Weblogging Pays As Much As Crime…

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I had my ticket to go see Cam’Ron perform and I had my video camera on my hip too hopefully to document the triumphant re-union of the DipSet crew. What would be more epic than that? Is this my problem that I am always looking backwards for my cRap music?

Apparently I’m not the only one. The Highline Ballroom went apeshit for the DipSet Heatmaker classic ‘I Really Mean It’. Who wouldn’t? That song is like a time capsule to six years in the past. Don’t front either, but six years ago shit was mad sunny for all of us. I was getting my Billy X. Sunday articles and interviews published and I was hanging out in the DefJam offices with the Dips. Exactly six years ago.

A lifetime has passed in these past six years. My ups and downs as a writer has been somewhat similar to the travails of the Diplomats. Friendships have dissolved over money and jealousy, my dad passed away and here I am trying to keep my shit afloat. I even had to take some time off to go take care of mom dukes in Atlanta. That’s not exactly the Cameron Giles storyline but the point is that if I knew now what I knew six years ago I may have done some shit differently.

I gotta feel like Cam says the same shit to himself too. There is no way you can measure the extent to which the Diplomats crew was in charge of New York City. When they were unified they were such a problem on the streets. New York City hasn’t had another group or individual rapper bodying the streets since the Dips split. This city is too fractioned off. Rappers are too jealous of one another and too cutthroat. I feel like the Dips were the last chance at recreating a Wu-Tang like movement here in NYC.

That was only six quick years ago. The times have certainly changed here in NYC. All the rapper movements and budding collectives are coming from other national regions. NYC’s best current young rapper is Joell Ortiz and his collective efforts are with emcees from Jersey, Michigan and California. That is the nature of the industry right now. Harlem is just as likely to be inspired by KanYe West as it is by Rick Ro$$. In this reduced climate we find Cam’Ron sans the Dips, making a return to the strip all by his lonesome.

Part of me is a little sad for Cam because he is having a difficult time generating the momentum on his own. I want Cam to win, but I realize that I want him to win on my terms. I want to hear Heatmakerz sped up samples and the colorful wordplay that Cam used to describe shit with foodstuff similes. Whether it was a Lucky Charms ‘Lo rugby, the gravy Mercedes, or the cranberry sauce drop top Porsche, there was a slick playfulness that most emcess lacked. Cam’Ron didn’t take himself to seriously unless he was talking seriously.

What a difference six years makes. The new CD from Cam’Ron called ‘Crime Pays’ hasn’t given me the same energy I had come to expect from Cam. Its a bit more measured and that makes it sound somewhat straining. Cam isn’t as loose as I remember. I think he needs the energy of a Juelz Santana and a Jim Jones to push his level up a notch. Or is it just me? Am I the one who needs to let go of the notion of the Diplomats being relevant again?

Whatever my feelings were I couldn’t motivate myself to get off the couch from watching DVR’s episodes of 30Rock in order to drive over the Brooklyn Bridge in the rain to see Cam in concert. This was definitely my subconscious telling me to cherish the memories of the Dips that I held. Talking with Jimmy and hearing him tell me that “as long as I have the love of my brothers I will always be able to make money”. I truly believed that line six years ago. Not so much last night. Not so much ever again.

Diplomats rest in peace. If crime pays then I need to know at what cost?

  • Pierzy

    It is amazing that Cam had such a buzz and a push back then with “Come Home With Me” and now a new album is dropping and it’s met with, at best, shrugs. I always respected Cam’s ability but I never thought he fully reached his potential…then again, maybe I overestimated his potential.

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    YOU TRIPPIN’ PENN…… I ACTUALLY CANT WAIT FA THIS HOE TO DROP…. I BE HOPIN STATE PROPERTY WOULD COME BACK FULL FORCE BUT THAT SHIT AINT HAPPNIN CAPTAIN…… (EVEN IF IT DID DONT THINK I WOULD WANT IT NOW))… HOPE ITS ON SOME “PURPLE HAZE” SHIT…. I STILL BUMP THAT CD TILL THIS DAY….. WE’LL SEE WHATS UP….

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “WHO AM I” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP- DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY 1-DISC 1).. KNOW YA’LL REMEMBER THAT!

  • JCITYHUSTLA617

    IM DEFINATLY GETTIN CRIME PAYS……EVEN THOUGH I ENJOYED THE WHOLE DIPLOMATS MOVEMENT I THINK CAMRON DOESNT NEED A TEAM 2 SUPPORT THE MUSIC I MEAN I ENJOY HIS FIRST 2 ALBUMS SANS DIPSET BETTER THAN WITH THEM……….I KNOW CAMRON WILL HOLD DOWN THIS ALBUM PROPERLY BY HIS LONESOME THEN AGAIN I LIKED MOST OF HIS WORK THUS FAR IMO HE’S HEAVILY SLEEPED ON EVEN THOUGH CAMRON’S BEEN DOING THIS FOR OVER TEN YEARS NOW

  • latino heat

    i’ve been a Cam fan since 357, and i always thought he was that next dude. but i think his time has passed. you gotta figure he’s been in the game over 10 years already. the SouljaBitch generation isn’t too familiar with him, therefore he’s seen as not seen as relevant anymore.
    the one hope that i hold out for him is the fact that his albums were better before the actual Dipset movement. S.D.E. was his best album and now that he’s really a solo artist again hopefully he’ll step his game back up.

    • mo

      fuck the new homo swag generation killa is that nigga

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    FUCK WHATCHA TALKIN’ ….. KILLA SEASON WAS SHITTIER THAN THE SHIT PILE THAT IT WAS SHITTED INTO…..

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “DOWN AND OUT” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP- PURPLE HAZE- EVEN THO WAYNE SMASHED CAM’RON ON THIS HOE TWICE….)))

  • El Tico Loco

    I might have to check his album out, it might the album with the least amount of features out this year. I don’t know the track listing so I might be wrong but I can hope.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    A shame you can’t ride for your boys like you used to, DP. Being from the South, the Dipsets weren’t ever on my radar, nahmean? But as I gradually experienced some of their shit through the internet(s), I felt like, yeah, they had potential, but they all seem to rhyme with the same flow and I, myself, was persuing a degree in English and I just couldn’t fuck with dudes that couldn’t come coherent. Not saying they were any worse than the rest of ‘em, but yeah…for me, as a group they seemed strong, but individually, they were a little weak.

    That said, I can’t justify no new Cam’ron purchases. If they were to mop some shit up and come back strong together, though…

    –OG Matt Herbz–

    • Around and Around

      The South and a degree in English just don’t mix….

      Doesn’t matter how educated you are, that southern ass drawl makes you sound like Jed Clampett

      • OG Matt Herbz

        That’s why I don’t talk with a drawl. I wasn’t raised by no rednecks, but I do use “sir” “ma’am” and I hold the doors open for bitches that I’m about to crush. It’s just that hospitality, mang.

        Honestly, bitches think I’m from up North by the way I talk, but once they get a taste of my biscuits and sausage gravy, they have an Southern epiphany. Boom.

        –OG Matt Herbz–

  • latino heat

    Matt Herbz didn’t you say you were going to Mexico yesterday? why the hell you still commenting on here?

    • OG Matt Herbz

      World Phone with internet, ese…ya tu sabe’

  • geico lizard

    Financially crime just isnt worth it unless you are one of the chosen people who get to work with money in this country and also on wall street. Madoff and people like that can steal for years without getting caught. If you do get caught and cant buy your way out you go to a minimum security jail and eat lobster.

    • macdatruest

      Geico, my nigga true shit right there. Well said!

  • kelito-vision

    Billy,

    the internets is talking about Jimmy dissing Cam at SummerJam….u think Killa going to repsond?

  • BuddaCrew115th..fruflav.

    Its still goin to be a hott summer….Harlem ..We in here…

  • $ykotic

    Penn you are right. That’s why I’ma still cop CP.
    Reward the dude for his years of entertaining me.

    A lot of ya’ll didn’t have the 125th St. access to get them mixtapes they were burning the City with.

  • NOR CAL MUFUCKAS

    Cam sucks major balls no matter who he has backing him. He just a fucking clown shoe to laugh at.

  • jill kieselhorst

    ea fight night round 4 game.

  • http://twitter.com jill kieselhorst

    ea fight night 4

  • BIGNAT

    crime pays is getting bought because it’s cam. i know he going give me something he always does. plus cam is a fucking comedian when he is done with rap he need to hit the road and do shows. his skits are the funny as hell even if he is not in them i know he got a hand in them. that public enemy mixtape i think it was that joint with the roaches in the food had me dying. plus that bottom of the pussy hole song man is pure cam genius. almost no one can pull off the shit cam does.

  • king blair

    TOP 5 since 2000
    1. Tip
    2. Cam
    3. killer mike
    4. kanye
    5. Jeezy

    does not include pre existing legends just those who blew after the millineum and no Wayne cuz cash money was big since like 98 he already had platinum albums

    Crime Pays will be bought by me

  • king blair

    When you meet a Bitch straight up smack her—lol

    What about my kids cam?
    Man fuck your kids.——lol

    You want me to treat me me like a chicken Ima act like a chicken quack quack quack.
    Thats a duck——lol I could go on 4ever

    • DV8

      Those skits on Purple Haze where hilarious, lol.

  • The Big J

    hey cam, u wanna come over real fast and stick it in like 5 times?

  • http://slamonline.com T T

    Great stuff, D.

  • avenger xl

    The whole Dipset thing was lost on me. I never really got into cames flow too silly for my blood. Jim Jones can’t rap at all (period!)

    Juelz Santana is nice behind the boards but I feel the same way about him as memph weak and that is he is another hard rhyming rapper from NY big deal. They did have one hell of a marketing machine the only one greater was lil wayne with the who’ll I am the greatest rapper alive thing to the idiot mass and just like the lemmings they are they bought into it.