The LOX and The Diplomats are two legendary New York rap crews that helped to bring back that New York hardcore rap during their Verzuz showdown despite Hell Rell, J.R. Writer, and 40 Cal were missing in action for the event.
When fans saw Michael Buffer introducing the two camps, the viewers knew they were about to see something special.. The LOX walked into the ring first with big “champ is here” and the night only improved as the two sets went back and forth.
What was apparent through the show was the brotherhood of The Lox as a team compared to the single centered Dipset. They’ve drifted apart, reunited, feuded and reunited again various times. These days they seem to be on solid ground, and appear together often especially if the check is right. The LOX, by contrast, have pretty much always been unified and have been actively recording and touring together again for the last five years. They’re a well-oiled machine; Cam, Juelz and Jim, for all their history together, have reasonably atrophied a little. Their demeanor last night was par for the course for anyone who’s been to one of their group or solo shows these last few years—too many people on stage, lapses in engagement and passion—but with a little rehearsing, they could’ve come out like it was 2003 again.
Check out the interview below with Lord Jamar with Rah Digga speaking to their fellow rappers, Hell Rell, J.R. Writer, and 40 Cal about the Verzuz showdown and more.