Toppa Top 10: Dip Set x Dancehall

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January 23, 2013

Words by Jesse Serwerโ€”

DipSet in Harlem

Jim Jones’ latest video features the Diposet-capo-turned-reality-TV-curiosity freestyling over reggae star Christopher Martin’s “Cheater’s Prayer.” Unexpected? Sure. Surprising? Hardly. During their heyday in the mid 2000s, the Diplomatsโ€”Jones, Cam’Ron, Juelz Santana, Freeky Zeeky, JR Writer and various assorted other Harlem charactersโ€”regularly interacted with dancehall, collaborating with Sizzla and Vybz Kartel and sampling Sanchez, Bob Marley and Sister Nancy. Then there’s Cam’Ron’s occasionally offensive but generally hilarious references to Jamaican culture, specifically its food. Here’s a look at some of the Harlem crew’s 10 best and most notable riffs on reggae, dancehallโ€”and ganzie shirts.