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Diplomats Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Thu., March 17, 6:30 p.m. 2011

Members of Harlem rap crew the Diplomats, better known as the Dipset, have tasted fame: the group's most popular member, Cam'ron, owned the latter half of 2002 with "Oh Boy" and "Hey Ma," and sometimes leader Jim Jones did the same in the winter of '06-'07 with "We Fly High." But as a collective, the group rarely crosses paths with the mainstream. Within the more insular world of hard-core hip-hop heads, they're known for wearing garishly dyed fur coats and for being early adopters of Kanye's chipmunk-soul sound, and in the 2000s they were one of the strongest and most controversial influences on the genre. They've been charged with a lengthy list of aesthetic and ethical crimes—including but not limited to glorifying the crack trade, promoting reprehensible "no homo" and "stop snitching" thought campaigns, and rhyming a word with itself two or more times in a row—and they're guilty of most of them. Yet even some of the group's harshest critics own its hypnotizing, addictive 2003 jam, "Dipset Anthem," and will probably grab their forthcoming reunion album, Diplomatic Immunity 3 (Interscope). In terms of things that will make you hate yourself even as you gorge on them, they're right up there with Blazin' Buffalo & Ranch Doritos. —Miles Raymer

Price: $20

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