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Rsonist, a member of the production duo The Heatmakerz, has explained how he produced The Diplomats’ 2003 hit “Dipset Anthem” in a new episode of Genius’ Deconstructed. The video marks the first time Genius has featured a song older than a decade in the series.
“Dipset Anthem,” which peaked at No. 64 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, served as the lead single off The Diplomats’ debut album, Diplomatic Immunity.
In the video, Rsonist recalls how he got into producing and was gifted $20,000 worth of equipment. The producer then breaks down how he used the Akai MPC2000 to chop up the different elements of the song. He admits he almost threw away the beat but stuck with it because he liked the track’s only sample.
The Heatmakerz are a multi-platinum production duo made up of members Rsonist and Thrilla. The New York-based group rose to fame in the early 2000s after producing for Lil Wayne, Ghostface Killah, and The Diplomats.
Watch the video above.