The Diplomats Vol. 1
Release Date: 2002
The Diplomats Vol. 1 marked a pivotal point in the legitimization of independently distributed mixtapes as the singles "Oh Boy" and "Ambitions of a Killa" earned spins on the radio without the backing of a mixtape DJ. The project, which jumpstarted the careers of Jim Jones and Juelz Santana, undoubtedly changed the rules of the mixtape game for years to come.