Various Artists – Koch, Scion / Koch Records Sampler

Yancey Strickler

By Yancey Strickler

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Diplomats are Harlem mixtape legends, radio hit re-appropriators and some of the best rappers around. Led by Cam'ron (he of the purple haze), Juelz Santana and Jim Jones, the Diplomats spit over trebly strings and vocal samples, the beat a Yankee approximation of crunk — tinny like static pops, with occasional gong booms. In addition to three Diplomats-related cuts ('Mats, Jim Jones, Dipset), this sampler includes tracks from hip-hop's strangest father-son team: No Limit maven Master P and his boy-baller Lil Romeo.