who DJ in there, who are my people and you can’t play no Diplomat music in there. Will we irk you that much,” Cam says of the supposed ban in Hov’s string of 40/40 Club. “That’s the thing that make me be like, ‘Wow.’ Because I don’t care, I like it, because if I had $500,000 million nothing can make me mad. But just for the simple fact that we get under your skin that much good because we’re that fly, we’re that flashy, and we just that type of people to get you upset. But I don’t have any problem with him, I think it’s cool, but c’mon.” (MTV)
Cam also assured fans his Diplomat family has nowhere the same issues as Jay has toward them.
“I think he has more of an attitude with us than we have with him. We had our moment back and forth, but I’m kinda over it. Like if you go to the 40/40 Club you’re not allowed to play Diplomat music,” the Harlem rapper alleged when he spoke with MTV News on Wednesday. (MTV)
Recently, Cam said he felt a need to speak out in light of Jay claiming he made artists like himself millionaires on Drake’s “Pound Cake” record.
“I didn’t really take no shots at Jay,” Cam said when asked about his “Pound Cake” response. “I just thought I named a couple facts. I didn’t have any beef with Jay. Basically, Jay’s really strategic. I respect Jay because I respect people who get money and I respect his motivation to get money and his hustle. I respect that but the way he put his rhyme, it was more like, he said, ‘I made more millionaires than the lotto did,’ like, Lyor [Cohen]. Like, Lyor didn’t have millions already? I don’t know about Kanye, him and Dame – and the way I worded it, I meant to say I had a million before we did business together because when I met Jay, he didn’t have a million dollars either. That’s why I respect the grind and the hustle. I knew Jay and Dame when no one had a deal, when they were grinding and going on the road, opening up for Method Man when he was hot.” (Miss Info TV)
Killa also admitted since Jay dropped those lines, he has been approached on multiple accounts about Jigga helping him touch millions.
“I respect what he came from and what he did but the way he put the rhyme, he was like, ‘I made more millionaires than the lotto did,’ and I was like, by the time I got to Roc-A-Fella, I already had my own thing going,” Cam added. “Whether my music was gold or not gold, I was doing me. You know what I’m saying? I just wanted to clarify that because it was like, ‘Jay made you a millionaire?’ I just wanted to speak on that. I go to Harlem, ‘Yo, Jay made you a millionaire?’ We made each other money. Basically, at the end of the day, I made money and he made money. … I didn’t go crazy, you know when I go crazy, I go crazy. To me, that was more like straightening out what he said. It wasn’t no diss or nothing like that. I don’t got no ill will towards him. I wish him the best of luck but once you say my name I’m like, what’s going on?” (Miss Info TV)
In a separate interview, Cam said he felt Jay could have rephrased his bars but instead went with a witty name-dropping “Pound Cake” verse to catch attention.
“Not really shocked, that’s just mad random. I thought it came from nowhere basically. Just to clarify, I don’t think Jay was necessarily taking shots at me. I just stated the facts of the scenario. He said he made more millionaires than the lotto did, but I knew Jay when he didn’t have a million, when none of us had a million, when Dame and them were on the come-up. I respect what all of us have done because I know where we all come from. But the way he put his lyrics [together] and made it seem like he made n*ggas money or put them in the place where they was supposed to be… He could’ve worded it like he helped n*ggas make more millions, instead of saying you made n*ggas millionaires. … Yeah. It wasn’t nothing, but you know the streets and the blogs and the radio personalities turned it into whatever they wanted to turn it into. I’m fine with that.” (Karen Civil)