Diplomat Records

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Diplomat Records
Founded 2001
Founder Cam'Ron
Status Active
Distributor(s) Various
Genre Hip hop, east coast hip hop
Country of origin United States
Location New York, New York

Diplomat Records is an American hip hop record label founded by Harlem rapper Cam'ron. Dipset currently releases music under the independent label E1 music. In the early 2000s, Dipset was very popular for having star rappers with radio hits like Juelz Santana and Cam'ron and for their association with Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella records. In 2005, Dipset moved away from Roc-A-Fella and Cam'ron sold Juelz Santana's contract back to Def Jam. Between 2006 and 2009, Dipset was relatively quiet aside from Cam'ron and Jim Jones. However in 2010, they reunited and have begun to associate themselves with rapper Vado.

Distribution[edit]

Diplomat doesn't have traditional distribution in the sense that each of its artists have deals with individual labels. In 2005, Koch and then Diplomat vice president of A&R Duke Da God signed a deal to release Dipset: More Than Music.[1] Also in 2005, when founder Cam'ron parted ways with Roc-A-Fella/The Island Def Jam and signed with Asylum,[2] he secured that his albums be released under Diplomat,[3] while also securing any future Diplomat group albums under Koch.[4] Label president Freekey Zekey[5][6] also released his debut album on Diplomat with distribution coming from Koch.[6] In addition to the deal with Koch to release the "Moret Than Music" album, co-founder Jim Jones released his first three albums under Koch in association with Diplomat.[7][8][9] Juelz Santana also released his first two albums under Diplomat with distribution by Def Jam,[10][11] until his contract as a solo artist with Diplomat was sold to Def Jam by Cam'Ron.[12][13] In a 2008 interview, Diplomat member and signee 40 Cal. confirmed several labels that the individualt members are and were distributed by at the time including J.R. Writer being distributed under Babygrande,[14] though earlier reports listed him as being distributed, like many others on the Diplomat label, through Koch.[15]

Roster[edit]

Current[edit]

Act Year
signed
Releases
under the label
Cam'ron 2001 (Founder) 5
Juelz Santana 2001 2
The Diplomats 2001 2

Former[edit]

Act Years
on the label
Releases
under the label
Hell Rell 2003-2008 1
J.R. Writer 2003-2008 1
40 Cal 2004-2008 3
Freekey Zeekey 2002-2012 1

Discography[edit]

Artist Album Details
Cam'ron Come Home with Me
The Diplomats Diplomatic Immunity
  • Released: March 25, 2003
  • Chart positions: 8 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "Dipset Anthem", "I Really Mean It"
Juelz Santana From Me to U
  • Released: August 19, 2003
  • Chart Position: 8 U.S.
  • RIAA: Gold
  • Record Sales: 640,000 Worldwide
  • Singles: "Dipset (Santana's Town)"
Jim Jones On My Way to Church
The Diplomats Diplomatic Immunity 2
  • Released: November 23, 2004
  • U.S Sales: 500,000 +
  • Singles: "S.A.N.T.A.N.A.", "Crunk Muzik"
Cam'ron Purple Haze
  • Released: December 7, 2004
  • Chart position: 20 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold[16]
  • U.S. sales: 800,000[17]
  • Singles: "Get Em Girl", "
Jim Jones Harlem: Diary of a Summer
  • Released: August 23, 2005
  • Chart Position: 5 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Uncertified
  • U.S. sales: 74,000 +
  • Singles: "Baby Girl", "Summer Wit Miami", "What You Been Drankin' On"
Juelz Santana What the Game's Been Missing!
Cam'ron Killa Season
  • Released: May 16, 2006
  • Chart position: 2 U.S.
  • U.S Sales: 500,00 +
  • RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "Suck it or Not", "Wet Wipes"
J.R. Writer History in the Making
  • Released: July 11, 2006
  • Chart position: 25 U.S.
  • U.S Sales: 150,000 +
  • Singles: "Grill 'Em", "Byrd Call"
40 Cal. Broken Safety
  • Released: August 8, 2006
  • Singles: "Runnin' This Rap Shit"
Jim Jones Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment)
  • Released: November 7, 2006
  • Chart Position: 6 U.S.
  • U.S. Sales: 106,000 +
  • RIAA certification: Uncertified
  • Singles: "We Fly High", "Emotionless"
Freekey Zekey Book of Ezekiel
  • Released: July 24, 2007
  • U.S Sales: 50,000 +
  • Chart position: 154
  • Singles: "Hater What You Lookin At", "Like This"
40 Cal. Broken Safety 2
  • Released: September 11, 2007
  • Singles: "The Big Boys"
  • U.S sales: 4,230
Hell Rell For the Hell of It
  • Released: September 25, 2007
  • U.S Sales : 75,000 +
  • Chart position: 55 U.S.
  • Singles: "Show Off"
40 Cal. The Yellow Tape
  • Released: April 11, 2008
Cam'ron Crime Pays
  • Released: May 12, 2009
  • U.S Sales: 175,000 +
  • Singles: "My Job", "Get It In Ohio"
U.N. Heat in Here Vol. 1
  • Released: May 25, 2010
  • U.S Sales: 4000+
Cam'ron & Vado Gunz n' Butta
  • Released: April 19, 2011
  • U.S Sales: 10,000+
  • Singles: "Speaking In Tungs"

References[edit]

  1. ^ (June 2005) Diplomat Records & Koch Records Announce New Partnership With Diplomats VP of A&R Duke "Da God" Accessed September 19, 2008.
  2. ^ Ozzie (April 30, 2005) Cam'ron inks deal with Asylum/Warner Accessed September 18, 2008.
  3. ^ Dave (April 30, 2005) Cam'ron leaves Rocafella RapBasement Accessed September 18, 2008.
  4. ^ (June 2005) June 2005 Interview with Cam'ron Archived 2008-09-07 at the Wayback Machine. XXL. Accessed September 19, 2008.
  5. ^ Edwards, Brandon. "Freekey Zekey So Harlem Pt. 1" Archived 2007-03-04 at the Wayback Machine., XXLmag.com, February 13, 2007. Accessed September 21, 2008.
  6. ^ a b Black Widow (December 4, 2006) Ballin!: Freekey Zekey Snags A Multi-Million Dollar Deal; Jones Celebrates A 'Dipset X-Mas' SixShot. Accessed September 21, 2008.
  7. ^ (November 2004) KOCH Records Announces New Partnership With Diplomat Records Accessed September 19, 2008.
  8. ^ Jim Jones 'Harlem: The Diary Of A Summer album Accessed September 19, 2008.
  9. ^ Thomas Golianopoulos (December 4, 2006) Jim Jones, 'Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment)' (Diplomat/Koch) Spin Magazine Online. Accessed September 19, 2008.
  10. ^ From Me to U Archived 2009-01-13 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed September 19, 2008.
  11. ^ Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Rahman Dukes MTV's Mixtape Monday Archived 2008-12-07 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed September 19, 2008.
  12. ^ (August 19, 2008) Was Cam'ron holding Juelz Santana Back? Archived 2008-09-13 at the Wayback Machine. DefSounds Accessed September 20, 2008.
  13. ^ (August 1, 2008) Juelz Santana's contract Sold to Def Jam Archived 2008-09-11 at the Wayback Machine. DefSounds. Accessed September 20, 2008.
  14. ^ Quinton Hatfield (August 11, 2008) 40 Cal.: The Rising Up HipHopDX. Accessed September 20, 2008.
  15. ^ Michael Ivey (May 3, 2008) Dipset Moves on JR Writer's Debut Archived 2008-10-14 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed September 21, 2008.
  16. ^ a b Searchable Database Archived June 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. RIAA. Accessed September 16, 2008.
  17. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (December 29, 2005). A Rap Tale of 2 Cities and 2 Stars. The New York Times. Accessed September 16, 2008.

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