Dipset Reunite at B.B. King’s in NYC for the Start of Their Pledge of Allegiance Tour
Last night (Feb. 24), things reverted back into the early 2000's at New York City's B.B. King Blues Club & Grill's venue. Without the assistance of a hot tub time machine, The Diplomats seamlessly channeled back in time to provide fans a scintillating performance at their reunion concert.
Anchored by Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex, fans reveled at the bevy of talent that took the stage. To start the night, newcomers Chris Webby and Fetty Wap jumped on stage and performed their respective cuts. Fetty's infectious single "Trap Queen" was a crowd pleaser. Impressed by his energy and meteoric rise to fame, Flex lauded Fetty and even went far enough to label him as "the truth."
Afterwards, Flex was on the turntables and worked his magic. For over 40 minutes, Flex dug through his crates of bangers and fed the crowd joint after joint. Classics like Notorious B.I.G.'s "One More Chance," Jay Z's " Public Service Announcement" and 50 Cent's "What Up Gangsta" did more than enough to hold the crowd over until the next performer arrived.
With the crowd pumped after his set, Flex brought out New York's rising star Troy Ave. Pretty Boy Troy performed a medley of hits consisting of "Doo Doo," "Your Style" and "All About The Money." His efforts were applauded by the ravenous crowd who were eagerly awaiting Harlem's beloved quartet of Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Freeky Zeeky to take over.
Then, after 11PM., B.B. King's transformed into Harlem World. The Diplomats came out and started things off with a bang. First, they performed their new cuts "Have My Money" and "Do Something."
Elation grew minutes later when they decided to jump back into their album Diplomatic Immunity and performed "I'm Ready." Led by a hungry Juelz Santana, his energy bounced over to Cam and Jimmy, and created an electrifying atmosphere. Jimmy, Cam, and Juelz each had their opportunity to shine individually as well. Jimmy led the crusade by performing cuts like "Emotionless," "Ballin,'" "848," "Pop Champagne," and "Certified Gangstaz." Juelz followed Jimmy and performed hits from his catalog as well including "Oh Yes," " Mic Check," "The Whistle Song," " Murda Murda" and "S.A.N.T.A.N.A." Finally, Cam'ron performed his set after Jimmy and Juelz tore the stage up. Songs like "Wet Wipes," "Get Em' Girls," " Touch It Or Not," "Down & Out" and even "Get Em' Daddy (Remix)" featuring a special appearance from Hell Rell, gained himself brownie points from the diehard crowd.
Still, what many appreciated the most was the group's ability to work in unison. They performed signature hits like Cam'ron's "Hey Ma," and "Oh Boy," "Crunk Muzik," "Salute," "Dipset Anthem," "I Really Mean It" and more. After last night's performance, Funk Flex's decision to rally the Harlem soldiers for this reunion tour has both sides looking towards a very promising year.—Carl Lamarre