Sunday, May 18, 2014

Complex & Ricky Saiz Present: Cam'ron & A-Trak - "Dipsh*ts" (Fool's Gold)

My older cousins Ashley and James were always Diplomats (aka Dipset) fans growing up and while I never really listened to them back in the early 2000's, I guess I have a few vague memories... Juelez Santana's oft-delayed Lil' Wayne team-up I Can't Feel My Face, current reality star Jim Jones' lone hit "We Fly High," Cam'ron's eccentric pink fur collection and "Purple Haze," and the eventual rise and fall of Dipset. Long-time admirer/super-fan A-Trak has recently teamed up with Dipset general Cam'ron for an upcoming collaborative EP, Federal Reserve; fresh on the heels of his long-awaited and just released Duck Sauce album with DJ buddy Armand Van Helden, appropriately titled QUACK. Their Complex-premiered "Dipshits" is the second proper track to be unleashed from Federal Reserve EP, which A-Trak co-produced along with Just Blaze and his brother Dave 1's (Chromeo) recent collaborator, Fool's Gold signed Electro-Dance duo Oliver. Director Ricky Saiz, who's previously worked with both Beyoncé and Supreme, does a damn good job capturing that rough edged early 2000's aesthetic and somehow manages to effortlessly work in quick cameos from Chromeo, hook-man Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, "Champagne Dame" Dash, and Cat Power; "from kids in airbrushed A-Trak tees to Cam's floor-length mink, it's the most style you'll see in a video all year." While Federal Reserve EP currently lacks a proper release date, Complex assures that it'll be out soon on Fool's Gold/Poppington/Dipset. It seems as though Cam'ron is also concurrently assembling a monthly 6-track EP and web-series that's tentatively titled "First of The Month," which will begin on July 1st and will likely feature monthly collaborations with Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, Estelle, and rapping fugitive Gunplay.

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