Dipset’s Juelz Santana recently updated fans on the status of a long-awaited Diplomats group album and why he temporarily lost his place in the music a few years ago.
According to Juelz, buzz behind a Dipset reunion LP back in 2010 felt rushed and too premature for himself.
“Shout-out to Jim, shout-out to Cam. I’m not going to even lie, at the time, when we put out the ‘Salute’ record, it was still at the time where I wasn’t doing a lot of music, just, period. I wasn’t back in the zone that I needed to be in, musically. Honestly. It’s not even about that project. I had the same way like I took a break from everything. … I wasn’t really in my mojo to just sit down and just complete a Dipset project. We up with my man Flex, this is a new year. In order to get it right, we’ve got to make it all the way right. You dig what I’m saying? That’s why I’m saying it is possible, because I know Cam is willing to do, I’m sure Jim is willing to do it. I’ve always been willing to do it, it’s just about me getting my music mojo back.” (“Funkmaster Flex”)
Last spring, Santana talked about putting efforts into his own music and getting his Diplomats all back together.
“I’ll probably drop two mixtapes before the album and we gonna get everything right, we gonna get everything back in the proper perspective where it need to be,” he told MTV News. “When I put out my music it will be well worth the wait, that’s all I can say.” And in case you were wondering about the status of Diplomatic Immunity 3, the long-awaited reunion album with Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz and Freekey Zekey, that idea is still on the table. “Hopefully we gonna get that Diplomat album poppin’,” Santana plugged. “We just want to do that the right way.” (MTV)
In 2011, Jim Jones spoke about the slow progress surrounding the team’s album delay.
“Currently in motion, we been working . . . it hasn’t been going as fast as we’d like it to go because everybody got so much business that they’re doing aside from where we left it,” Jones said about the current state of the Diplomats album, before taking to the basketball court of a Downtown Manhattan, NY middle school with his “Jones Family” squad as part of MTV2 and Converse’s Band of Ballers event. “But we definitely been locking in. Shout outs to Cam, shout outs to Juelz, shout outs to Freekey Zekey. Everybody’s on board.” (XXL Mag)
Retail-ready or not, Juelz opened up on Dipset’s long-lasting legacy in early 2012.
“Things [are] normal. Everything is good. Me and [Cam’ron] and [Jim Jones] we just did our first show on the West Coast the other day. That sh*t was crazy out there. A good five, ten thousand people out there. They don’t make them like us no more. I’m gonna keep it funky. It’s [the] perfect time for my kind. Took a little hiatus if that’s what you wanna call it, but I ain’t really go nowhere. I always got something out there, whether it’s some verses here or there, I don’t just go nowhere. That’s why they’re always checking for a n*gga. I won’t let you down this time. That’s all I can say. Let’s go.” (Real Talk NY)
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