Even someone who has not heard of the rap group The Diplomats has certainly heard of the many stars that comprise the group. The group was originally formed with members Cam’ron, Freekey Zekey, and Jim Jones, who all grew up together in Harlem. Diplomats mixtapes were one of the keys to success that the group took advantage of when they were first breaking into the industry.
Before the group found success together, individual members had secured record deals and were using their influence to help out the group. When Cam’ron released the record S.D.E. in 2000, The Diplomats made an appearance. The exposure they gained on Cam’ron’s album helped them to secure a deal as a group with Roc-A-Fella records.
In the years that followed, there were several Diplomats mixtapes released to the public. In fact, the group released a new mixtape every year for the first few years and, in some cases, released more than one within a year. This gave them the exposure they needed to keep fans interested while they went to work on their first album.
In 2003, the group finally released their debut album, which was titled Diplomatic Immunity. Because they had been releasing hip hop music previously, fans were already excited for the debut and it sold in huge numbers. The album was certified gold in less than two months after hitting the shelves of record stores around the world.
In the years that followed, many things would begin to change for The Diplomats.