Before Dipset went their separate ways in 2007, founding member Cam’ron began a war of words with 50 Cent, creating tensions between the two New York crews.
This week, in an interview with XXL, Dipset’s Jim Jones said there’s no bad blood with G-Unit any longer.
“Ain’t no tensions,” he said. “Nah, it’s a good time to jump back in the game. They got a lot of momentum. There are a lot of things that occurred in these past few weeks that kinda gave them a comeback. Shout out to the G-Unit.”
Also in the interview, Jones addressed another Harlem bred rap collective, currently making their mark on the industry — A$AP Mob. Though the crew has been compared to Dipset, Jones says the two are nothing alike.
“They weren’t from the street,” he says. “They’re a good group of kids and they’re artistic, but they’re not from the street and their style is way different than what we do. It’s a little bit far out there for me. We got bonafide swag and the definition of get fly, ya dig? I’m not trying to disrespect them — A$AP Mob is doing it, they got their numbers and they’re doing what they like to do — but they’re nothing like the Diplomats.
“They didn’t come up hanging and banging and hustling and really touching the pavement, ya dig?” Jones continued. “It’s a big difference. We don’t wear kilts and we don’t wear tight sweatpants and funny sneakers. That’s not our style. Price point and high fashion don’t really make it cool. I’ll still go in Wal-Mart and come out and n*ggas will still think it’s Versace.”
As far as Dipset’s influence, Jones says the group is probably one of the most influential in hip-hop history, outside of N.W.A.
“Maybe the most influential — besides N.W.A. — when it comes to everything,” he said. “When it comes to style, we’re probably the most influential. I don’t recall no other group giving it to the world the way we was giving it to them. If you can recall or if you know some people, let me know. It’s good. I take it as a compliment. A lot of people was watching.”