(AllHipHop News) A$AP Rocky once said “a weirdo, but I’m rare though” on his song “Trilla” and Jim Jones seems to agree. In a recent interview, the Vamp Life captain explains how The Diplomats movement is the most influential since N.W.A., how A$AP Mob were not from the streets and more.
Ten years ago, The Diplomats released their second and (so far) final album Diplomatic Immunity 2. Since then, A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob has taken the reigns as Harlem’s trendsetters in Hip Hop, something Jim Jones does not necessarily disagree with but does point out key differences between the two Harlem factions in his XXL interview:
I’m not trying to disrespect them—A$AP Mob is doing it, they got their numbers and they’re doing what they like to do—but they’re nothing like the Diplomats. They didn’t come up hanging and banging and hustling and really touching the pavement, ya dig? It’s a big difference. We don’t wear kilts and we don’t wear tight sweatpants and funny sneakers. That’s not our style.
At one point The Diplomats had a stake in their own liquor, clothing line and Cam’ron was even on the verge of getting his own color from Crayola. Before Jones touts the Diplomats being the most influential rap group in terms of fashion, he does say there is one other group that could match them in overall audience influence:
Maybe the most influential—besides N.W.A—when it comes to everything. When it comes to style, we’re probably the most influential. I don’t recall no other group giving it to the world the way we was giving it to them
Check out Jim Jones’ full interview here