40 Cal.
Dipset City

40-cal.jpgCalvin “40 Cal.” Byrd is the ideal diplomat; he’s calm, cool and careful with his words. Raised in Harlem on 140th St. and Lenox Ave., Cal. used his slick punch lines and witty metaphors to defeat countless competitors throughout his Uptown stomping grounds and by 2003 he signed to childhood friend Cam’ron’s Diplomat Records. From there, 40 appeared on various Dipset-affiliated releases, including Diplomatic Immunity, Vol. 2, DukeDaGod’s More Than Music, Vol. 1 and 2 and Cam’s Killa Season. Along the way Cal. also became a mainstay on MTV2’s popular Fight Klub series, where he earned the title of “Mr. Rewind That” for his notable bars. Last year, 40 independently released his debut mixtape, Broken Safety, through Diplomat Records. Earlier this week, Babygrande Records put out his follow-up effort, Broken Safety 2. While the Harlem native is trying to further his career, Hot 97’s gossip queen, Miss Info, recently reported an internal rivalry brewing between Dipset head honchos Cam’ron and Jim Jones. Capo allegedly wanted to kick Cam out of Dipset, but since the initial reports earlier this month, both sides have been mum. XXLMag.com caught up with 40 Cal. to find out about his new album, battle career and what’s really going on between Killa and Capo.

Let’s cut right to the chase. What’s the official word on this alleged riff between Cam and Jim?
Right now, it’s just family affairs. I don’t think it will escalate to the point where it’s really affecting me. I don’t even know the full story myself. It seems like there’s a lot of miscommunication going on. I can’t say I fully trust Miss Info’s website, so the facts are still shaky to me. No matter what, I’m reppin’ Dipset all day. As an artist, the beef might affect my career—the business side of things. But as a person, I’m keepin’ it movin’.

Keeping it moving from Cam or Jimmy?
Well, I’m biased because I was signed by Cam and I grew up on the same block in the same building as him. Cam and me have a different relationship than Jimmy and me. Cam and me chill all day. Lately, I don’t even spend too much time with Jimmy, so that’s that. Truthfully, I think it’s just two brothers fighting. It’s family beef, they gonna duke it out and then give each other pounds and hugs at the end of the day.

How would you characterize your new project, Broken Safety 2?
I followed a format with this album. Every album should have that one hard joint, like, “Stick ‘Em.” That’s just to show you my credibility, that I’m really a lyricist, that I’m actually nice. Ever since I heard [the Notorious B.I.G.’s] Life After Death, I feel like every album’s gotta have one of those Southern bounce joints. In between all that, there should be a few singles. On this one, I tried to study classic albums and their formats.

What albums did you look at?
Cam’s S.D.E., Biggie’s Life After Death, Nas’ It Was Written, Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt

Jay-Z? With Dipset’s long-running beef with Hova are you even allowed to say that?
I’m not gonna front like the nigga wasn’t nice. You already know what it is. My whole thing is, I got morals. I’m with my brothers [whether] you right or you wrong, man. I like Jay-Z, but if he was to say, “Yo, 40, let’s do a joint.” I wouldn’t do a joint with him. I wouldn’t jeopardize what I got going on right now for that. But I do respect the dude lyrically.

You’re known for your Fight Klub battles. While you were working the battle circuit, were there any rappers that impressed you?
Yeah, there were some cats out there. I’d rather not say their names and give them shine. [Laughs] A few years back I went to All-Star weekend and [there was] this cat Iron Solomon from Fight Klub. They brought us out there to battle some niggas—Carmelo Anthony’s brother, or some shit. We really shut the whole shit down together. Solomon’s freestyle off the top was crazy. That was pretty impressive to me.

How would you describe your battle style?
My style is more ’hood. My punch lines is like some shit a nigga in the ghetto or the ’hood can relate to. It’s like, “Niggas down on your hard luck/You must be takin’ birdbaths/’Cause we can all see you washed up.” I got a feel for what the streets wanna hear, so I try to provide that. I’m from the same block as Big L, McGruff and Cam, so that’s who my rhymes are influenced by.

How can you tell the difference between a nice MC and a dude that’s just connected in the industry?
The nicest niggas are unsigned. They’re probably performing on the subway right now. They just don’t know the right people. There are definitely some older dudes where you could just tell they were nice. Redman was always someone like that for me. He’s definitely in my top 10.

Who else is in your top 10?
Jadakiss… I mean, after Dipset, there aren’t too many spots left.

You’d put every single Dipset member in your top 10?
Nah, truthfully, I wouldn’t put everyone in Dipset in my top 10.

Who wouldn’t you include?
Nah. [Laughs] I wouldn’t want to name them ’cause somebody might come up to me like, “Word, I’m not in your top 10?”

Would any of the up-and-comers on G-Unit make your list?
Truthfully, I’m cool with the dude Mazaradi Fox. But the other dudes, I don’t really see no competition. I don’t even hear their music. I couldn’t tell you a single song from Spider Loc or Hot Rod. If I go by what I’m hearing on the streets, I’m hearing Dipset all day. As for 40 Glocc, I feel like he’s my son. He got my first name. I just don’t feel there’s room for two people with names so similar. It’s like a nigga named Juelz Bandana or Jim Johnson. I’m done pickin’ on that nigga, but if he still wanna talk, eh, whatever.

Do you ever feel you’re competing with everyone else on Dipset to be that next dude?
Nah, we’re all family. We’re competing with everybody else. Amongst ourselves, we compete on a professional [and] personal level. You probably hear it on a few songs. Each person tries to go harder than the next person.

Let’s say two years from now you’re still in the same position career wise. Would you be content with that?

Nah, truthfully, I couldn’t see that. If I’m in the same position I’m in [two years from now], I’ll quit. I wouldn’t even do this no more. I need growth.

  • 11kap

    The diplomats stay in the news for so many people to hate them. They must be good for something. I like their style, personally. Big Up!

  • gman1020

    1st dipset all day dipsets music is by far better then g unit

  • gman1020

    g unit is pussy and if u dont like dipset why are u reading this HATERS

  • gman1020

    g unit is pussy and if u dont like dipset why are u reading this HATERS

  • gman1020

    DIPSET

  • Holla

    LOL @ 40 dissing his own crew, not putting everyone in the top 10. JR Writer and Hell Rell r gonna be mad lol

  • http://www.google.com Nyce

    danny how many more dipshits dicks u go suck?everytime they bullshit asses on here u ridin dick,what u need 2 do is put cam’run in self-defense class and get you a woman,you str8 pussy,ive never seen 1 nigga ride another nigga dick so hard since……..lil wayne and baby lol u homo FUCK DIPSHIT

  • meenstreek

    DipShits!!!

  • ACE

    Holla Says:

    LOL @ 40 dissing his own crew, not putting everyone in the top 10. JR Writer and Hell Rell r gonna be mad lol
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    It’s like 50 cent put in his top 10 all the G-unit, example: Tony Yayo # 3? HAHAHA

  • FuckUPayMe618

    40 sickest rapper out since Eazy E Dipset is good for hip-hop and he didn’t diss his own crew he’s just being honest

  • http://www.hoodtalk.org hoodtalk.org

    40 is nice…Mazaradi Fox…dumb out….collabo would be nice…

  • Rodjilius

    dipset all day 40 speak the truth
    about the top 10 thing tho hes right dipset got alot of nice people but some just arent worth putting in a top 10 lyrically

  • Zegonya

    How ’bout just quit now?

  • beeyo

    40….. Ahh whatever. I look at dude, I know he got locked for check fraud, “robbin banks WITHOUT a gun” (his own words), came out and called himself 40. Cal. I just can’t get behind this fradulent shit. At least Glocc has the lifestyle to back up his music, make it more honest. This guy… Ahh whatever.
    “Make your father cop, like Carl Winslow”
    Wow. Subpar.
    He got some nice lines here and there. Would these talented rappers please start being honest with themselves so we can hear some real music, please?

    Oh, and Iron Solomon is some white dude from the LES. Fucking guy is funny as a Muthafucka.
    “You look like Ruban Studdard had sex with his toothless mother, didn’t use a rubber and made you, his useless brother.”
    Better than anything 40 has ever said.

  • Hold That

    JR Writer and Hell Rell are nicer than Cam and Jimmy

  • Danny

    That has to be one of the realest interviews I have ever read…

    Seriously, dude is mad honest…

  • 11KAP

    NYC STAND UP!! EAST COAST IN THIS MF!! SOUNDBWOY! ONE TWO, ONE TWO!!

  • MadRapper

    How does 40 not even know the status of his own crew? He’s a weed carrier! This just goes to show you how crews are so out of touch with each other. He probably never he met Jim Jones.

  • http://xxl q-buro

    HELL RELL ONLY the rest of the DIPSHITS are just that…shit
    g unit…..i cant root for cam after being knocked out and not fightin back…..that and he hasnt spit nothin nice since 357….when big l died…so did cam’s career

  • Iron Spire

    40 Cal is that dude. Those she-unit dudes do not want it. look at it, who in G-U snitch is that dude lyrically? 50 was never hot, it was just his work ethic and catchy tunes that made that Donkey King-looking mothafucka hot. O yeah, and Eminem is usin him as an excuse that he actually likes people with brown skin. The whole g-u snitch is finished like Murder Inc and Death Row, so 50 needs to start puttin out best-ofs. 40 cal and JR got it right now, then next up is my man Bezel, what happened to him? Anyway, Dip Set is too strong to break up.Get wit the movement or get moved on. Dip Set!

  • HAVOC908

    the nigg@ 40 said he aint hearin no thsyt buzzin from HOT ROD??? nigg@’z losin his fukkin mind….but i’ll give it 2 him though 40′s ma favorite in Dipset b-sides the nigg@ Writer….Uno(1)

  • http://jarredr_904yahoo.com J-Reese

    A yo to be real this whould be the dude that will save Dipset from going under and that real. I know he want say it be he know he’s the sickest dude out of all of them. 40 cal is dipset

  • john cochran

    DUDE CAN PUT WORDS TOGETHER BUT HE AINT BUILT FOR NO FULL LENGTH ALBUM. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOMEONE FROM THE DIPS ACTUALLY IMPROVE LIKE WAYNE HAS, BUT IT PROLLY WONT HAPPEN CUASE THEY COMFORTABLE BEING CAM AND CAPOS LIL BUDDIES. ITS SAD THAT REAL MCS GET NO LIGHT AND CLOWNS LIKE DIPSET ARE ALWAYS IN THE MEDIA.

  • http://jarredr_904yahoo.com J-Reese

    Ok 40 if you dont want to say it ill say it for ya. 40 cal is the sickest dude in dipset hands down no one’s even close he is Dipset. Dang 40 now thats not hard to say…

  • slim gutta

    cam got smacked for talkin shit, jimmy cant rap for shit, and juelz fell off after his 1st album and i dont even know who the fuck this fool is. dipset is dead

  • Killa Cam’ Jr aka D.Randy F. baby

    man DIPSET aint fallin apart nigga we gettin our shine on and fuck 50CENT and his rat ass clique GGGGGGGGGG-UUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTT
    its DIPSET all day. DON’T CONFUSE IT STUPID LOOK AROUND DIPSET WE THE ONLY MOVEMENT MOVIN

  • hyphie510

    WHO IS THIS GUY,,I LIKE 40GLOCC BETTER FUK THIS IMPOSTER

  • http://XXLMAG.COM THA BLOCK

    BEEYO, THAT AINT BETTER THAN WEN 40 SPIT THAT WHOLE VERSE AND SAID, SHAKIN YOUR COLA, THATS THA ONLY TIME YOUR COKE WUZ BUZZIN CUZIN

  • http://almostaexpert.com missile6

    Them rhymes 40 be spitting is wack. Juelz is the best in the camp. Them dudes need beats to help. I give it to 40 for speaking real talk in the interview, most don’t. I like how he gave respect and said he basically just ridin wit his wack ass partnas.

  • Ziggy

    FUCK BITCH SET AND FUCK JON COCKRAN THEY BOTH FAGGETS….

  • CJ

    Wayne is going to make Juelz Fuccn Shine wait 4 I cant feel my face the albulm Jim not that good Cam be funny killa killa mo killin killin fo killa killa wut de fuck Hell Rell 40 an JR Writer nice as shit dont hate on dem Basickly Cam a hot head dat dont know when to shut his mouth dats why he got shot in DC MID-ATLANTIC ALL DAY CHECK OUT DC CLAP BY DEM COMMITIE BOYS SHITS HOT

  • Ike Burna

    I don’t even fuck with dipset like that at all. But this kid said some real things. Its not a lot of heads that can man up and call it like they see it whether they are in a certain camp or not. He coulda played that fake ass soldier role and said fuck Jay or act like the whole dipset was in the top 10 when we all know them muhfuckas suck. So from here on fucks with the kid.

  • mrgetmoneyy

    all u niggas sound dumb as fuck bitch dipset could neva fuck g unit banks a murda da whole dipset so get they dick of yall tongue bitches and dem niggas getin money but unit getin more bitch

  • neu.sense

    SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY THESE PEE-WEE ASS NIGGUHS ALWAYS GET INTERVIEWED BUT YET MY MAN WILL JOHNSON TENDS TO ASK THEM MORE ?’S ABOUT OTHER NIGGUHS CARREERS THAN THEIR OWN?STOP………THINK ABOUT IT!

  • jusabrdda

    40 IS REAL

  • Sincere

    40 Cal did a good interview…Based on the interview he sounds like a student of hip hop… Real recognize real.. I’m going to check for him more.. I rather listen to dude thats real. Then a fake wanna be! This rap shit is all fake..

  • UK ALL DAY

    well real talk…top 10 is 40,hell rell, JR,cam,juelz…after tht every1 else in dipset is wack

  • ridda

    lol im a person who hears mostly underground (jedi mind tricks, MF doom etc) but i know whats happenin with the mainstream. i believe i can understand talents and 40 Cal aint one. Dipset = medicoore music but nice image while G-Unit = too much swagger for nothing

  • The FED

    What albums did you look at?
    Cam’s S.D.E., Biggie’s Life After Death, Nas’ It Was Written, Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt…

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    40 gotta be on some shit to put Cam’s wack ass album with the likes of BIG, NAS and Jay. Get the fukoutta here!!

  • JAY

    What albums did you look at?
    Cam’s S.D.E., Biggie’s Life After Death, Nas’ It Was Written, Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt…

    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    This nigga 40 gotta be on something for putting Cam’s wack ass with the likes of BIG, NAS and Jay. Fukk outta here!

  • Mrs.Jonez’s

    I AM SO MAD RIGHT NOW THAT ITS REALLY TRU JIM AND CAM BEEFIN THEY BEEN BEST FRIENDS FOREVA!!! HOW THEY GONNA BE BEEFIN..40 CAL AINT SHIT TALKIN BOUT “I CHILL WIT CAM MORE” NIGGA FUCK DAT U AINT GOIN NOW WHERE SO HOW U GONNA TRY AND PICK SIDES??? FUCK DAT!!….ITS DIPSET ALLDAY INCLUDING JIM AND CAM I MEAN COME ON THEY BEEN DOING SONGZ FOREVER AINT IF U AINT KNOW THEY LISTEN TO DIPLOMATS IMMUNITY PART 1 THATS DA SHIT RIGHT THURR YA DIGG?

  • yo

    if yall know 40 history yall would know next to juelz he is the best lyrically outa the whole set, if you wanna hear a real song from the dude download his albums broken safety, trigger happy, 40 calories etc. He really is nice and i dont fuck wit dipset like dat. 1 of his best songs is TIMEOUT I WANT ALL YALL TO GO DOWNLOAD DAT SHIT AND DEN TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK BOUT THE DUDE, TIMEOUT BY 40 CAL YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED.

  • SHA DA HITMAN

    MAN DIPSET AINT ALL THAT HOT EXCEPT FOR THREE NIGGAZ JUELZ NOW THAT NIGGAZ CAN SPIT FIRE. HELL RELL THE NIGGA CAN GET DOWN. AND THE NIGGA FROM INTERVEIW, SEE I AINT JUST GONE HATE CAUSE THAT AINT IN MY BLOOD I GIVE PROPS WHEN PROPS IS DUE. BUT I’M GONE ROLL WIT THE UNIT ON THIS ERRBODY HOT AND OUT OF DIPSET IT’S JUST THREE NIGGAZ AND ERRBODY ELSE JUST EATING OFF OF CAM’S NONE RAPPING ASS, STILL DONT SEE HOW HE CAME THAT FAR.BUT BIG UPS TO 40 CAL FOR SAYING HE RESPECT JAY LYRICALLY. BUT AS FAR AS THE UNIT GOES DAWG YOU NIGGAZ DONT WANT IT SO DON’T OPEN YOUR MOUTH ABOUT THEM NIGGAZ CAUSE THEY’LL SMASH YA’LL NIGGAZ AND I THINK YAYO WOULD GIVE YOU A GOOD BATTLE, PRODIGY, 50, BUCK, BANK$, MAN FUCK THE WHOLE CAMP WILL SMASH YOU NIGGAZ! IT’S THE UNIT GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG-UNIT ALL DAY YOU COCKSUCKERS AND FIF GONE BRING NY BACK TO THE TOP!

  • SHA DA HITMAN

    NEXT TO COMMENT IS GAY

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    I WONDER WHAT THESE DIP SET NIGGAZ REALLY THINK ABOUT CAM AFTER THAT VID HE MADE LAST WEEK. THAT NIGGA CAM STRAIGHT MURKED HIMSELF LAST WEEK. WITH THAT “GET MY FUCKIN POOL N THE BACK” LOL.

  • Tha Ace

    Holla Says:

    May 24th, 2007 at 12:13 pm
    LOL @ 40 dissing his own crew, not putting everyone in the top 10. JR Writer and Hell Rell r gonna be mad lol

    this kid must be kiddin
    jr writer??? that cat is THE nicest in dipset by far

  • BklynBandette

    @Yo:

    I’m not really familiar with this dude but I will go check him out. I do feel what he’s saying in the interview though. But … is this the same dude who was ALLEGEDLY cracked over the head with a shovel by Loon in a Harlem Barber Shop? Like I said I’m not too familiar with him, but his name is ringing a bell. I Hope It Ain’t So. SAY It Ain’t So!

  • Chris

    This guys a fag. How many records has he sold? Matter of fact, Spider has a hot ass song and video out on the net with Blutiful World, and Hot Rod had a hot joint with MJB. What hot song or video has 40 had? Anyone tell me that? He is trash, Dipset all day? Where is this? Only Jimmy gets love, and he is wack too. Dude got beat up by Loon in Harlem, Cam gets smacked and runs away from the Rucker, they wear pink. I dont hear anyone talking about Dipset. When he sells some records, then he can talk.

  • STEPHON

    FIRST BYATCHES

  • Kal

    DIPSET IS OVERRRRR, KILLA CAM PUT HIS NAME TO USE BY KILLIN HIS WHOLE DAM SET.. G UNIT WILL THRIVE TO THE TOP.. TOO BAD 50s ALBUM GOT PUSHED BACK

  • BklynBandette

    @Chris:

    Okay, So I Was Right. This IS The Same Dude Who Caught A Whack From Loon. DAYUM!!!

  • da king

    dipsetmixtapes.com

  • http://Juiced.smartvideochannel.com J.P.

    40 cal is that dude

  • swizzy

    haha these kids is funny to me.if u hatin on dipset so much then CHANGE THE FUCKIN CHANNEL SLUTS. dipset all day, and as for all you cocksuckers who say their fans need to quit suckin dick, keep suckin 50s dick while hes conducting an opera on vitamin waters commercials…hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa fuckin little corporate puppet. none of yall bitches understand. get off mainstream raps nuts and go fuck with some real street shit. buncha little fuckin girls goin on the internet talkin bout “ohhhh fuck camron dipsets done.” yeah kid, yeah. i guess i should listen to you, considering youre probly some broke ass bitch at the public library gettin all that hate out on XXL cuz that welfare aint cuttin it. so lets all go and hail 50 cent, cuz “my nigga 50s a money makin machine!!!!!” don imus could fuckin sell 9.8 mil on dre’s beats gimme a fuckin break. shit nigga the only thing ya’ll know about is that GGGGG G-UNIT bullshit. yeah that was cool bout, lets say 4 fuckin years ago when dre fuckin made 50s bitch ass anyway. fuckin sellout. oh yeah for all you g-unit dick-riders go check 50s police report before you go spoutin off bout “oh my god 50 cent is sooo hard he got hit wit 9 bullets.” haha yeah try 3, says the police, and the hospital for that matter. all my dipset niggaz say word, and all you hatin ass clowns, suck a dick no homo. hahaha

  • Stax On Deck

    Shout Outs to them Dips!

  • http://xxlmag.com 31

    Ay, it’s Dipset all day every single day and that dude 40 is ridiculous nice… I was thinkin though.. About how sick it would be if Hell Rell and Styles P did some shit together. If they can get over who the hardest out is and do some shit together! Wow… Imagine that shit. Dipset!!

  • $hame

    I ain’t dissin dipset.. But ya’ll know it G-Unit is the best fucking crew

  • Danny

    swizzy Says:

    May 29th, 2007 at 2:25 pm
    haha these kids is funny to me.if u hatin on dipset so much then CHANGE THE FUCKIN CHANNEL SLUTS. dipset all day, and as for all you cocksuckers who say their fans need to quit suckin dick, keep suckin 50s dick while hes conducting an opera on vitamin waters commercials…hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa fuckin little corporate puppet. none of yall bitches understand. get off mainstream raps nuts and go fuck with some real street shit. buncha little fuckin girls goin on the internet talkin bout “ohhhh fuck camron dipsets done.” yeah kid, yeah. i guess i should listen to you, considering youre probly some broke ass bitch at the public library gettin all that hate out on XXL cuz that welfare aint cuttin it. so lets all go and hail 50 cent, cuz “my nigga 50s a money makin machine!!!!!” don imus could fuckin sell 9.8 mil on dre’s beats gimme a fuckin break. shit nigga the only thing ya’ll know about is that GGGGG G-UNIT bullshit. yeah that was cool bout, lets say 4 fuckin years ago when dre fuckin made 50s bitch ass anyway. fuckin sellout. oh yeah for all you g-unit dick-riders go check 50s police report before you go spoutin off bout “oh my god 50 cent is sooo hard he got hit wit 9 bullets.” haha yeah try 3, says the police, and the hospital for that matter. all my dipset niggaz say word, and all you hatin ass clowns, suck a dick no homo. hahaha

    ^^^^
    Word….

  • goonie

    BROKEN SAFETY 2 DIDNT COME OUT YET, WTF IS WRONG WIT U WILL?

  • 11kap

    Tell ‘em, Danny. word up.

  • 11kap

    Tell ‘em, Swizzy. That was an attention-capturing comment, man. That joint stuck to my head. You aint nothing but the truth, rudebwoy!! fo’ real.

  • Dipset-All-Day

    Fuck all these bitches who bow down for Gay Unit! Dipset All Day!!!! If you dont like Dipset then what the fucka re you doing on this page. stop callin’ it as SnitchSet, BitchSet or DeepShit. I’d like to see y’all faggots rap better? haha Dipset all day..Harlem World’s gonna kill yo ass

  • triple5

    Damn a Dipset dude who loves Jay’s music…that’s funny but all you Dipset fans are crazy ignorant. I rather listen to that rich shit that Jay-z spit all day than listen to “Harlem World’s gonna kill yo ass”… New York Hip Hop is Dead and only a few can resurrect it.If somebody tell you different it’s blasphemy.

  • doctor69

    40 a fraud and the bitch set are homothugs

  • grapes

    Triple5 is right, until Biggie comes back, New York remains dead. OR if Nas and Jay continue the fight (which isn’t very likely) OR if people actually LISTENED to these people like KRS, Marley Marl. FUCK THESE WHITEHOEZ blastin’ “This is Why I’m Hot”. That’s Why New York has such a bad name now.

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