50 Cent has responded to Jim Jones’ claims that it was Dipset who kicked off the mixtape wave that dominated the streets at the turn of the century, not G-Unit.
On Tuesday (February 7), Fif laughed off Jimmy’s words and replied to an Instagram post featuring Jones’ bold claim. “He lying LOL,” the Queens icon wrote with a series of clapping emojis.
Jim Jones set the record straight from his perspective during a lengthy appearance on the Flip Da Script podcast earlier this week.
“Let’s get this right and I’m going to keep it all the way a buck,” Jones said. “We started the mixtape movement, right? And it wasn’t a crew mixtape. We were making real albums and putting them out as mixtapes. G-Unit was doing replays of other people’s beats and making mixtapes.”
He continued: “It was a big difference. We was using our mixtapes as albums to promote our real albums, and off those mixtapes, we were taking singles that the people started loving and started putting them on our real albums.
“But even in that, we put the Dipset mixtape out first before G-Unit put their mixtape out. Now go Google it.”
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The Diplomats and G-Unit released their first mixtapes in 2002 while Diplomats Volume 1 arrived before G-Unit’s 50 Cent is the Future that summer. However, 50 Cent released his own debut mixtape, Guess Who’s Back, in May 2002.
Both tapes laid the groundwork for the groups to reach superstardom and significantly elevated the status of the leaders of the respective groups, Cam’ron and 50 Cent.
Although Dipset may have bragging rights when it comes to dropping first, they can’t say they released more mixtapes than 50 and his crew. In total, The Diplomats dropped eight mixtapes, with their last one, American Dream, coming in 2015.
Meanwhile, G-Unit released a burly 33 mixtapes. The Queens collective’s mixtape run is also memorable for their beloved G-Unit Radio series, which came with 25 different editions.
The first four G-Unit Radio mixtapes helped build hype for 50 Cent’s groundbreaking debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, which was released in February 2003 and celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this week.
To commemorate his blockbuster project’s birthday, 50 Cent announced that for one week only, fans can purchase a “personally autographed” vinyl of Get Rich or Die Tryin’ via his website. The unique offer also ties in with Hip Hop’s ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations.