Cameron Ezike Giles (born February 4, 1976), better known by his stage name Cam'ron (formerly Killa Cam), is an American rapper and actor from Harlem, New York City, NY. He is the de facto leader of East Coast Hip-hop groups The Diplomats (also known as Dipset), and The U.N. (Us Now).
Cameron Giles was born and raised in Harlem, New York. He went to school at Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, where he would meet his long time friends Mase and Jim Jones. He was a promising basketball player alongside Mase, however, he was unable to take advantage of scholarship offers due to his poor academic standing. He instead enrolled in a college in Texas, even without graduating from high school, but soon dropped out and returned to Harlem where he began selling drugs before starting his rap career. He began his musical career in the mid 1990s, rapping alongside Big L, Mase and his cousin Bloodshed in a group called Children of the Corn. However, after Bloodshed’s death in a car accident in 1997, the group disbanded and the remaining members continued solo careers.
Two years before Big L’s murder in 1999, Cam'ron was introduced to The Notorious B.I.G. by Mase who was signed to Bad Boy Records at the time. Biggie was so impressed by Cam'ron that he introduced him to his partner Lance “Un” Rivera who signed Cam'ron to his Untertainment label, distributed by Epic Records. His debut album, Confessions of Fire, was released in a year later, July 1998 and included singles such as “3-5-7” (which was also featured in the movie Woo), and “Horse and Carriage” featuring Mase which reached the R&B Top Ten and just missed out on reaching the pop Top 40. The album achieved gold status and made the Top 10 of both the pop and R&B charts.
In 2003 Cam'ron teamed up with his fellow Diplomats Members Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Freekey Zeeky to release the Diplomats’ debut double disc album, Diplomatic Immunity, in 2003 under Roc-A-Fella/Diplomat Records, which was quickly certified gold by the RIAA. The album featured the lead single “Dipset Anthem,” a remix to Cam'rons hit “Hey Ma” and the (street anthem) single “I Really Mean It,” as well as boasting production from Kanye West, Just Blaze, and The Heatmakerz. A year later, the Diplomats released their second album, Diplomatic Immunity 2. Although not as successful as their debut, it still was boosted to gold status. Around this time in the height of his mainstream fame, Cam'ron was known for popularizing the color pink. During this period, Cam'ron was always seen wearing pink clothing and even bought an all pink Range Rover which can be seen in his video for “Killa Cam”. Cam'ron’s fourth studio album, Purple Haze, was released on December 7, 2004 on Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella Records. It featured collaborations withKanye West, Jaheim, Twista, Juelz Santana, and various other artists and ultimately reached gold status. The album was also a critical success, being ranked 114th on Pitchfork Media’s Top 200 Albums of the first decade of the 21st century List, and 10th on Rhapsody’s Hip Hop’s Best Albums Of The Decade List. However, after feeling that the album was poorly promoted and that his projects were not receiving the attention they deserved, Cam'ron requested his release from Roc-A-Fella Records.
On April 28, 2005, Cam'Ron officially joined the Warner Music Group under the Asylum Records imprint. He began work on what would be his first project for the new label. Cam'ron’s fifth studio album, entitled Killa Season, was released on May 16, 2006 featuring production from long term collaborators The Heatmakerz, Charlmagne and Ty Fyffe, as well as others such as Alchemist and I.N.F.O.. Along with the album, Cam'ron released his first film, in which he wrote, directed and starred in, also titled “Killa Season”. Despite selling 112,000 units in the first week and debuting at #2 on the charts, Killa Season failed to have the same sales strength as his two previous releases and failed to reach gold or platinum status quickly, Eventually, Killa Season became certified gold.
After the release of Killa Season and his feud with 50 Cent in 2007, Cam'ron took a three year hiatus from music after his mother suffered three strokes which left her paralyzed on her left side. He moved to Florida with her to set up her rehabilitation and therapy, and stayed there until she had fully recovered. Cam'ron’s 2009 album, Crime Pays was released on Asylum/Diplomat Records, featuring the majority of the production handled by Skitzo and AraabMuzik. Although none of the singles managed to chart, the album still reached Number 3 on the Billboard 200 but only sold 150,000 units, making this the lowest selling album of his career. In 2009 Cam'ron formed a new label, Dipset West, and new group, The U.N..
In late 2009/early 2010, Cam'ron released a series of mixtapes hosted by DJ Drama called “Boss of All Boses” which featured his new upcoming artist Vado. He has also released an album with Vado entitled Cam'ron & The U.N. Presents: “Heat in Here Vol 1; the first single off the album was "Speaking Tongues” which peaked at number 82 on the U.S. R&B charts. Cam'ron announced that he would be releasing a joint album with his new group The U.N.. called “Gunz n’ Butta”. After 3 years Cam'ron & Jim Jones have decided to start working on a third installment of the Diplomatic Immunity album along with other Diplomat artists such as Juelz Santana & Freekey Zekey. Cam'ron announced that the Diplomat album’s release will take place around Christmas 2010. The first single featuring the reunited Diplomat members is called “Salute”. Produced by upcoming Diplomat producer AraabMuzik, the track was rumored to appear on Jim Jones next album Capo. He was featured on the song “The Bluff” off Wiz Khalifa’s second studio album ONIFC. His next studio album Killa Season 2 will be released in 2013. The album will feature guest appearances from Dipset, T.I., Nicki Minaj, and Wiz Khalifa. Prior to that he released a mixtape titled, Ghetto Heaven Vol 1 on October 1, 2013.
In 2003, Cam'ron went on to appear in the Damon Dash produced film, Paid in Full, in which he played one of three main characters alongside Mehki Phifer and Wood Harris. In 2006 started shooting his movie for his album entitled Killa Season, the film would mark both Cam'ron’s screenwriting and directorial debuts, as well as his return to acting. Killa Season was released to DVD on April 25, 2006, after a special two-day theatrical release.
Although there had been rumors of a beef between the two emcees, Cam'ron went public first with a track on “Killa Season” called “You Gotta Love It (Jay-Z Diss)” featuring ex-Dipset member Max B. In the song, Cam'ron takes jabs at Jay-Z’s age, his alleged “biting” (stealing) of lyrics, and his current girlfriend. He references Jay-Z using The Notorious B.I.G.’s rhymes, rapping “You ain’t the only one with big wallets got it my shit’s brolick but ya publishing should go to Miss Wallace.” He then released another song “Swagger Jacker (Biter Not a Writer)” to highlight the many songs Jay-Z has borrowed lines from. In the next issue of XXL, Cam'ron explained the beef originated when Jay-Z became CEO and President of Roc A Fella Records. In 2010 Cam'ron stated he does not have any issues with Jay-Z anymore.
On February 1, 2007, Cam'ron and 50 Cent had a live argument on The Angie Martinez Show on Hot 9 radio. 50 Cent commented that Koch Entertainment was a “graveyard”, meaning major record labels would not work with their artists. Cam'ron then ridiculed the record sales of G-Unit members Lloyd Banks and Mobb Deep by stating that Jim Jones outsold their albums despite being signed to an independent label and that his group, The Diplomats, had a distribution deal from several labels. Both rappers released “diss” songs with videos on YouTube. 50 Cent suggested in “Funeral Music” that Cam'ron is no longer able to lead The Diplomats and that Jim Jones should take his place. Cam'ron responded with “Curtis” and “Curtis Pt. II”, in which he makes fun of 50 Cent’s appearance, calling him “a gorilla, with rabbit teeth”. 50 Cent responded by releasing “Hold On” with Young Buck. Since 2009, the feud between the two has seemed to calm down.
During this time Cam'ron was not speaking to his fellow Diplomat members Juelz Santana and Jim Jones, leading to speculation that the group had broken up. However, despite admitting that he did not want to contact Jim Jones, he said that he had no hard feelings towards him. In an interview with Miss Info, Cam'ron said: “I still haven’t spoken to Jim. But Jim ran with me for over 10 years, he worked hard, and I wish him the best of luck. Everybody thinks I’m mad at Jim. Why am I mad? I told people for years that Jimmy was gonna be a star. So its better on my resume. I wish him the best.” But After three years of not speaking, Cam'ron and Jim Jones mended their differences in April 2010. In late 2011, both appeared together on Wolfgang Gartner’s album Weekend in America, on the track “Circus Freaks.”
After it was evident to the fans that The Diplomats had separated and were no longer on speaking terms, Cam'ron explained in an interview that he was scared for Juelz Santana stating he was “addicted to the drink Sizzurp” and even talked to his mother about his possible “addiction”. Juelz Santana responded back by asking why Cam'ron would say false accusations. Additionally, with The Diplomats seeming to be broken up and diminished, Cam'ron decided to sell Juelz Santana’s contract from Diplomat Records to Def Jam Records for $2,000,000. However, Juelz Santana said there were no hard feelings between the two and that they have since reconciled.
Both Cam'ron and Jim Jones took out their frustrations on former label-mate Kanye West in defense of former CEO Dame Dash by releasing a song entitled “Toast” rhyming over Kanye West’s song “Runaway”. Saying “And Kanye, you a sucker nigga / Dissed Dame, so my attitude is "fuck a nigga” / Sucka Jigga how you gone live with that / Took ya beat now come get it back". Despite this diss-track, when asked in an interview on Hot 97 with Funkmaster Flex of his take on the subject, Kanye responded by saying “Man, you don’t understand how much I love Dipset. But it’s so necessary; Dipset is so necessary. ”Additionally, Kanye said he understands that people do not agree with the way he does certain things and he, himself, does not even agree with some of the stuff he’s done. Currently, neither Cam'ron nor Jim Jones have responded back. The feud has later ended, since Cam'ron, Jim Jones, and Kanye West collaborated on a song called “Christmas in Harlem”.
On October 23, 2005, Cam'ron was leaving a nightclub in Washington D.C., having performed the day before at Howard University. While stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of New York and New Jersey Avenue shortly after midnight, a passenger of a nearby car threatened Cam'ron to “give up” his 2006 Lamborghini. Cam'ron resisted, and the man then shot him. Cam'ron was struck at least once as he was holding the steering wheel, but he was able to drive, going the wrong way on streets and flashing his lights, until a fan drove him to Howard University Hospital. The gunman and passenger fled and crashed into a parked car and fled the scene. D.C. Metro Police recovered a cell phone from the scene of the crash, which they tried to use to trace the suspects. He stated that he does not know who shot him.
On April 22, 2007, Cam'ron was interviewed on 60 Minutes as part of a piece on the Stop Snitchin' movement. He also stated that he would “not help the police” try to locate the shooter saying he is “not a snitch” and helping the police would probably hurt his record sales. He stated in the interview, “Because with the type of business I’m in, it would definitely hurt my business. And the way that I was raised, I just don’t do that. I was raised differently, not to tell…It’s about business but it’s still also a code of ethics”“ When asked by Anderson Cooper if he would tell the police if a serial killer was living next to him, Cam'ron replied "I would probably move,” but would not inform the police.
After the 60 Minutes interview aired, Cam'ron received a lot of media criticism for his statements.
Cam'ron later issued an apology for his comments, calling it an “error in judgement”: "Where I come from, once word gets out that you’ve cooperated with the police that only makes you a bigger target of criminal violence. That is a dark reality in so many neighborhoods like mine across America. I’m not saying its right, but its reality. And it’s not unfounded. There’s a harsh reality around violence and criminal justice in our inner cities.“ Cam'ron has had contact with the police in the past. According to The Smoking Gun, New York Police Department records indicate that Giles filed a police report with police after he was assaulted at a park in Harlem in 1999.
The title song “My Swagger” is like an “upgrade” of “Hey Yah”, the lead song of the mini album released last year. It is a song created with a strong belief of “Let’s aim higher/improve in GOT7’s style”. This time too, the song is full of hype and GOT7’s positive energy
The term “SWAG/SWAGGER” used in the title, is a term frequently used amongst the youngsters in the US hip hop world. It means to have “sense, fashion style, charm”, also “to have confidence in oneself, to have your own style”.
Other than feeling GOT7’s SWAG in the song, the song also conveys message such as “Let’s not limit ourselves and create the future together! “, “Let’s continue to improve ourselves and take another step forward!”
If we were to talk about the highlight of the song… The youngest in GOT7 who is always evolving. Yugyeom’s rap part is the best!! The members’ Japanese pronunciation and articulation improved over the years. In order to show case their ever improving rapping skills, during the last stages of the production, a high speed rap was added after the dance break. The person that was chosen to do it, not only dance well, but has recently been proven to have a brilliant voice too – Yugyeom. I’m sure the clear and fast rap will earn the great cheers of the audience during the live performance!!
For the dance, the climax is JB’s part. According to the members, the highlight is the “crazy dancing”. Be sure to check it out during the live performance.
「MEET ME」Song introduction & JB’s comment
The B-side track “Meet Me” is a song composed and produced by leader JB. It’s song with a futuristic, R&B feel which is on trend now, and is a fresh mid-tempo dance number.
For me, even if it’s not for the purpose of an album, I compose as and when I feel like composing and I compose regularly/daily. This song was written around the “Moriagatteyo” era. I made a song that shows GOT7 ‘s bright/cheerful way of living, and I wanted to make a song that suits GOT7. To summarise the lyrics, I think it would be “Let’s be together!” (laughs); “Don’t think too hard/much, be my girl”. Thank you everyone for always loving my songs and GOT7’s songs. It would be great if everyone enjoys “Meet Me”. Please listen to “Meet Me” lots. Thank you for always supporting us.
Her tune ricocheted between the buildings, muffled very soon after it fled her. It was with a certain confidence the pirate moved, her swagger and sing-song whistling the behaviors of a woman who had nothing to fear on the derelict streets she had so unceremoniously claimed as her own. Drapers Ward, previously all but a warzone with the Hatters and Dead Eels gnashing teeth at one another’s throats. However now? Now the Hatters… Even the Whalers were vanished, thanks to Daud whether that was his intention or not.
A loose wrist twirled the long, wicked Gaff Hook to her right, as Lizzy Stride meandered by her lonesome without a care in the world. On the way back to the Undine given the direction bare feet carried her, with a bottle in hand and at least two more shoved haphazardly into a burlap sack secured at the back of her belt. Clearly the Captain intended on drinking the night away, seemed to be in high spirits given the tune that lips boldly whistled.
The steady clink, clink, clinking at her waist was accented with each surprisingly upbeat step.
It was probably hideously unwise, traipsing alone when she found herself interested enough to properly leave the shore line. Even with almost the entirety of Drapers Ward to herself and her Eels, hidden eyes gazed down and noted her motions, her demeanor and most importantly, her solitude. Who knew the intentions of those who bore them?
Friend? Foe? Infected?
Lizzy didn’t know of their intent. By the Void, she either didn’t know or barely cared that she was being watched. But Lizzy didn’t know a lot of things… Cared about even less. So carry on she did, the Undine finally a darkened shadow at the edges of her sight.
Nobody, watching or not, would dare to attack or apprehend her so close to the heart of her command. Or at least she had herself convinced.
Jaewon’s YG debut (probably won’t happen for another 600 years cause YG.) Definitely didn’t happen.
Bobby doing interviews because he’s the most extra person ever and LOL Happened…a REALLY long time ago. I think In January. I’ve known about it for a long time too but I’m just having a hard time getting off my butt as of late. haha It’s an interview with W Korea.
Mino existingHe did. ALL.YEAR.LONG. Thanks every deity of every religion for allowing him to be here.
CJamm existing and making some more music (hopefully). Happened 2/19/16 when CJamm dropped Prove.
Cheetah and Heize being the Queen and Princess of khiphop. Happened as Cheetah is the Queen by default and Heize is killing the charts with her releases and doing well on variety shows.
Electroboyz doing something (anything really) Happening on 7/30/16 when they release Sunglasses, their 2nd album.
Same as number 6 but with M.I.B this timeZick Jasper and SIMS performed at the Royal Class concert in February!
Another AOMG cypher cause that shit was FIRE Happened March 25 2016 when they dropped the Always on my grind song. It’s basically an AOMG cypher so *shrugs*
SMTM5 being a mess (and me gettin yelled at for laughing at everybody’s “oppas” again). SMTM5 actually wasn’t a mess, I didn’t get yelled at, and it was actually a pretty chill year as far as SMTM5 was concerned.
More idols going on SMTM5 because that’s hilariousMore idols did go. I think only Luizy made it I think. So it wasn’t hilarious but it still happened.
More people being discovered on SMTM5 ( or rediscovered, kinda like Jaewon and David Kim. Which would actually probably means less idols but oh well) Happened throughout SMTM. Junoflo, Kenny Raw, BNa, D-9ine, Hash Swan to name a few
1TYM reunion (or just any member of 1tym doing anything really) Happened 2/19/16 when CL posted a picture of her out with Teddy Park! Still not crossing out the hope of reunion though!
1TYM 2.0 creation (Jaewon, B.I., Bobby, Mino)This 50% happened? With MOBB. this is more like a Jinusean or GDxTOP creation ALTHOUGH THEY ARE DEFINITELY DIFFERENT, I didn’t mean this to say they would be exactly the same but just to say that another hip hop group would be produced and it was. So 50% as I said.
Basick dropping anything Happened already. He’s releasing a full length album!
Super Bee dropping anything This happened when he dropped the songs from Swaggers MAde in the USA back in March
Black Nut being Black Nut.Well this happened. Especially with him throwing some sahde at Iron but that’s really all he did noteworthy.
Epik High albumDropping next year! It’s being worked on now. I’ll grade easy and say this happened since we DO have the confirmation.
More artists being signed to HIGHGROUND. this didn’t happen, note that I wrote this after Incredivle was announced so no one who was announced in early 2016 counts for this.
Find out more about Masta Wu’s label. Nothing really happened with this but I’m still extremely curious?
This goes with the Electroboyz one but Brave Ent actually getting off their ass and helping their own artists do music related stuff. I mean how hard is it to make your own artists songs when you made Boyfriend, Sistar, Teen Top, AOA etc. songs? (Happened on 2/3/16 when I found out that he announced the Brave Girls are back after 3+years)
Black Nut trying to be Beenzino. This diddn’t happen but i think we got enough in other years. Black Nut is past this stage.
Beenzino trying to be Black Nut because inception. I’m so sad this didn’t happen
Punch (formerly of 1Punch with Jaewon) making a song with Silento that actually becomes a hit in the US like “Watch Me” Unfortunately this one isnt gonna happen. But it’s all good though
L.joe and CAP not being so underrated Didn’t happen unless something weird happens in the next 9 days. this is 2016 though so I wouldn’t count it all the way out.
Kyung not living in Zico’s shadow anymore. Didn’t happen…actually I’ll grade nicely and say in 25% of the way happened? Kyung had his own releases and he enjoyed some moderate success so good for him
Yongguk and Innovator being gummy bears. They were sweet and adorable all year long exactly as expected.
Vernon doing more embarrassing, tryhard shit like “Pull up on you whacks with the mac fully loaded.” (Happened on 2/2/16 when I found a new video of him saying “Pulling up with the mac again.”)
OK so throughout 2016 we’re going to come back to this list and mark things off once they get accomplished and by the end we’ll see how many actually happened!
EDIT: The list is completely updated as of 7:16 PM PST Decemeber 22, 2016.
So what if you believe in angels,
if once you left your body
on a clear October night, if you
sit, feet numb, spine grieving,
and lose yourself in breath. So what.
You’re sunk into this muddy world
up to your hubcaps. You waltz
under its mirrored ball, delirious
as a 1940s girl in her white faille
dress and peek-toe pumps.
This bully world still has the strength
to break your heart
with all it’s street-smarts and its swagger,
its Spanish love songs
and its one and only mango moon.
You say it’s not death, but the dying,
what comes before,
but it is death—giving up that moon
none of us can bear to leave,
the Chardonnay and berries,
summer’s peonies exploding
and the alchemy of autumn,
the caught breath that demands
itself, refuses to give in.
Each day you say, start now.
Teach yourself to yield. Become
light without desiring light.
But see how you’ve failed again,
your heart attentive and engaged,
a lighthouse at the edge
of a cold and dangerous sea.
Once again the child
climbs its hundred dark stairs
and with one small smoky lantern
tries to guide the boats safely in.
Susan Elbe, “Practicing Eternity”, in CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women (Vol. 20, No. 2, Winter 2001/2002)