Let me tell you guys how I feel about Harlem, okay? My kids are half-Harlem; their Dad grew up on the Eastside and I’m more proud of this fact than I probably should be… lol. So when I heard that Dipset (Cam’ron, Juelz Santana, and Jim Jones) would be performing in Harlem for the 10th anniversary of their classic Diplomatic Immunity album, I hopped on Ticketmaster faster than Trent when those Prince tickets went on sale. Well, probably not as fast… but, like, close. LMAO! OMG… and it was sooo worth it! I kid you not, I haven’t been to a concert since Jay-Z’s American Gangster tour in 2007, and being a part of this blog (and seeing all the fun Trent has going to live shows all the time) has def inspired me to experience the glory of live music more. Plus, seeing Cam’ron live is just… so… important. Like, you won’t understand life or love or politics fully until you’ve seen Cam’ron perform Touch It Or Not in a club full of Harlem dudes who all refuse to take their coats off, because that’s not what’s really good. Please click inside to relive and re-lurve some of the ah-mazing Dipset tracks I got to hear live Monday night!
1. I’m Ready
It sucks to be a writer sometimes… because I’m supposed to find, like, words for this song. And there are no words. ‘This is powerful music,’ is the understatement of Juelz’s life. Sigh. I can’t. I can’t take the beat, I can’t take all the perfectly appropriately pauses, I can’t take Cam’ron speaking French (French!) in the third verse, and then making a reference to the Eiffel Tower, which you must do if you speak French in a rap song. I didn’t even understand how genius Cam was until I learned about the creators of Rap Genius, and how their whole, magnificent site started because of their obsession with Cam and his ridiculously insane lyrics. So yeah, I can’t deal.
2. Bout It, Bout It Part III
Okay, so you know how every Throwback Thursday there’s that one song where I’m just like Nobody talk to me? Yeah. That’s probably gonna happen a lot this week sooooo…. Nobody talk to me!!! Oh, and you can watch the official video HERE. You’re gonna wanna do that.
3. Dipset Anthem
I’m not gonna talk about how I, like women everywhere, have a ridiculous crush on Juelz Santana and that ridiculous bandana. Y’all are not gonna get me to talk about that, okay. C’mon. Whatever.
4. Jim Jones, We Fly High
It was soooo awesome when they performed this song as the last jam of the night. I had totally forgotten about it, and then there we were. Ballin’.
5. Oh Boy
When Mariah Carey took over Throwback Thursday I couldn’t resist sharing her Oh Boy remix with Cam. But the original? Nothin’ like it.
More Dipset, Dipset, Dipset on the next page!