Freekey Zekey Explains What Killed The Diplomats' Interscope Records Deal
Freekey Zekey says that Juelz Santana's reluctance to record material in 2011 made Interscope back out of The Diplomats, but that Santana had good reason.
In late 2010, The Diplomats announced that they had reunion plans, courtesy of a new record contract with Interscope Records. The former Roc-A-Fella Records group led by Cam'ron began recording in 2011, with details emerging of a third album, their first since 2004's Diplomatic Immunity 2. In a new interview with VladTV.com, Dipset member Freekey Zekey revealed that the group lost their deal with Interscope. Asked as to why, the 730 Dips head candidly explained, "I don't know. [Juelz Santana] had...I guess...had personal problems that was negating him from hittin' the studio hard. I don't know what they are or what they was, but his mind was with it. 'Cause every time we talked to him or spoke to him, he [was excited]. But whatever was lurkin' in his personal life or whatever the case may be, would basically stop him from getting into that studio."
Zekey pointed to a difficult beginning to 2011 for his Dipset brother. Following a January studio arrest (and subsequent release) of Skull Gang member Hynief, Juelz' studio was raided on a drug search and the rapper was arrested. Freekey claims authorites "gutted" the New Jersey space, limiting Santana's resources and motivation. "They took everything." He pointed that the two incidents, just weeks apart, affected Juelz. "It was back to back things." Although Interscope may be uninterested, Freekey says that over a year later, Juelz Santana's motivation has returned. "The boy is back, that's how you know that he [is like Muhammad] Ali. He ain't been home since God Will'n came out," said Free, referring to Juelz' January mixtape.
Asked about plans to press on with a Diplomats album reunion, the co-founder said, "It's just up to us to sit down and say we're gonna do it."
In March of this year, the four founding members of The Diplomats (Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Freekey Zekey and Juelz Santana) reunited at New York City's B.B. King's for a 10th anniversary show of Diplomatic Immunity.