Boasting manufacturing predominantly dealt with by longtime Diplomats collaborator The Heatmakerz, Juelz Santana‘s debut album arrived throughout an period positive to spark nostalgia in older hip-hop followers. The 12 months was 2003 50 Cent had dropped off his debut album Get Wealthy Or Die Tryin. Jay-Z had staged his retirement with The Black Album. OutKast took house the Grammy for Album Of The 12 months. And all of the whereas, Juelz Santana had been making a reputation for himself with a standout mixtape presence, constructing anticipation for his first full-length studio launch. And on at the present time, seventeen years in the past, that point got here with From Me To U. 

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As we speak, Juelz took to Instagram to rejoice the album’s seventeen-year anniversary with a couple of phrases. “17 Years In the past 2Day I Drop this Undertaking,” he writes, letting the work’s status converse for itself. On that observe, the undertaking stays a vital chapter of the Diplomats canon, with options from Cam’ron, Jim Jones, and Freekey Zekey discovered all through. Whereas there are many gems which have withstood the check of time, none have reached such iconic heights as “Dipset (Santana’s City),” an anthem that discovered Juelz and Cam’ron placing on for the steadily-rising crew.

Whereas the undertaking as a complete was not initially met with essential acclaim, time has since been sort to it, with nostalgia for the early millennium rap period having had time to settle in. In spite of everything, seventeen years is a very long time, and revisiting From Me To U in spite of everything that seems like a breath of contemporary air. It is no marvel that many followers rallied on Juelz’s web page to pay homage to the album, with some even going as far as to label it a basic. And seeing as it is the seventeenth anniversary and all, maybe it is time to actually revisit Santana’s debut and provides it the respect it deserves.