Cam'ron, SD, ShowYouSuck | Lincoln Hall | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., Feb. 26, 7 p.m. 2015
Price: $3 with RSVP
From 2001 until 2004 the Roc-a-Fella empire reigned over rap, headed up by a duo of visionary entrepreneurs, Jay-Z and Dame Dash, who packaged and distributed a host of hip-hop artists, clothing lines, and sublabels. The most prominent artist associated with Dash remains the suave, streetwise Harlem MC Cam’ron, who delivers gonzo gangster-rap poetry with a laid-back attitude and a smooth cadence. Cam’ron and his Diplomats crew were the toast of hip-hop in 2004 and 2005, when cocaine dealing, clothes shopping, and cars were the most fashionable subjects, and high-pitched, sped-up soul samples and weirdly cut orchestral beats were the sound of both the New York underground and radio rap. The apex of this trend is undoubtedly Cam’ron’s 2004 album Purple Haze, wherein alliterative activities like “sippin’ sake in Suzukis in Osaka Bay” and creative-commerce talk such as “Yellow-burgundy, call it canary-red / Yellow diamonds in my ears, call them Lemonheads” are everywhere. As is all too common in rap, Cam’ron eventually released a string of bloated duds and fell out of favor—but he seems due for a comeback. Last year he put out a string of pretty good EPs, and this year he’s supposed to come out with two albums that sound promising: a full-length collaboration with A-Trak and a sequel to Purple Haze. You can probably take your time getting to the show, because judging by his live-performance history, Cam’ron takes his time getting onstage. —Tal Rosenberg
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