The Diplomats (Band)

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2014

    The Start and Stop of Juelz Santana

    A decade ago the city limits of Harlem seemed to expand worldwide as the Dipset movement became a universally celebrated entity in hip-hop. From critics to customers, mainstream audiences to underground heads, traditionalists to avant garde indie kids, Dipset seemed to have something to offer everyb ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 7, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 5/5/14

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    The Best Dipset Songs Ever

    Time flies especially when one of your aliases is "The Fly Boys." It's been 10 years since the Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and the rest of that "hooligan gang" the Diplomats (a collective of Harlem hustlers and goons) released their double disc effort, Diplomatic Immunity. Since then they've g ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 13, 2013


    Cam, Juelz, Jimmy, and Zeke remember the good times

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Live: Cam'ron Throws A Homecoming Party At The Well

    Cam'ron w/Flatbush Zombies, Asaad, Reese The Well Saturday, July 14 Better than: The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Mark July 14 on your calendar as another historic date in New York hip-hop's current growth spurt. On this day, people from all corners of the city gathered in a semi-legal warehouse yar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Dipset (13) Clashes With Bette Midler (5) As SOTC's March Madness Gets Heated

    ​Sound of the City's search for the quintessential New York City musician enters Round Two this week. Today, all the remaining contenders in the Uptown division battle it out in the Round of 32. Keep up with all the action here. As if predestined by the Moirai, Bette Midler and the Diplomats will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Sound Of The City's March Madness Begins With An Uptown Faceoff Between Diddy (4) And Dipset (13)

    The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madness—in which we determine the quintessential New York musician—launches this morning with a series of polls. Up first: Harlem's quintessential hip-hop cadre, Dipset, takes on the genre's megamogul, Diddy. Check out the argu ... More >>

  • Music

    February 22, 2012
  • Music

    December 1, 2010

    AraabMuzik, MPC Hero

    The demonic dance-floor bombast of hip-hop producer Abraham Orellana

  • Music

    November 24, 2010

    Dipset Reunites, and Vado Ascends

    Harlem's finest are back, but Cam'ron's new protégé might steal the spotlight

  • Music

    May 13, 2009

    Cam'ron, the Prodigal Killa

    A return as hyped as Brett Favre's, and about as successful

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Best Fall from Local Rap Grace: The Diplomats

    Those who spent this summer listening to New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” crank out of car stereos from Harlem to Brooklyn could be excused for feeling a bit sad. It wasn’t so long ago that we had our own indigenous ways of making SUVs (er, hybrids) thump—years after D-Block and Wu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008

    Cam'ron Surfaces, Sort Of

    Those who spent this summer listening to a certain New Orleans-based rapper's "A Milli" crank out of NYC car stereos could be excused for feeling a bit cheated. It was not so long ago that we had our own indigenous ways of making hybrids thump—years after rap crews from Wu-Tang to Roc-a-Fella fell ... More >>

  • News

    February 5, 2008

    The Fabolous Life

    Hanging with a rapper who has close ties to his home. Maybe too close.

  • Music

    December 26, 2006

    Dipset's Parole Model

    The Harlem crew's president and cred-enhancer is once again free to fly high

  • Music

    January 31, 2006

    Return of the Ruckus

    Still unhinged after more than an ol' dirty dozen years, the Wu-Tang Clan stage a Shaolin family reunion

  • Music

    November 29, 2005

    The New Mixtape

    DVD magazines released straight to the street turn crime kingpins into hip-hop heroes

  • Film

    April 5, 2005

    The Sound and the Grand Jury

    Mock-doc rave flick deft but deafening, while Dash drug-biz pic sells Roc product, not plot

  • Music

    July 22, 2003

    Tales of the Tape

    Mix CDs Radically Transform the Business and Culture of Hip-Hop