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The Future

February 2005

MVRemix: What about guest appearances? Are you just keeping it in the Dipset family?

J.R. Writer: Yeah, right now I'm keeping it in the family. I am going to sit down and listen to the whole album and if I need to I may get a singer or something. But I really want this album to be all me. The next album we can get a bunch of features.

MVRemix: What type of songs, issues and concepts are you going to be addressing on your album?

J.R. Writer: I'm going to be talking about my struggles and what I have been through. I am going to give y'all a 1995/96 album where you can sit down and listen to the whole album and don't have to skip through tracks.

MVRemix: People are really feeling you for your flow and lyrics, but on Diplomatic Immunity 2 there are a couple of lines I need you to clear up, because some people are confused. On "Get Used To This" you say, "I started the starters and fathered the fathers who fathered. I slaughtered the slaughters, and slaughtered the slaughters who slaughtered". What does that mean?

J.R. Writer: Basically, I taught the teachers, I schooled the principles. When I say I started the starters, I started the dudes off who are starting. I sonned out all the fathers. I fathered, the fathers. I got niggas when I was growing up, their pops coming up to me now saying 'J.R., I need this, I need money, I need a job'. And these are dudes with master degrees and bachelor degrees, and I dropped out of high school. So basically, that is what I meant by that.

MVRemix: Do you think because you guys use so much slang, that is hard for the average listener to relate and comprehend?

J.R. Writer: Yeah, sometimes. We do use a lot of slang. But I try to lay off some of the slang because I know sometimes people don't be understanding. I be saying a lot of slang from Harlem and people don't understand it. You can be sitting in Oklahoma and not understand one word I say.

MVRemix: Right now the South is really running things in Hip Hop. So what do you think New York has to do to get things back to where it used to be, when NYC was the center of Hip Hop?

J.R. Writer: Just work and put some hunger into it. People need to stop hating on each other. That is why the south is so strong right now, because nobody is hating on each other down there. It is like a whole team down there. They can all perform on the same stage, you saw The Source awards. You can't get that done in New York. You can't get Jay-z, 50 Cent, everybody on stage. The south sticks with each other and supports each other. New York niggas are just arrogant and too stuck up. They wanna hate on each other, and that is why the south is overpowering Hip Hop right now. Not because they are nicer. They have some good shit, but I wouldn't say they are nicer than cats in New York.

MVRemix: When I was listening to you and Cam on Hot 97 last night with Flex, Cam said that you offered to sign him to your label?

J.R. Writer: Na, he was just joking. I got my own label, Writers Block, but he was just joking. He was just making an example that he could sign to Writers Block since he is a free agent. But I'm glad that you brought that up.

MVRemix: Why are the Diplomats such a lightning rod for controversy and beef? Because it seems like a lot of people go out of their way to diss you for no reason.

J.R. Writer: Because look at us man! We are nice, and no homo, we are some good looking dudes. We are fly, we are from Harlem, we get all the hoes. We do what we do, we are trendsetters. We are not even a label or a click, we are a movement! When we move, everybody else wants to move. So all the dudes on the side just wanna hate.

MVRemix: For example, I'm reading online interviews and you have MC Eiht and Kurupt dissing you guys now.

J.R. Writer: In interviews?
Yeah, I don't know if you heard about that?

J.R. Writer: Na, I ain't know about that.

MVRemix: I got an MC Eiht quote, let me read that to you. He said, and I quote, "Niggaz is bloodin' in New York. Look at the Dip Set. They claiming that they bloods. They are wearing red rags and fucking with Game from Compton who is a blood and throwing' up B's and all that shit and that shit is crazy. I mean we couldn't do that shit back then. They laughed at us for that and it's so funny because you go back 7 or 10 years ago and they was laughing at us". Then he goes onto to say, " Brooklyn is not a hood. Harlem is not a hood. Since when has Harlem been the hood. It's rough out there. I been there. Walked up and down 125th and all through Harlem, through Brooklyn. I've caught the train, walked and all that shit".

J.R. Writer: Who is MC Eiht?
The old school West Coast guy from Menace To Society.

J.R. Writer: I don't know that dude. He is nobody, he is not poppin'. He is just talking to talk, he wants to be acknowledge and we are not going to acknowledge him. We don't pay attention to little petty shit like that, we ain't getting nothing from it.

MVRemix: What else do you have going on in the future?

J.R. Writer: Basically, in a week or two we are putting out Writers Block Part 2 and Writers Block The Union. I might put out another mixtape after that, but then my album is gonna drop. I'm just gonna put out a lot of warm up joints for the people out there. Monday I am going to give this warm up track I did with Juelz called "Prove It" to Flex, so he can blast that off. That shit is crazy.

MVRemix: Aren't you doing a movie with Cam as well?

J.R. Writer: We are doing a movie called "What's Really Good". I think Cam just wrapped up his deal with On Demand, and we are going to finish shooting it. We already shot a couple of scenes, but we have to finish it. But the movie is gonna be crazy. Also, we got new albums from Juelz, Hell Rell and Cam coming out this year. Another Jimmy album and Diplomatic Immunity 3.

MVRemix: Any last words or shout outs?

J.R. Writer: Just look out for my album in June or July, its going to be a sizzling summer. J.R. Writer signing off, Dipset!

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