Dipset’s here to stay: Cam’ron performs live at Encore [Review]
Edmonton, AB – On August 22 Eiffel Tower Entertainment and Pearl Entertainment teamed up once again to keep hip-hop alive in YEG. This time the duo brought Diplomat‘s legend, Cam’ron to perform a live show at Encore in light of The First of the Month Tour.
For all of you youngsters, if the Diplomats were a little bit before your time, allow me to briefly fill you in: long before A$AP Mob, YMCMB, MMG, etc – there were the Diplomats (better known as Dipset). Made of Harlem-based MC’s; Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey, Jim Jones, and (of course) Cam’ron – Dipset was more than a rap-group, it was a movement in hip-hop culture. A movement which (in my opinion) paved the way for many rap artists / groups we see today. But let’s not get into a history lesson (Although, I suggest you do the homework).
I arrived at the venue around 10:30 p.m., Edmonton-local DJ Fadal was just getting warmed up on the decks as the crowd slowly started to trickle in. Throughout the night, Fadal treated us with club hits from the early 2000’s to present (definitely fitting for the demographic that a Dipset show would bring). Shortly after 11:00 p.m., the local openers hit the stage; Joe Durt, ACE, Evrlove, Dizzy, Loonie Tunez, BGK and Deuce Fantastick each had a 10 minute slot to put on for the city. Although, the scene in Edmonton isn’t as big as we’d like it to be (we’re still building), it’s still great to see how diverse these MC’s are. For how small our community is; they all have their own unique style and sound.
By about 12:30 a.m., Encore was full and Killa Cam casually hit the stage without introduction. For the next 45 minutes, Edmonton was instantly taken back to the days when Dipset ran the game. From “Hey Mumma”, “Oh Boy”,”Hey Ma,” and not to mention a medley of joints from Cam’s infamous Killa Season. He stayed true to his roots and rocked a custom black Dipset sweatshirt – his entourage was also on point, with each member repping Dipset gear as they backed him up on stage. Although Cam’s performance was short and he didn’t have the O.G.’s of Dipset share the stage with him; he still proved to his Canadian fans that the Dipset movement is still very much alive. Especially, when his latest comeback anthem “Dipshits” filled the speakers.
The Canadian leg of The First of the Month Tour wrapped up in Vancouver on August 23, but you can catch even more of Killa Cam as he embarks on The First of the Month series; where he will drop an EP on the first of every month for the next 6 months. Who knows? Maybe after all of this, the next tour could be a Dipset reunion? In the meantime, peep the photos (courtesy of my iPhone) below.
Photography by Rosa Jason
Review and photography by Rosa Jason for HipHopCanada