#TBT: Max B
Max B was out of jail for little over a year when he caught a robbery and murder conspiracy charge in 2006. For the three years that followed, up until the time he was convicted, he put out a volume of music rivaled only my Gucci Mane. Born Charly Wingate, the self-anointed Biggavelli -- a portmanteau of Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, and Tupac's nicknames -- teamed up with legendary New York producer Dame Grease, who produced about half of DMX's landmark It's Dark and Hell is Hot, and conjured a wave of creative energy that is still felt today.
Before A$AP Mob came to power, Harlem was once ruled by a crew known as The Diplomats. Comprised of Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Freeky Zeekey, and a few other bit players, Dipset parlayed its street tales (of varying levels of glamor) and affinity for sped-up soul samples into a legacy as one of the most iconic rap groups of the '00s. Read on to listen to 10 of the best tracks from Dipset.
Jim Jones Thinks Max B Could've Been As Successful As Drake
In 2005, Jim Jones signed fellow Harlemite Max B to his ByrdGang record label. The deal would only last for about two years, and the two rappers had been clashing heads at the time of Max's ByrdGang departure in 2008. It became an official beef soon afterwards, especially as Max joined forces with Coke Boy French Montana, whom also had a disdain for Jones. The beef would proliferate until 2009, when Max was sent to prison, where he still remains today.
Jim Jones Calls Out Cam'Ron For Leaving Him Off "Oh Yeah," Cam Responds
Last month, Dipset made a surprise return with "Oh Yeah." Well, not all of Dipset, but the song found the duo of Cam'Ron and Juelz Santana trading bars like it was '05. Nonetheless, the song got fans inquiring about a Dipset reunion, but in light of recent developments, it doesn't look like that's gonna be happening any time soon.
Stream Jim Jones' Album "The Kitchen"
Jim Jones appears to spend most of his time these days lifting weights and playing basketball. But he still makes time in his busy to schedule to record new music. After delivering his Miami Vampin mixtape around this time last year, the Dipset alum delivered his new album this morning: The Kitchen. Jones turns 40 next month. But he's still got it!!
Staff Picks Playlist (April 22)
This week was pretty monumental. Of course, the sudden passing of Prince rocked the hip-hop world (and accompanying blogosphere) quite a bit, and many, fans and celebrities alike, are still in shock. Apart from that unfortunate news (and his wasn't the only death we reported on this week), we also had some pretty '
Top Tracks: April 11 - April 17
Is it just me, or have the past few weeks felt like the calm before the storm? After all of the TLOP hubbub died down (this is the first week in a long time that we haven't had a Kanye solo joint in our top ten list), we've had quite a lack of releases from rap's upper echelon. Teasers, singles, and release date announcements seem to keep flooding in, but this Friday, when A$AP Ferg releases Always Strive And Prosper, things will really get cooking.
Top 10 Waviest Max B Tracks
Ever since his debut in the middle of the noughties, Charly “Max B” Wingate has been an iconic figure for rap fans, and his prestige has only grown with time. The Harlem-born rapper first made his impression felt on the Diplomats capo Jim Jones' Harlem: Diary of a Summer with his drunken-uncle style hooks, and became an essential member of Jones' Byrd Gang team. Eventually, the two of them would fall out drastically and Max would find himself blackballed throughout the music industry not unlike one of his obvious progenitors 50 Cent.
Over The Hill: Rappers Turning 40 In 2016
Rap is traditionally a young man's sport. Generally speaking, the 'greatest albums of all time' were put out by youngsters. As rappers age, their albums usually become duller than the early work they're best known for. Almost every rapper has fallen victim to this trend.
10 Rappers Who Have Used Ghostwriters
Early yesterday morning, Meek Mill revealed to the world that Drake's verse on "R.I.C.O." was co-written by a guy named Quentin Miller.
There's A Lot Of Rap On The "Entourage" Soundtrack
Entourage always featured plenty of hip-hop in its plotlines. It provided the debut of Kanye West's "Good Life," this classic 50 Cent gif, and of course, the entire Saigon story arc.
The Game & Jim Jones To Release Joint Album?
The East Coast and West Coast will apparently be coming together in the near future for a joint album. The Game may not be on good terms with his former G-Unit brethren, but he's obviously got no issues with the Dipset crew. The Game and Jim Jones announced over the weekend that they are prepping a joint album.
Top 10 Best Holiday Raps
We're a day away from Christmas, which means you have been subjected to the same five Christmas songs for the last 90 days. Mariah is a national treasure, but if we have to hear "All I Want For Christmas Is You" again, we'll go to her Bel Air home and drop off all the dogs that have spent the last two decades panicking to Daydream. We know that some of you are with us.
Jim Jones Says Dr. Dre Produced Four Unreleased Dipset Songs
Jim Jones is on a press run for his brand new EP We Own The Night Pt. 2: Memoirs Of A Hustler. Sitting down with Power 105.1's "The Breakfast Club," the Harlem emcee took some time to talk about the project among other topics. Most notable of that alternative category, is this little tidbit:
Jim Jones "We Own The Night Pt. 2" [Update: Stream The EP]
The latest release from Jim Jones has appeared on Amazon, complete with 30 second snippets of the EP's nine tracks. Titled We Own The Night Pt. 2: Memoirs Of A Hustler, the project serves as a sequel to the original Vampire Life project released in December 2013. Unlike the original We Own The Night, which featured a lone solo track, Memoirs Of A Hustler features a guest performer on every track. Supporting acts include Trey Songz, Yo Gotti, K Camp, Cam'Ron, Jadakiss, and Hell Rell among others.
Jim Jones Calls Dame Dash "The Real Culture Vulture"
Inexplicably, Vampire Life head honcho and Dipset rapper Jim Jones has called out Dame Dash on Instagram and Twitter today. Considering the two have collaborated together in recent times, plus the fact that Dame is close to Cam'ron, these shots leave us scratching our head for a further explanation. The Capo started off with what appears to be some subliminal shots, tweeting, "When u start to cut th people off tht r against u then u can focus more on th people who's wit u I promise it won't b as many as u thought."
Jim Jones Talks G-Unit And A$AP Mob, Says Dipset Had The "Most Influential" Style In Hip-Hop
XXL just published a lengthy interview with Dipset Capo Jim Jones, and in it, he gives his strong opinions on a number of issues. Most notably, Jones addresses his crew's former beef with G-Unit, the Dipset comparisons A$AP Mob frequently gets, and The Diplomats' ongoing legacy. Check out the full thing here, and read excerpts below.
Jim Jones & Dame Dash Give Update On Possible Dipset Reunion
Cam'ron has been releasing new music lately, with his A-Trak collaboration "Humphrey" and his "We Made It (Remix)." The new music has got people wondering on the status of a Dipset reunion, after all, both Juelz Santana and Jim Jones are slated to appear on Cam and A-Trak's
Jim Jones Facing Lawsuit For Embezzling $200,000 From "Vampire Life" Movie
Jim Jones' fiancee Chrissy Lampkin found herself in some trouble at the end of December when she was arrested for disorderly conduct and aggravated assault. Well, it looks like Jim Jones is also having some issues, although not exactly the same as his girl. He's being sued for embezzling $200,000 of Vampire money.