At one point, Harlem’s Dipset crew was one of the biggest movements in the hip-hop world. But as the individual members became stars in their own right, they began to drift apart. Two members who haven’t been very close for some time are Cam’ron and Jim Jones. That’s over though, because they’re back on speaking terms.
Hot 97’s Miss Info reported earlier this week (MissInfo.tv) that both rappers called her recently … but the shocking thing about their call was that they were together when they made it.
Before she was able to grill them with questions, Jones said he had to say a few things first. He then made a public apology to Cam for the disrespectful things he may have said to the media during their tiff.
“You’ve known us from back when we didn’t have what we have now, so you remember, that above all, me and Cam, we still brothers,” the rapper said. “And we’re building on getting back on track, but first, I apologize for being a rude brother, for saying things publicly without first trying to handle them privately.
“I needed to clear my conscious before we work on building a bigger and better movement. Plus, consider it fair warning to everyone else,” Jones added.
Jones admitted that the public comments he made about Cam hurt the entire Dipset business, which in turn, stunted the growth of the crew’s newcomers coming in behind them. For this, he says he apologizes and is willing to help fix.
“I didn’t realize at the time, I was venting but it wasn’t all about me. There were other people whose dreams were also part of this movement,” Jones explained. “So by not leading by example, they were left stranded too. The way I handled our business issues was with emotion, and it got totally f***ked up. That’s what selfishness does …
“God works in mysterious ways … a couple people took vacations, and there’s a lane that’s wide open. What we built solo since Dipset grew apart, we can combine and make even stronger together,” he continued.
Killa Cam chimed in too, explaining that he, Jones and Juelz all have obligations with solo projects, but are ironing out details to begin working together again.
“Yes, me and Jim have been speaking, we’re working out the mechanics of this, and looking at our options right now. If it makes sense, it can happen,” Cam said.
It’s no reunion just yet, but it’s a step in the right direction.
The rift within the Dipset family began to surface in 2007 during Cam’s beef with 50 Cent. When Killa dropped his modern day diss classic “Curtis,” both Juelz and Jimmy were noticeably absent from the music video and both refused to get involved.
Jones later revealed that he and Cam’ron had been beefing since before 2006, but kept it quiet out of loyalty. But that disappeared months later, in September 2007, when Juelz and Jones surprised fans when they appeared onstage with 50 Cent during an NYC show. This was while Cam had fell of the hip-hop radar, which he later revealed was to take care of his ill mother.
Ever since, each core member of Dipset have been focusing on their solo careers, leaving up-and-comers like JR Writer and Hell Rell to fend for themselves. Will their new reconciliation change things?