Duke da God
Uptown

duke1.jpgWhile most music executives stay cloaked behind the scenes, Diplomat Records A&R, Duke Da God, has opted to place himself in hip-hop’s forefront. In 1993, the Harlem native started out as the manager for the defunct all-star collective, Children of the Corn, composed of childhood friends, Big L, Ma$e, Bloodshed, McGruff and Cam’ron. When the group disbanded after the death of Bloodshed in 1997, Duke continued to work with Cam despite offers from a then burgeoning Roc-A-Fella Records. When Killa Cam formed Diplomat Records in 2000, Duke was hired as the imprint’s VP of A&R. Three years later, he launched the Diplomat one-stop shop website, DipsetMixtapes.com, and released two compilation albums, Diplomats & Duke Da God Present: Dipset More Than Music, Vol.1 (2005) and Cam’ron Presents Duke Da God: The Movement Moves On (2006). Gearing for his latest KOCH Records release, Diplomats & Duke Da God Present: Dipset More Than Music, Vol.2, Duke chats with XXLMag.com about album sales, Cam’ron’s career and Dipset’s mark in hip-hop.

More Than Music Vol. 2 marks your third album in three years. Can fans expect more of the same with this release?
The first one [Dipset More Than Music, Vol.1] was a success. The [last] album [The Movement Moves On] was a classic. So a lot of niggas loved the albums and I just wanted to go back in with the same type of vibe and show why we’re more than music.

Is it hard coordinating a compilation album like this?
No, not for me. I go in with the fire in my eyes. Once you got the fire, people know you’re serious. Everything [else] just falls in place.

You’re using mostly new producers on this album, rather than Dipset mainstays like The Heatmakerz. Any reason for that?
I like the underdog. I give everybody a shot. So it’s not like I’m missing somebody by not having A-list producers on the album. I like producers that compliment our sound. It doesn’t matter to me. I like Kanye West; I think he’s dope. I think Just Blaze is dope. But I’m not trying to pay that money. We don’t need a producer to sell records.

Speaking of selling records, Cam and 50 Cent argued over album sales, comparing numbers between Dipset and G-Unit. But according to SoundScan, none of Dipset’s latest projects have surpassed the 400 thousand mark.
Regardless, [if] we put a project out and it doesn’t sell to the expectations, [the] love is still there. [SoundScan] doesn’t compromise the music, it just compromises the marketing. There’s always determining factors like, the project wasn’t promoted the way it was supposed to [or] the numbers ain’t up like they should be. It’s like that [in] hip-hop [now]. The numbers ain’t the same anymore. It’s rough weather out there. You got to weather the storm.

Can’t that be used as an excuse, as well? After all, downloading and bootlegging has always been around.
They’ve always been there. The Internet’s been there, but not how it is now. You got 170 million people on MySpace every fucking day. They ain’t have that stuff a couple years ago when the game was a lot better. It does hurt. Even the way companies operate [now] hurts. It’s like global warming — it’s hip-hop warming. We’re just going through the process. Things are changing. You just have to adapt to the changes. You make up for it with ringtones. There were no ringtones back then. There wasn’t no real iTunes back then. You make up for it with other things.

What factors do you consider when going after a label deal nowadays?
You gotta have your business right. You got to know what you want, know what your worth and be confident. If they believe in you, then they’re willing to work with you. They’re in it to make money. If both parties make money, that’s what’s up. Our projects over there [on KOCH Records], they make money. We recoup and everything is successful. We make money, they make money.

Can a new artist be as successful on KOCH as Dipset?
Actually, a brand new artist could do it. Their [KOCH Records] marketing dollars are stiff. They don’t spend a lot of money on marketing. So to develop a new artist, that’s a process. That might take a year or two before the artist develops. They don’t have the time for that, [though]. They want to sell records. They don’t want to develop an artist.

Is Cam really going to rename his album, Courtesy Curtis?
Yeah. Cam said it, he’s gonna do it. Cam is pretty much blunt and true to what he’s gonna do. Cam is the leader and he’s the one that brought us this far. I’m a rider, it don’t even matter. 50 Cent started it and he don’t want to finish it now. Cam is a different opponent. He [50] can’t do what he did to Ja Rule.

What are your thoughts on Cam’s appearance on 60 Minutes last Sunday?
I thought it was dope. He’s exciting. He’s what the people want to see. They like his responses, his confidence, so he’s definitely what the people want to see.

Some fans feel Cam’s switched his style a lot in comparison to his earlier work. Do you think that’s a fair criticism?
To me, Cam is one of the greatest MCs of all-time. If you look at all the MCs who didn’t change, look at where they are [now]. They can’t do what Cam do. They can’t demand what Cam demands. Cam is smart. He changes with the times and keeps reinventing himself. He keeps himself running in people’s minds. Where as other artists [who] never switch up are not even in the game anymore. Everyone wants the old Michael Jordan. Everyone wants these old people but they gotta change up. People were mad when Jordan added the jump shot to his game. Niggas was mad, like, “He don’t dunk no more.” But he had to do [that] to win them chips. That’s what Cam’s doing.

Dipset has sparked a lot of trends. Now it seems everyone has swagger jacked your rock ‘n’ roll clothing style.
That’s why we’re more than music. We got music too, but we’re icons. We’re the people that people want to be like. In Hollywood they mimic and do the same shit. We more than music, we’re businessmen, we’re fashion models…do some shit that niggas wasn’t doing and make it pop. That’s more than music.

Why has their been so many delays with Hell Rell’s album?
Sometimes, the momentum ain’t built up. It’s all about timing. Hell Rell kept getting pushed back ‘cause we want to make Rell’s shit hot. We believe in Rell. So I feel like Rell can pick up where a DMX left off. We didn’t want to rush his project.

  • Goonie

    MOVE WIT THE MOVEMENT R ITS MOVING WITHOUT YOU!
    YA DIIGGG??

  • Styleballer

    Hell Rell is one of the most underrated MC’s right now, can’t fuckin wait for his debut, its gonna b pure heat fo sho

  • trav

    The diplomats are what’s up… Listen to cam back in the days lyrics and I find them very compareable to his lyrics today. Very brash, crazy, blunt, and he flips words and syllables like nothin today too. His delivery has just changed. He has way more swagger and like Duke said, he’s more in touch with what it is that his fans and prospective fans wanna hear from him. Nobody garners as much attention as Cam does.. People go out of there way to try to talk shit but that same intensity can be seen in people listening cuz they’ll damn near brawl with dudes talkin shit. Why…? Cuz its real street dudes listening to em and you can’t disrespect nothin the streets are feelin without gettin slapped..

  • http://XXL LYCAN BEATS

    Oh yeah… And! Dipset all day… Phoenix is holdin down the diplomats.

  • 1SHOT DEAL

    ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME CAM IS THE GREATEST MC OR A DOPE MC ……MAN DUKE IS ON CRACK WHY DO YOU GUYS THINK HE CAN RAP…..AND THE ROCK STAR DRESSING IS GAY TIGHT PANTS AND CHAINS …..HOW GAY IS THAT

  • Jay Slay

    anyone wanna talk shit and shout out dipset is gay? well go ahead they obviously don’t need your love bitches. Cam is the shit, fuck 50 he made candy shop, cam’s rymes are crazy but they make you laugh and you know u love that shit. I will shout out young buck though. Dipset the movement moves on.

  • Holla

    Quote of the CENTURY!
    “It’s like global warming — it’s hip-hop warming”
    LOL

  • http://www.msn.com King Ben

    Dipset!!!!!!!

  • LANO

    Why don’t you and cam get a room.You know cam is a dumb shit why do you follow him ?If it’s just money your a sellout, but if it’s not money you are just dumb as him.

  • http://www.myspace.com/16kings outya’self

    1SHOT DEAL
    ^^^
    CO-SIGN YA DIG! JIMMY’S AIGHT THO HE GOT CHARISMA.

  • Chicago

    Another piece of bullshit about dipset. These niggas think they runnin shit because of them beefin with the ROC and living off of that ballin shit. THEY SUCK!!! Duke da god riding cam’s dick cause he has no other place to go. If hes one of the greatest MC’s of all time how come he’s not your favorite rappers favorite rapper? And if he think he so called “bodied” Jay and Nas this nigga is doing coke fo real.

  • that dude

    duke da god is trippin…cam greatest of all time?! Get da fuck outta here! LOL

  • http://xxl Q-BURO

    cam is probably the worst rapper of all time….he was good back wit big L …”had a spark when he started but now he’s just garbage”. Dickset faggots……GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG-unit

  • dneroda1

    cam one of the greatest mcs of all time..wow..i’m spechless lmao

  • dneroda1

    so cam bodied jay and nas..than explain how they both sold more in their first weeks than Killa Season has in a year..cam is delusional..theres no other logical explanation

  • jdawg

    cam was tight back in the day, confessions, even sde, but when that lame switched up his style he garbage. and to say that he bodied jay and nas . . . . .CMON MAN!!!!!!!!!

  • J.R.O.

    AKA “The MySpace Hacker”

  • http://http:/xxlmag.com trav

    Cam is one of the rawest rappers period.And nobody garners as much attention as he does in the game right now. Whether its positive or negative. I know that the ones who do listen to him and rock to his shit are the streets(the real streets). Then you have the main mainsteam music followers that go out of their way to listen to his and the diplomats music or interviews just to criticize and talk shit. Lyrics…? Listen to what that dude is really sayin and how he flips his shit. This dudes word play, cadence, and swagger isn’t matched by anyone in the game today.

  • http://XXLMAG.COM MR.TR380

    CAMRON SUX ASS RIGHT NOW,DUDE WAS WAY BETTER WHEN HE WAS WITH CHILDREN OF THE CORN.DIPSET NEEDS SOME NEW TALENT NOW,CUZ EVEN HELL RELL SUX.OH BOY,USE 2 B THE SHIT BACK WHEN HE FIRST GOT OUT THE PEN.IT SEEMS LIKE THE BROKER THESE RAPPAS R THE BETTER THEY R.80!!!!!

  • http://myspace.com/surgeandsalz Fetti Ent

    IN ALL SERIOUSNESS. AS AN ARTIST CAM HAS LOWERED HIMSELF TO A JOKE BUT HE WILL ALWAYS BE LYRICALLY NICE. THE THING NOW IS HE DONT KNOW HOW TO MAKE SONGS, OR MAKE AN ALBUM FOR THAT MATTER. HE GOT LAZY. SO DID JUELZ AND JIMMY. JUELZ LYRICS HAVE DETERIORATED TO STUPID SIMPLE ASS LINES AND JIMMY THINKS HES HOT CUZ OF AN ADLIB!!! LOL IT SEEMS LIKE CAM DONT TAKE SHIT SERIOUS ANYMORE. WHY WOULD HE NAME HIS ALBUM “COURTESY CURTIS?” THATS THE ONLY KINNA THEME HE COULD COME UP WITH FOR HIS ALBUM? THE ONLY PEOPLE RIDING WITH CAM STILL ARE THE OYAL MUTHAFUCKAS LIKE DUKE. EVERYONE IN DIPSET HAS LOWERED THEIR LYRICAL ABILITY TO TRY 2 BE POP. THE NICEST IN THE GROUP AND QUOTE ME MUTHAFUCKAS “IN THE WORLD” IS J.R. WRITER!!! EVERY LINE IS CRACK!!!

  • Rodjilius

    duke doin it big im definately gettin the album when it drops DNEROD i think cam’s been slackin off tho i like him but hes just fallin off now

  • Danny

    Fetti Ent Says:

    April 26th, 2007 at 1:01 pm
    IN ALL SERIOUSNESS. AS AN ARTIST CAM HAS LOWERED HIMSELF TO A JOKE BUT HE WILL ALWAYS BE LYRICALLY NICE. THE THING NOW IS HE DONT KNOW HOW TO MAKE SONGS, OR MAKE AN ALBUM FOR THAT MATTER. HE GOT LAZY. SO DID JUELZ AND JIMMY. JUELZ LYRICS HAVE DETERIORATED TO STUPID SIMPLE ASS LINES AND JIMMY THINKS HES HOT CUZ OF AN ADLIB!!! LOL IT SEEMS LIKE CAM DONT TAKE SHIT SERIOUS ANYMORE. WHY WOULD HE NAME HIS ALBUM “COURTESY CURTIS?” THATS THE ONLY KINNA THEME HE COULD COME UP WITH FOR HIS ALBUM? THE ONLY PEOPLE RIDING WITH CAM STILL ARE THE OYAL MUTHAFUCKAS LIKE DUKE. EVERYONE IN DIPSET HAS LOWERED THEIR LYRICAL ABILITY TO TRY 2 BE POP. THE NICEST IN THE GROUP AND QUOTE ME MUTHAFUCKAS “IN THE WORLD” IS J.R. WRITER!!! EVERY LINE IS CRACK!!!

    ^^^ Cam is J.R perfected fool!!

    Don’t get me wrong J.R is siiick!! but better than Cam? Fuck oughta here!!

    Cam is top 10 greatest… ya dig?

  • 11kap

    DIPSET: Manhattan in the mothafuckin house, haters. Big up!

  • http://www.msn.com Killa King Ben

    Cam dat dude ya dig??? His flow: crazy, swagger: Gigantic, dude did body NAS on Diplomats Vol. 2 Cam is everybodies favorite rapper to talk about period. Killa Season is ahead of its time, that issome classic shit right there YA DIG?!? DIPSET ALL DAY!!!

  • Big Ron

    this clown need to go somewhere cam one of the greatest,yeah he great for running like the bitch that he is when jr mafia fucked them niggas up in they own hood please!jenny jones calling one time on tru life so he can get out of the studio !santana getting fucked up at the P.R.day parade,them teletubbie dipset niggas been over!BROOKLYN STAND UP!

  • OmNiPoTeNt

    To me, Cam is one of the greatest MCs of all-time

  • Crossbow

    While I question a lot of what these cats do, the one thing you can’t deny is that they keep people talking. Dipset is indeed a unique blend of fashion, and self- promotion, and they grind harder than any group of cats in hip-hop. That being said, let’s blow some holes through Duke’s Interview.

    1. Movment Moves On was fuckin’ TERRIBLE compared to More Than Music, Vol.1, and is about 700,000,000,000 miles from a classic.

    2. Cam is an all-time great: Fuck, I really don’t have anything to say after that. I’m off to kill myself.

  • NonyaBizz

    To Jay Slay “Cam is the shit, fuck 50 he made candy shop”
    come on now…Cam came wit dat DUMBASS “SUGA DOOGY” Or whatever that garbage was damn…hahaha Cam is all swagger and no talent…and he dress’s like a clown

  • TRZT

    DIP SEEEET !!!!!!!!

  • Boonie

    MUTHAFUCK DIPSET…first of all, Duke got some nerve to say and I quote, “Cam is one of the greatest MCs of all-time. If you look at all the MCs who didn’t change, look at where they are [now]. They can’t do what Cam do. They can’t demand what Cam demands. Cam is smart. He changes with the times and keeps reinventing himself. He keeps himself running in people’s minds”. Cam is way garbage. He is not smart, he’s just one of a pink-banging bunnies, dumb ass who go after the greatest MCs ever touches the mic. Cam need to get off Ja-Z, Nas, and 50 Cent dicks. Ya’ll Dipshit fans is pussies, can’t even defines greatness, smart, intelligents among real MCs. Check the record. Another thing, Duke the Broad-We ain’t against all odds, we against all broads. The Dips Is Ova!!! Hellooo!!!

  • http://www.xxmag.com Lil Beast

    Fuk All Yll Lil Hatin Bitchz U Digggggggg
    Dipset All Day Evay Day
    I Wanna No Who Ya Pussyz Listenin 2
    Dat Commicecial Shyt Huh
    Dat GunState
    561

  • http://hiphopforum.pl breakdance

    i don’t now this guy…

  • http://officialhiphop.blogspot.com JOE CASTRO

    For all the cats who describe Dipset as a movement, riddle me this… what the hell are they moving towards? Are they speaking up for causes critical to the community, or are they just making money and throwing it in the community’s face?

    Heads need to wake the hell up and stop calling everything a ‘movement’. Dipset doesn’t stand for a whole lot, other than making money; that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it only benefits them.

    When Dipset starts speaking out about things such as high school dropouts, police brutality, and freeing Mumia, then maybe I’ll be able to turn a blind-eye to the fact that they can’t rap.

    And generally speaking, most of the time when Cam does a television appearance, he makes hip hop look like a minstrel show; swagger is cool when you rapping, but at some point one must speak with some damn intelligence when asked a direct question.
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  • Ice Gotti

    I’m with Dip Set to the fullest fuck what niggaz think about the set.

  • Kyser Soze

    Me too, It’s Dip Set all motherfucking day! They’re the modern-day Wu-Tang Clan, and Killa is the real King Of NY>

  • runninthe617

    “To me, Cam is one of the greatest MCs of all-time. ”

    is this guy fuckin serious? cam’ron has been reduced to fuckin ABC rhymes, when was the last time the kid has spit a crack verse? i cant seem to recall. dipset is only fire cuz they say they is, they have no real staying power, and to be honest the only ones who are really lyrically talented are JR and Hell rell, and maybe juelz. and stop sayin cam used to be good, if anything he used to be aight, he just sucks a lot more now. I mean ill fuck with dipset and all they got some cool music, but all it is, is a buncha kids talkin shit bout how they move coke

  • mr. undisputed the mogul

    “BITCHSET!!!!!!!!!!!THESE COWARDS ARETHE BIGGEST JOKES IN HIP HOP,EVERYTHING THEY SAY & DO IS CONTRADICTORY. DUKE SAYS CAM’ WAS DOPE & EXCITING ON 60 MINUTES!
    1ST WHAT WAS SO EXCITING ABOUT HIM SAYING HE’D RUN & LEAVE THE HOOD WITHOUT LETTING PEOPLE KNOW IF A SERIAL KILLER LIVED AMONGST EVERYONE??!! 2ND EXPOSE THE BIGGEST SECRET ABOUT HOW THE “BITCHSET” KEEPS BRAGGING ABOUT ALL THE MONEY THEY GETTING & CHECKS THEY CA$HING!!! ON EVERY MIXTAPE/FREESTYLE/SONG YOU HEAR HELLRELL/JRWRITER/CAM/ETC. HEARS THE NEW SLANG I’M COPYWRITING THESE PUNKS ARE “BUDGET BALLER$” FOR THOSE THAT DON’T KNOW EVERYTIME YOU GET READY TO WORK ON A CD THE RECORD LABEL IF THEIR BEHIND YU WITH SUPPORT WILL CUT YOU A CHECK TO COVER ALL YOUR EXPENSES OF PAYING FOR STUDIO TIME/PRODUCERS ETC. ONCE YOUR CD/ALBUM IS COMPLETED WHATEVER $$$$$ YOU DID’NT SPEND YOU POCKET IT!!!!!I DID’NT BUY KILLA SEASON, BUT WHEN XXL DID THEIR TOP 10 MOST ANTICIPATED CD’S 2 YEARS AGO,ALL OF THE PRODUCERS LISTED TO WORK ON THAT ALBUM KNOW ONE HAD EVER HEARD OF!! EXAMPLE YOU GET A BUDGET OF $250,000 SPEND $50,000 ON BEATS,BECAUSE YOUR USING UP & COMING PRODUCERS, YOU SPEND BETWEEN $2500 & $5000 PER SONG.THEY DON’T CARE BECAUSE YOUR A STAR & IF THEIR SONG BLOWS UP, THEY BECOME KNOWN EX. THE RUNNERS LAST YEAR, GOTTA HOME STUDIO = FREE. MAYBE SPEND $50,000 ON MARKETING (ADS IN XXL ETC.) & KNOW AFTER ALL THAT YOU’VE GOT $150,000 IN CA$H LEFT. GO BUY A FEW NEW PIECES OF JEWELRY, GO ON RAP CITY & SAY CHECK OUT MY NEW “ICE” NAIVE FANS AT HOME SAY WOW, HIS LAST ALBUM FLOPPED & HE STILL GETTING BIG MONEY. THEREFORE THE RAPPERS IMAGE OF BALLLINNNN!!!! IS UPHELD EVEN THOUGH THE MAN WHO WROTE THE HIT SONG (MAX B)CAN’T GET BAILED OUT BY THE BITCH WHO’S PROFITING OFF OF IT!!! EVEN DUKE SAID I LIKE USING THE “UNDERDOGS” TRANSLATION MIGHT HAVE BANGING ASS BEATS I CAN GET CHEAPER THAN PAYING KANYE,JUSTBLAZE,NEPTUNES ETC. LADIES & GENTLEMEN THEIR YOU HAVE IT,
    “BUDGET BALLER$ CLASS 101

  • Dr Flav

    Lol @ these angry niggas who read the article, they really want a dip chain on they neck. Big Ups to Duke for giving the unknown producers a shot to get on. Promoting his team. Its Duke’s opinion that Cam is amongst the greats, I think Cam got lyrics, what kind of sucker girlman insults a person for what they like? Them dudes dont owe Max B shit but royaltys, dude was dumbassed for letting a broad get him roped up in that bullshit, I wouldnt waste my chips either, they put the fool on, thats enough. Dipset is a movement of cats getting money, owning things, staying fly and helping other street cats do the same. QUIT HATING AND IF YOU FROM NY HATING, THEN YOU REALLY A LOSER and Im A southern dude.

  • flyboy403

    All you haters r so gay dipset starts every trend ! And u jus can’t understand cams slang and word play that’s why u think he sux he flips the shit everytime new flows all day not 2 mention 40 and Jr and rell they sick the dopest crew out they all dope and u all like mainsteam juelz he’s dope 2 but he the most mainstream outta all of them so all u juelz fans r just radio fags shout out 2 juelz though goin gutter again wit I can’t feel my face I can’t wait Fuck all u haters pound 4 pound the dips will wreck any crew cuurrtiiss!!!
    Dipset all day everyday no known producers 8 bucks a album set all the trends eat a dick haters

  • http://officialhiphop.blogspot.com JOE CASTRO

    Judging from the comments to this article, I’ve made the following observations about Dip Set fans:

    1. they’re all under 17 years of age

    2. have either dropped out or on the verge of dropping out of high school

    3. have no mastery of the English language

    4. can’t distinguish between wordplay and what it is that Cam’ron does

    5. will probably never impact society in a meaningful way

    6. use the term ‘hater’ when they run out of good arguments

    7. likes rappers that they have been told are popular

    8. just started listening to hip hop music today

    9. finds the fact that wack rappers can get ahead comforting to their own aspirations of being a wack rapper

    10. are white and come online to pretend that they are black

    11. are black and come online to pretend that they are thugs

    12. are contributing to the decline of good hip hop

    13. use the fact that Dip Set make money as evidence that they must be good

    14. believe rappers when they rap about selling drugs

    15. will probably call me every name under the sun once they realize they fall into one of the above categories

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  • M@

    allwho?? xxlmag.com interviews> everyone else

  • http://www.xxlmag.com THABLOCK

    CAM HAS 2 NEW SONGS OUT THAT ARE HARD…. THERE CALLED DEAD THE FUNERAL, AND FEELS LIKE IM LOSIN…. CHECK THEM OUT ON IMEEM

  • http://http:/xxlmag.com 31

    This dude Joe Castro is a prime example of someone goin outta their way to critique the diplomats with a bias opinion… Crazy right? Its mind blowing how one would take the time to invest interest in reading what everyone has to say when its pertaining to sum they don’t like and can’t stand… then talk shit about both the diplomats and whomever it is with something positive to say about em.

  • 11kap

    The Diplomats are diplomatic. that’s why they are successful. fuck the politics. aint nothing political about Hip Hop. Dipset is pure Dope, mothafuckas, suckas! Get a fuckin’ grip, bitch. You slippin’.

  • AZ

    I love the Set but some of the shit duke was just crazy…He shouldn’t name his album courtesy curtis b/c that’s a wack name…I wouldn’t name my poo curtis

  • Facescar

    JOE CASTRO Says:

    April 26th, 2007 at 9:39 pm
    Judging from the comments to this article, I’ve made the following observations about Dip Set fans:

    1. they’re all under 17 years of age

    2. have either dropped out or on the verge of dropping out of high school

    3. have no mastery of the English language

    4. can’t distinguish between wordplay and what it is that Cam’ron does

    5. will probably never impact society in a meaningful way

    6. use the term ‘hater’ when they run out of good arguments

    7. likes rappers that they have been told are popular

    8. just started listening to hip hop music today

    9. finds the fact that wack rappers can get ahead comforting to their own aspirations of being a wack rapper

    10. are white and come online to pretend that they are black

    11. are black and come online to pretend that they are thugs

    12. are contributing to the decline of good hip hop

    13. use the fact that Dip Set make money as evidence that they must be good

    14. believe rappers when they rap about selling drugs

    15. will probably call me every name under the sun once they realize they fall into one of the above categories

    Wow you must have an intense social life homie..

  • Jody W.

    *reads*,*laughs at Joe Castro’s post*,*continues listening to The Weatherman LP*

  • GODBODY

    Peace, Castro hit that one of the head, and to the others Cam and Dipset–the greatest MC and Rap Group–your brains must be mush from sniffin’dog poo
    one

  • Klassik

    Camron is a bitch…… Dip-Shit Dip-Shit Dip-Shit. Agree with everything Joe Castro said.

  • BJ

    This has to be a joke Cam is one of the greatest MCs of all-time in what planet Cam not in anyones top 50 MCs hell i dont even think he is in anyones top 100. You cant be serious, Cams style is terrible he needs to go and reinvent his style all over. That pop corn ass rap style. He needs to kill him self and start all over.

  • THE KING

    Too much shit to say about this…

    The Movement Moves On a “classic” – get the fuuuck outta here!

    Hip-hop warming – what the fuck??

    Cam one of the greatest – what the fuck??

    And then a ton of excuses for having shitty record sales. I think G-Unit is corny too, but people ain’t buy yall shit cause it ain’t that good.

  • Danny

    Dipset to the fuckin wheels fall off nigga!!

    The Movement Moves on is not a classic, More Than Music V1 is a classic!!!

    Ya dig?

  • DeeMill

    Hey u eva notice how a artist b4 his major release is hot as fuk spit’n flames on da mixtapes and then once dat artist do drop major da album b doo-doo.diz nigga HELL tho.man dat nigga gon make a serious mark in diz game.watch what i say.(no dick rydin)but da nigga can spit!!

  • Mrs.Jonez’s

    THATS WHATS FUCKIN UP YA DIGG? DIPSET IS STILL MOVIN YEA CAM ACTIN CRAZY BUT DIPSET IS STILL DAT SHIT YA DIG? IM HOLDIN IT DOWM FOR THEM AND JIM I LOVE U!

  • flyboy403

    Bla bla bla u list all these things that make no sense. I’m 23 and been followin cam since confessions u geek. I am white and everybody hates the dips so why would the media tell us to like them. haha no radio play up here in Canada geek!
    u like who u like, no hip hop radio at all, and Yo didn’t rell jus get outta jail? wait didn’t zeke jus get out of jail ? Oh ya sellin drugs not that that is cool, I would know I’m a reformed dealer, again that’s not cool but, just to prove ur a looser that’s talkin bullshit ur a HATER. Haha ur talkin about cam u know what u urself is doin personally ? Cams line u all love to hate ur makin him get ” the computers ‘putin”
    Haha out that in ur blog and smoke it blogs r for ppl with nothin better to do but butch on the comp about other ppl

    Ps do u know who first said hip hop is dead ?
    Cam dissin nas
    Learn ur history

  • http://officialhiphop.blogspot.com JOE CASTRO

    @FLYBOY403

    Since you made a direct reference to my list, I’ll make reference to my list.

    You fall into categories:

    1(even though you claim you’re 23, you come across as someone much younger; either that or you don’t have a whole lot of life experience sonny)

    2(I’m almost sure of this)

    3(do I really need to validate this one?)

    5(in my neck of the woods we got real drug dealers, and people who weren’t that deep in game anyway, so they got out while they could; real dudes in the game wouldn’t put that much info on the net in the first place)

    6(you were way too predictable on this one)

    9(I’m pretty sure you’re one of those white dudes who like to freestyle while they’re drunk and start thinking ‘yea I can do this hip hop shit’)

    10/11( a white reformed thug from Canada, who’da thunk it?)

    Don’t tell me about learning my history, until you learn enough to hold your own in this war of words.

    To everybody else, if you like Dip Set then fine… my comments were aimed more at the die-hard fanatics who scream out Dip Set like they down with the team; stop it, you playing yourselves.

    I can’t say I’ve never heard a Dip Set track I liked, but they are mad overrated. Dip Set is the east version of No Limit in their prime.

    Except nobody from No Limit tried to portray themselves as dope lyricists; they made records, made money, and kept it sort of humble. I can respect that.

    But when cats think Dip Set is better than or as good as Wu Tang? That’s not knowing your history.

    Also, if you want to make people feel Cam the way you do, then stop quoting weak Cam lines… ‘computers ‘puting’? I’ll pass homie.
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  • http://officialhiphop.blogspot.com JOE CASTRO

    Oh yeah, do people still use the word ‘geek’?

    What, doesn’t Canada receive a lot of hand-me-down slang from the U.S.; and the best you could do was ‘geek’? Fam, you need to smoke something and calm the hell down.

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  • http://http:/xxlmag.com 31

    My man Fidel Castro up here is a funny dude for real… How bout this line, “yo I got to eat, anything you lost I keep/ shot the 5th an then like a ‘Piston’ tossed the ‘Heat’”… That’s just a little sum sum from your boy Cam. Oh and “I got 10 homes.. 8 whips, bout to trade the whips for a space ship/ call me NASA man… Inside plasma fam, got a warrant, I’m in orbit come after Cam.” This fool is clownin around sayin nice shit..

  • http://officialhiphop.blogspot.com JOE CASTRO

    @31

    Now see, I can respect those lines you quoted… not enough to change my mind about Cam, but at least you bothered to quote something other than putting Dip Set in all caps.

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  • James

    Let’s be serious. Why are people looking for Diplomat members to be us leaders. They are musicians (entertainment), lets not forget that. Duke is entittled to his opinions. They are speaking and saying things people say on the corners everyday, as much as people dont want to hear it. IGNORANCE is what we have to deal with. Duke good luck on the album, i’m picking up a copy because I like the music, I’m not looking for JR Writer to save the world!

  • James

    Let’s be serious. Why are people looking for Diplomat members to be leaders. They are musicians (entertainment), lets not forget that. Duke is entittled to his opinions. They are speaking and saying things people say on the corners everyday, as much as people dont want to hear it. IGNORANCE is what we have to deal with. Duke good luck on the album, i’m picking up a copy because I like the music, I’m not looking for JR Writer to save the world!

  • http://http:/xxlmag.com 31

    All of the diplomats are nice for various reasons… Obviously they all have “swagger” but more than that they can all spit hot shit except Jim. BUT, he’s got the club and street anthoms on lock though. On each of these dudes cds they have at LEAST 1 or 2 songs that would prompt their albums to go platinum. As much as people talk about sales, these dudes only bring that shit up when they’re comparin themselves to people that are expected to sell 10x as much as they do and don’t.(I.E. Cam clownin on 50 for all the bullshit they put out and were expectin to go multi and didn’t.) Meanwhile the diplomats have sales compareable to these major label rappers and crews and really they’re just puttin out fuck around songs but are cakin off the indi shit cuz the streets are who is buyin the shit, not “pop music or BUBBLE GUM” music listeners. With that said, however, you can’t base your opinion on a couple of songs on line or a video and say they’re wack. I buy their shit, not for the few radio songs or singles but for the street shit. Same with my boys Cassidy and Buddens. I challenge anyone to go pick up anyone of Dipsets cds, listen to it all the way through, and say the shits wack. I’m addressin a lot.. My bad. But to my man that said they aren’t a movement an all that shit. Define movement for me please!lol ur silly dude. And, I could fuckin swear that on every one of the damn cds put out by the diplomats there’s a song on there talkin about how they got put on and how appreciative they are of their situation, not all crack and money songs. More so, they’ve all done positive songs that almost anyone could relate to, no matter what hood you’re from. So, to the ones screamin DIPSET, keep yellin… There’s not one “hip hop group”aka”MOVEMENT” lol, that is fuckin with the diplomats.

  • http://officialhiphop.blogspot.com JOE CASTRO

    My last comment tried to extinguish shit, and now all of a sudden I’m silly?

    You’re asking me to define ‘movement’ in general terms, but you can’t even define movement as it pertains to Dip Set? Now that’s silly.

    If you seriously believe Dip Set is a movement, then you’re just buying their CDs and being stagnant enough to ensure their success, and not your own.

    You fell for the marketing scheme; admit it, then go change your life. This has went on way to long… I’m done with this.

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  • 007

    Cam is one of the greatest MCs of all-time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow

  • http://http:/xxlmag.com 31

    Ay my man Castro, I feel you dude… I realize what your last comments intent was. You articulate yourself very well ,and as you said, my comment was in general. I just don’t know how you’re killin these dudes on here with your vernacular, “nice right?”lol, and while everyone has their respective opinion, they can’t contend with what you’re sayin. Its mind bogheling to me for real… (no homo)

  • http://XXLMAG BINO

    I THINK THE DIPS HAVE TO SHOW A LITTLE MORE
    IN THEY RHYME SKILLS IF YOU LOVE HIP-HOP THEN YOU KNOW THEY ARE NOT THAT SHIT…YET HIP-HOP IS IN A STATE WHERE DIAMONDS,CARS,HOES,& CLOTHES ARE KILLIN EVERYTHING WE LOVE IN HIP HOP AND YOU ALL CAN REALLY SIT THERE AND SAY THE DIPS OR G-UNIT GOT IT ON SMASH! WHAT’S BEEN HOT FROM THE UNIT SINCE GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN
    WHAT’S BEEN HOT FROM THE DIPS SINCE THE WRITERS BLOCK MIXTAPE, I KNOW THEY GOT FANS CUZ I’M ONE BUT FOR HIP-HOP’S SAKE LETS BE REAL I’M NOT HATIN IT’S REAL TALK
    CLEVELAND STAND UP!!!!

  • http://http:/xxlmag.com 31

    AND, not to dwell on anything too much but to tie up all loose ends… “Movement”: Ones group or coalition of people working towards a common goal. Hmmm…? As it pertains to..
    “Dipset”: I know that everyone on here knows what their common goal is…? Get money, get love from the streets, and to put as many people on as possible.(low budget producers((“heatmakerz” is a good example)), as well as other artists) and the list of artists is way too long for me to provide. And I’m not buying into any marketing scheme cuz I’ve been followin Cam since before that fool could even contemplate having a marketing scheme. I like the music and how they go about their business more as a family rather than a record label. Their unity is unparalleled in the game today.

  • Who u?

    great interview, too many funny moments.
    Fuck is Duke talking about?
    My dick> cam’ron’s career.

  • flyboy403

    geek is a term used for wack ass internet “geeks” push ur glasses back dude they slippin and speakin of bitin slang didnt u states dudes used to laugh at us for sayin eh ??
    now u all do
    ur a fuckin faggot ur shiot makes no sense go back to ur blog
    tryin to get hits and free advertisements ur like fuckin perez hilton u gay fuck
    eat a dick and about the 2 much infro ive been arrested dude i did my time i got no worries bout the feds i now council in high school u HATER queer step ur game up ur hurt points dont make no senbse and i wasnt sayin that line was nice i was sayin thats what the fuck he is talkin about in the line everyone hates .
    and if u wanna know bout hiostory hit me up dude for real i bet u cant name a fuckin cd i dont have doggy thats what i kept from the game dude moooonnneyyy
    i dont only like the dips i like it all homie i think theyre funny and stylish so grow the fuck up u GEEK net nerd now let me get back to downloadin porn on my black berry faggot

  • flyboy403

    Ps I said I used to sell drugs I was never a thug

  • Mr.Yayo

    Hell Rell- okay
    J.R. Writer- no good
    Juelz Santana- a great m.c.
    Jim Jones- kiddie rap that is fucking annoying
    Camron- stupid fucka for beefing with Jay-Z and 50 Cent when they could destroy him in one bar. Going on 60 minutes saying all the shit he did and then agologizeing right after for what he said.

  • Smitty Motha Fcka

    what tha fuck is duck talkin bout 50 dont want to finish it now? fif ethered cam on funeral music, shitted on him hard on young bucks original version of hold on, i know he aint over

  • big sherm

    dipset all day stop hating they may not have the best flow but at least they are actually trying to put new york back on top and i’m from the south suckas dip dip dip dipset !!

  • big sherm

    oh yeah by the way they’re getting money so you hatas get off your ass and get yours!one more time dip dip dip dipset!

  • Sawyer Blade

    Fuck 50 cent. Cam’s got way more skill and style than that bucktooth bitch. Can’t wait for Cortesy Curtis to drop and make Curtis Jackson’s career come to a stop!

  • BILLY JOE

    Damn yo Dipset news always gets the most responses.

  • http://xxlmag.com DC’s Finest

    Man, DC Niggas ben dressing like rock-stars/prep. Dipset jacked our style. Dem niggas got Nike Boots from DC! Fuck Dipset anyway, its all about the R.O.C.

  • http://xxlmag.com DC’s Finest

    O yea, Cam a gump, moe. He aint MC. He a rapper. He can’t even spit nuffin meaninful or introspective. Hae jus capitalizin off of Ma$e and Big L(RIP)… Get off his dick

  • http://xxl dotdot

    duke da god is a foot soilder…he does whatever cam tells him to do..if jimmy didnt win with balling..it would of been over for the dip chits…them dudes is trash….ggg unit all day…and im from harlem…how you like that…..

  • http://xxl brain child..

    duke da god eat a dick…cam is one of the best mcs of all time….he dont even believe that chit….get the fuck outta here….computers computing…boobadi booping….lol….you cant be serious….

  • AZ$RugerMan

    DiPSET all Day for all you Fuck boys out there hatin’ on the Set AKA:trendsetters cuz these cats got that swagg and wordplay better than Muhammed Ali .. If u don’t like these cats material then don’t read the damn article and pleez dnt even bother pressin’ play. Obviously they may not be the most lyrically gifted intellectually but got better metaphors, punchlines, and beats than your everyday rapper. Honestly i don’t have any of these cats in my top10 but they keep it gully so i gotta REP tha SET!!!

  • 11kap

    these DC niggas are real full of themselves, but that’s a lot of shit. Nobody is copying those corny nerd motherfuckers down there. They have no style and no soul in DC. Just a bunch of shallow slow azz retards out ther. MFs think they’re priveledged but don’t got shit, fuckin’ dirtbags.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mc585 M.C

    just another garbz’ rapper—in turn for his flop….lol…nigga garbz””all the dip set fans–need to re-invent themselves…face it–it as fun while it lasted–am got one plat-album–the others are pure trash–jimmy was ballinnnn because of that single–album garbz–or shuold i say his lyrics is garbz—juelz is garbz but no one knows that yet–and every last dude they signed in the past year or so is garbz”’specially hell rell–talking bout he’s the hardest out–wow–he must of forgot about the GHOST–SP

  • http://www.myspace.com/mc585 M.C

    I started reading this interview untill this nigga said “To me, Cam is one of the greatest MCs of all-time” gte the fuck out here……Although that’s your opinion —i still say get the fuck out of here the hardest sht that man ever spit was on clues–prof-prt1—AFter that–that album under the ROC was tight–after that this man been trash—googoo gaagga tight of fella”’

  • detroit d-boy

    why the fuck iz this lil nigga cryin bout the internet,that aint no excuse,if the shit aint hot then it aint hot.Stop crying bitch.

  • young fresh

    let me tell yall sumthin.cam iz not real. how the fuck u real when u got yo mans settin up dummy missions to rob niggas.so y he aint set up in a position 2 make real money.if I recall aint nobody in g unit catch no bullshit like that cuz 50 make sho evrybody str8.it dont make u real just cuz u in the hood cuz its alot of fake ass bitch ass and hoe ass niggas here 2.cam aint provin shit..shit yall can take it how u wanna take it.

  • G.E 17 st.

    illest mofo on dipset is un kasa…you foo’s should check out sum battles on you tube or smack….that mofo is fire….all that other ballin shit is bullshit.real talk.

  • young Brooklyn

    word i been rockin with the set for a min now and pretty much everything duke was sayin is true i mean one of the reasons dipset is so hard is cause is cause niggas could relate to them all of them rell,cam,juelz,40,zeekey,bezel,and of course the boy jr its like the say move with the movement or its movin without you