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Jim Jones And Cam’ron Discuss How Their Decade-Long Beef Got Started

The former Dipset rappers lay all their drama on the table.

Jim Jones signed a management deal with Roc Nation this week, and the news has brought old Dipset drama back into the headlines for the first time in years. Both Jim and Cam'ron—who have spent the better part of the last ten years beefing—decided to tell their sides of the story in separate interviews.

The origins of their beef go way back to 2007, when Jim Jones first revealed to MissInfo that he hadn’t spoken to Cam in a year. Later that year, Cam got into a beef with 50 Cent after an argument on The Angie Martinez Show. 50 and Cam hit each other with the diss tracks “Funeral Music” and “Curtis” respectively. Jim and Juelz showed up at 50’s concert to perform “We Fly High” that September, which Cam took as an act of betrayal.

Soon after, the group publicly splintered. Jim released M.O.B.: The Album from his new group Byrdgang in July 2008, while Cam took a hiatus from music to care for his ill mother.

In 2010, the two rappers reunited—along with Juelz Santana—to announce the impending release of a new Dipset album under Interscope. Despite their claims, the album never materialized, and the group was dropped from Interscope in 2013. Their beef quieted down until 2016, when Jim claimed that Cam had removed his verse from the song “Oh Yeah.” Since then, they’ve continued to take swipes at each other on social media.

Jim finally addressed the root of his problems with Cam head-on this Friday on The Funkmaster Flex Show. He accused Cam of not properly paying him and disrespecting his contributions to the group. “I put my life on the line for this,“ he said. "I been to trial for this. I been on America’s Most Wanted for this. I been on Gang Files for this. I been on everything you can name, so when people play on me, I get real emotional ’cause I operate off emotions.”

Cam'ron decided to tell his side of the story in a lengthy Instagram live broadcast Saturday night. He started off by saying that he had no beef with Jim. “But a lot of stuff he was saying was based on emotion and wasn’t true because he’s an emotional guy,” he said.

He addressed Jim’s decision to discuss their relationship on Funk Flex’s show, saying it was meant as a distraction from Jim signing to Roc Nation despite his history of beef with Jay Z:

You sign to Roc Nation and a lot of people were like, ‘You a dickrider and dicksucking.’ This was what Dipset fans were saying. The next day he go to Flex. Most of the time you go there to play a record. I think [Jim Jones] went to Flex to justify signing to Roc Nation. ‘I got a lot of backlash for signing to Roc Nation so let me make up this story to justify signing to Roc Nation.’ How I robbed him and how he gave me a place to stay and use to be my manager, my hypeman. Just say you signed to Roc nation. You don’t have to go in on a two-hour speech about me.

Elsewhere in the nearly two-hour broadcast, Cam faulted Jim for not properly managing the careers of Max B and Stack Bundles. “Them two alone, he could’ve ate,“ he said. "But Jim kept using them for his album instead of putting them out. Jim has never put an artist out. Max B may not be in jail if he put an album out. Stacks may have got out of Far Rockaway if he had an album out.” Max B is currently in prison, and Stack Bundles was shot and killed outside his home in Far Rockaway, Queens in June 2007 in a still-unsolved case.

Their beef remains unresolved, but with both artists moving forward with their own music, could we finally see tensions between them simmer down?

You can watch their interviews above and catch up on all the lyrics to Dipset’s biggest hits on Genius now.

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