An album review for the funniest man in Hip-Hop. Killa Cam’.
Cam’ron is often times overlooked and underrated in many MC discussions. I mean, at one point in time Cam was only known for being in the legendary meme that is used by Black Twitter every year the Grammys come on standing aside Juelez Santana and Jim Jones. You know… the one where Cam’ron is wearing the pink bomber jacket, with the pink filp phone to ear, and the antenna up. But these days it seems like Cam’ron along with the entire Diplomat collective are Hip Hop artifacts.
The Program is Cam’s 7th solo studio album, and he's still the same witty, heavy hitting punchline rapper.
Killa Cam’ Vs. Murda Ma$e.
In the FIRST verse. Of the FIRST song. Cam’ron tells us a little story about Ma$e.
Then Ma$e called, said “Yo, I’m stuck inside some b*tches house”
Her boyfriend at the door, could I hurry up and get him out
Aight, what’s the address? Homie said “Kingsbridge”
That was great I had some niggas right on Bainbridge.
This verse holds weight not only because Cam’ron and Ma$e used to rap together in a Harlem grown group called Children of the Corn, but also becaise Cam’ has previously called out Ma$e for being scared of the pressures that came with the Bad Boy/ Death Row beef, and becoming a reverand.
20 years later this very beef was rekindled, when Ma$e shockingly responded with a diss track titled The Oracle. Strategically putting together some clever punch-lines, that put out a lot of family business. Here are a few lines.
Imagine 20 years with a bitter b*tch and the same drama
Dame told you do this sh*t and you don’t see Dame karma
And everybody seen the footage I got
Every since 10 you was a thirsty n*gga
I ain’t gone talk about the time you f*cked your sister
You robbed Juelz on some Diddy sh*t
And when Jim start ballin’ you get back on sissy sh*t
You even had the nerve to call up Sham
And use his basketball skill to steal the name Jelly Fam
One thing if for certain that Cam’ron has stayed true to was his unique style while bragging to his listeners about his lavish lifestyle.
On “Coleslaw,” he gives Kanye West a bit of PR advice, ironically one ex-Rocafella rapper to another.
Kanye got on stage, what he do? Played Jay-Z out
What he do next? Check into the crazy house?
Fuck that you made a living talking greazy
Besides that, man, you Yeezy with the Yeezy’s
Be yourself, you ain’t gotta go AWOL
The static between these two originates back when Rocafella split. Kanye went with Jay. Cam’ went with Dame.
This mixtape lacks imagination on Cam’ron’s part, almost like he was uninspired which can lead one to wonder why exactly this tape came into existence.
Today more than ever older artist have a lane to make money in off of their old hits. Xscape is an example of this.
Cam’ron is a legacy act. Unless he is releasing new music that brings back the nostaglia of his old music, I’m not sure why he would continue to make music. Especially after hinting at retirement for so long and essentially saying that his heart was no longer in the sport of Rap.
On a mixtpae full of sampled-filled songs, one would not be lying if he said Cam’ron under performed. The Program is a ver forgettable mixtape.
3 out of 5 pink minks.
Louisiana born. Published in The Atlanta Daily World, RYSE Magazine, and RollingOut Magazine. https://medium.com/@kimanihayes00