During a recent conversation with VladTV, Juelz explained that while he and his Dipset brothers were officially signed to the label, tensions between Hov and Killa Cam prevented them from feeling like “real” Roc-A-Fella artists. According to Juelz, the Harlem collective felt like “outcasts” at the Roc.
“The world pretty much saw the excitement that was going on,” he said. “Jay and Cam never really — I don’t want to say they never got together because that’s a weird word, we’re not kids. But they had a fun relationship. They never really clicked and meshed to where it felt , like we really were Roc-A-Fella artists.
“Dame always showed us that love and we were cool with State Property, but we just never felt like we were really welcome over there. We felt like the outcasts of the family, like we had to damn well knock the cake over to be seen and heard. “
He added: “But I think it worked out, I think it was all in God’s plans. You know, you got what you got out of the situation.”
The Diplomats were heavily involved with Roc-A-Fella in the early 2000s after the label signed Cam’ron and released his third studio album Come home with me. The success of the platinum-certified project, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, served as a springboard for the group to officially join the team.
Cam’ron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones and Freekey Zeeky went on to play an important role in Roc-A-Fella’s reign in the mid-2000s, at a time when the face of the label, JAY-Z, was flirting with retirement.
Dipset’s debut album Diplomatic immunity was released in 2003 and featured the hit single “Dipset Anthem”, which became a certified hip-hop classic. The double-disc record topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart while hitting the top 10 on the Billboard 200.
However, things turned sour when Dame Dash allegedly offered Cam’ron the vice president position at Roc-A-Fella in 2002 while JAY-Z was on vacation. Hov reportedly did not approve the offer, and what followed was a series of back-and-forths and tensions between the two sides, resulting in Dipset’s departure from Roc-A-Fella in 2005.
Cam and Jay’s feud would last until they appeared on stage together under the Roc Nation boss. B-Side’s concert at New York City’s Webster Hall in 2019.