Over the weekend, The Diplomats cemented their reunion with a Hot 97-sponsored performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom, complete with a Huddy 6 tribute and a surprise cameo from fellow Harlemite Black Rob. Duke Da God’s latest album, D.I.P. Agenda would have ideally been a perfect platform to boost his own sales and showcase the reunited Dips. But Duke says all of the infighting prior to the reunion forced him to drop an album with no appearances by Jim Jones. While Cam, Hell Rell, J.R. Writer and Shiest Bub are all featured, Duke says fans shouldn’t read anything into the fact that Jim and Juelz Santana are absent.
“The D.I.P. Agenda really kicked off when the last time I came out and I thought that whole break up with Diplomats, you know, I’m kind of pretty much with Cam,” Duke explained. “So, it didn’t make sense to have them on the album at that time. Now, it makes sense so that’s why they aren’t on it.”
As the fact that the Dips brought out a full choir to pay tribute to Huddy 6 during the Hammerstein Ballroom proved, the collective had strong ties to their fallen member. And while Duke shared his favorite memories of Hud with Y2KDaily, he echoed Cam’ron’s sentiments about Mase, who has allegedly not paid his condolences.
“I kind of feel the same way Cam feels,” Duke added. “You know Mase was someone we all knew too though and when tragedy happens or something like that, who do we run to? I don’t wanna hear about he missed a plane because he should’ve been with the family when it happened; you know what I’m saying?”
Duke Da God’s full interview, including a rundown of D.I.P. Agenda, is available at Y2KDaily.net.