Harlem’s Cam’ron is one of those classic rappers that knows how to stay fresh after all these years. Back in 1998, Cam’ron first attracted airplay with “Pull It,” after signing with his partner, Lance “Un” Rivera, thanks to a connection with Notorious B.I.G. “3-5-7″ was featured in the movie Woo and became his first R&B chart entry in June. Then in July came “Horse & Carriage,” featuring Mase. It made the R&B Top Ten and just missed hitting the pop Top 40, setting up Cam’ron’s debut album, Confessions of Fire, which went gold and made the Top Ten of both the pop and R&B charts. “Feels Good” featuring Usher was another R&B chart entry in December. “Let Me Know” made the pop and R&B charts in June 1999. A year later, “What Means the World to You” heralded the release of Cam’ron’s biographical sophomore album, S.D.E. (the acronym standing for Sports, Drugs, and Entertainment). Cam’ron worked with Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy, and producer Digga to complete the album, which was released in September 2000. After moving to Jay-Z’s Roc-a-Fella label, his single “Oh Boy” became a big hit on urban radio in 2002, and the album Come Home with Me performed well, too. Early the following year, his protégés the Diplomats debuted with the two-disc set Diplomatic Immunity. Diplomatic Immunity, Vol. 2 appeared a year later, and Cam’ron’s own follow-up, Purple Haze, dropped late in 2004. In 2010, he partnered with Vado for the album Heat in Here, Vol. 1. The collaboration continued in 2011 with Gunz N’ Butta. (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi)
In recent years, SHP has hosted packed-house shows with Cam’ron in several cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tempe, and Chicago. His much-anticipated New York appearance is finally around the corner. Don’t miss him rock the mic Thursday February 20th at Hell’s Kitchen’s own Stage48.