J.R. Writer - History In The Making   
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written by Christopher Watkins    
Dipset: It's more than a movement, but not much more. Despite the repeated claims of the loyalty of the Dipset fanbase, it has rarely been reflected in the sales charts. Not since 2003 has the outfit came out with a platinum-certified record.

Since the releases of Cam’ron’s "Come Home With Me" and the Diplomats’ "Diplomatic Immunity," has the group seen the success their braggadocio seems to warrant? The head of the movement, Cam’ron has particularly had a rough going, after the disappointing sales of "Purple Haze," his shooting in Washington D.C. after his performance at Howard University, and of course his ill-fated attack on Jay-Z.

Juelz Santana, a moderately talented mc, was unable to build off the buzz for his sophomore album, What The Games Been Missing, fell far short of even pessimistic projections. Seemingly unfazed, the mostly Harlem group continues to pump out new material, a la Wu-Tang circa 1993-98.

Their latest offering comes from Dominican MC J.R. Writer. "History in the Making" is Writer’s debut and unfailingly follows the Dipset formula to a tee. Writer is talented, but he has picked up Cam’ron’s horrific habit of overextending rhymes to the point where they wear out the welcome. His rhymes are not the nonsensical bars Killa loves to create, but they are rather annoying. Because of this, Writer’s flow rarely changes from song to song, and can induce sleep if you do not catch the sometimes clever metaphors. Thus, much of the album, like almost every other Dipset CD, lives and dies of the production.

While the Heatmakerz once again make their presence felt, there are many songs that leaves one scratching their head, most notably the comical “Zoolander” and “That’s A Bet” feat. Paul Wall. Songs like “The Heist” (with a beat ripped directly from Twista’s "Kamikaze") and “My Life” attempt to show Writer’s storytelling ability, which is lacking at best. Regardless, the album does not attempt to surprise the listener and there are enough songs (namely, beats) that warrant at least a quick listen, if only the Dipset can find a willing participant.

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