This seems like the kind of inflammatory post that will spawn 700 comments. XXL has part 1 of a two part Rakim interview up and a couple of statements from the god jumped out at me:
Are you a Dipset fan?
No doubt. I like the Diplomats’ swagger, man. Juelz, Cam’ron, Jim Jones—they bring a lot of swagger back to the game. New York needs somebody right now to hold New York down.
So when will there be a Rakim/Diplomats collaboration?
Probably soon, man. They one of the cats in the game that I got a lot of respect for, music respect and street respect as well. And when I do do collabos, it’s gotta be respect. I’m not doing it because they sell records or just because they own a certain part of the market. I call ’em “smart collabos” because at the end of the day they makes sense. I don’t want people do be like, Why did Ra do a joint with this dude?…(cont’d)
Damn, Flav, Kane, now Rakim. I had no intention of this being old school day at Nah Right, but what the hell.