Can Cam’ron mount a comeback?

Cam’ron disappears for a few years, then all of a sudden he resurfaces on a random Tuesday in February. The fuck? I can’t tell if he’s just run out of money and figured he’d better hurry up and put an album out, or if this is all part of some brilliant strategy he has to get his career back in order.

The song and video he put out yesterday would suggest the former. On the one hand, I think it’s brilliant, in that he’s apparently made a song about my life, and hence it can’t help but appeal to me on a personal level. Not only has he actually moved to the midwest, but he’s rapping about how he’s got a menial job that he hates, and how he smokes weed before he shows up just so he can get through a shift. Don’t let me find out he’s been working for the same company as me. I generally pass on the grass, not as a rule, but for the same reason I don’t watch sports, but I’ve definitely rubbed one out before I punched the clock. It’s one of the only ways of dealing with working with so many smoking hot high school girls. If only I was smart enough to work with adults, this wouldn’t be an issue. (Grown women = gross!)

But I digress. Suffice it to say I enjoyed both the song and the video. It’s like he’s singing my life with his words. Killing me softly with his song, if you will. Nullus.

That being said, it’s hard for me not to view “I Hate My Job” as a total non sequitir. Why in the fuck is Cam’ron rapping about the sad existence of those of us who’ve been shunned by corporate America, for whatever reason? And how in the fuck was it decided that this would be the move that would get his career back in order? Did he figure that people would be able to relate, because of the economy, and hence they’d run out an cop (despite the fact that they don’t have any money)? I guess that last Young Jeezy album has done well. But you know the South supports its artists regardless of whether or not there’s any justification. New York, meanwhile? Not so much. The video looks like Cam couldn’t afford to hire Rik Cordero, so he hired whoever it is that does those Schweig-Engel commercials. The result might actually be better than a Rik Cordero video anyway.

Also, “I Hate My Job” somehow managed to hit the Internets the same day as the cover for next month’s issue of XXL, featuring… you guessed it, Cam’ron. Coincidence? Not to suggest anything untoward about my benefactor, especially in times like these, but normally, I’d hardly notice if the cover of a new issue of XXL happened to arrive at a moment of brilliant media serendipity for the artist featured therein, if the artist was… say, Jay-Z, or Kanye West, or Fiddy Cent. But I just don’t see Cam’ron having that kind of pull. If anything, there might be a certain amount of latent goodwill, based on the fact that he’s one of the few LCD rappers who takes any kind of pride in his craft. Maybe the stars are finally lining up for him.

Which begs the question, if Cam’ron manages to build on the joementum generated by this new single and magazine cover, rather than just flake out like he always does, could he actually have a viable career in rap music once more? Or is he over and done with, like most other people who’ve ever beefed with 50 Cent? I guess we’ll see.

  • meenstreek

    The track and video were nice. Definetely didn’t excpect something like this from Cam.

    • mo

      cam is that nigga all of you white suburban homos love to over analzye shit.

      • mo

        analyze bitch killa cam cam

  • these posts are racist

    I hope Cam comes back and smashes 50.

    • n.o. 4 life

      50 isnt gonna get ruined by anything but his lack of good music…a rapper wont ever end him he does the beef thing(plus the south stop messin wit him a looong time ago…like second album)…cam will return to a state higher then that shitty killa season but due to the current state of music he will never have that classic purple haze come home with me level

      • Avenger XL

        Since I was never a fan of that whole lazy Harlem flow (taken to the extreme by mace). I have no need for that douche to return, what he needs to do is get Jenny to stop releasing music. I did like the comedy these clowns brought to the game as the Dipset though. They were like a walking parody of themselves. They had douche bags rocking pink and puple and aided in the ushering in of the skinny jean movement all very funny. The game may need dipset for comedy purposes. So let Killa season began anew

        Oh yeah Cosign N.O. 4Life you are correct sir

        • these posts are racist

          I disagree. Dipset brought some good music to the game. Mase was a dope lyricst…it’s nonesense that you dismiss him. Children of the Corn had some nice emcees…and when Cam is on…he’s on.

        • og bobby j

          COTC was the last time i cared for hearing Killa on a track. Thats only because Big L would rip and Murda Mase was nasty…cam was just a filler.

          In fact, he hasnt had a hot verse, imo, since banned from TV.

        • these posts are racist

          I’ll half co-sign that Bobby. I agree that Big L and Murda Mase used to kill it (Big L being #1) but to just write Cam off completely is not fair…he’s put out a lot of wack stuff and that has harmed his legacy but I think he has it in him to bring something to the table. Besides, I just really want to see him take on 50.

        • http://xxl ryan

          2 tell the truth cam was actually the best in COTC. mase was 2nd. big l wasnt really shinin on the tracks lik cam n mase did. but later on in his career big l surpassed them. back 2 topic. cam can definitely make a cumback due 2 his originality but there is so many dickriders of bad music n fake artist it would b hard. but im definitely buyin the album no matter wat.

  • Worley

    I tell kids all the time to think of the one thing they hate doing the most. Then think about doing it 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for at least 40 years. That’s what your life will be like if you don’t take the time to figure out what you want to do and then go about doing it. That said “I Hate My Job” is a much needed public service announcement. It won’t help Cam’s career though.

  • Josh

    That joint sounded like a throwaway from the “Office Space Soundtrack,” which, I might add featured the 1999 version of “I Hate My Job,” — namely, “Shove This Jay Oh Bee” by Canibus and Biz Markie.

    That being said, “Office Space” came out in the midst of the dot com boom. “I Hate My Job” has come out in the midst of a recession.

    I really feel like Cam is just toying with us.

    Either that, or he’s gone crazy.

    I’m still convinced it’s a dis record aimed at Jim and Juelz.

    http://twitter.com/stillLegal

    • http://907hiphop.com Rocco907

      i thought the same thing about the canibus song when i heard cam’s shit…however, cam’s was much less corny and much more relatable. i like that its the opposite of all the BS everyone else is putting out. self depricating humor is awesome.

  • Josh

    why the hell do my posts never show up?

  • Josh

    Let’s try again…

    That joint sounded like a throwaway from the “Office Space Soundtrack,” which, I might add featured the 1999 version of “I Hate My Job,” — namely, “Shove This Jay Oh Bee” by Canibus and Biz Markie.

    That being said, “Office Space” came out in the midst of the dot com boom. “I Hate My Job” has come out in the midst of a recession.

    I really feel like Cam is just toying with us.

    Either that, or he’s gone crazy.

    I’m still convinced it’s a dis record aimed at Jim and Juelz.

    • Josh

      I guess I need to learn how to be more patient…

  • amar

    i dunno…if hip hop blogs are the new yo mtv raps and cam’ron is all over the hip hop blogs, maybe this is just what he needs…

    then again, these stunts usually don’t last more than a week. There was dmx’s antics, saigon vs. joe budden and now raws the baws vs. fiddy. I don’t see any of these dudes making new money. In fact, dmx is locked up, saigon and joe budden are working in mcdonalds and raws the baws and fiddy cent are still jackasses

    • Steve Row

      XXL these the bloggers you got on your payroll? Cant be serious

  • dameSTATUS

    I REALLY MEAN IT.

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    cam is back! his music is smashing 50 cent shit. im impressed dat he actually came w/ a song dat mo fo’s can really relate 2.

  • geico lizard

    “I can’t tell if he’s just run out of money and figured he’d better hurry up and put an album out” There is no way he spent the 2 milli he made selling juelz into slavery unless cam has a nose candy problem.

  • Pierzy

    I think Cam is trying to do the exact opposite of most rappers that rhyme about ridiculous expensive things they could never rent, let alone own. I’m sure he hears Juelz Santana dissin’ Jay-Z by saying “I’ll buy your building” when he can barely buy a pair of Tims and says, “Let me try to appeal to the masses with a song they can relate to, like ‘Take This Job and Shove It.’”

    Then again, maybe he got real high one day while watching “Office Space”

    • Smel

      That is a good ass idea.

      Also,

      “But I digress. Suffice it to say I enjoyed both the song and the video. It’s like he’s singing my life with his words. Killing me softly with his song, if you will. Nullus.”

      way too funny.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    Cam’ron may not sell like Purple Haze but that won’t stop good music from being pumped.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    Cam’ron is still relevent. he’s gone for two years and comes back to a mag cover. He’ll get promoted and sell.

  • render

    The album is called “crime pays”

    first single is about not being able to get a job/working a shitty job

    maybe im giving cam too much credit but I think this shit is supposed to be a concept album.

    first track broke nigga cant get work- next track he starts slanging to pay bills- works his way up through the dope game, starts making stacks….moral is: “Crime pays”

    on some scarface type shit

    again tho…might be givin cam too much credit. hope I aint…shit could be a unexpected classic

  • render

    The album is called “crime pays”

    first single is about not being able to get a job/working a shitty job

    maybe im giving cam too much credit but I think this shit is supposed to be a concept album.

    broke nigga cant get work-starts slanging to pay bills- works his way up through the dope game, starts making stacks….moral is: Crime Pays (working the system doesnt)

    on some scarface type shit

    again tho…might be givin cam too much credit. hope I aint…shit could be a unexpected classic

    • DV8

      you could be on to something…..

      I expect Cam to come out with some creative shit that will totally go against the grain. His latest joint ” I Hate My Job” reminds me of the Confessions Of Fire/ S.D.E. Cam.

    • $ykotic

      I think you hit the nail on the head.

      Cam had plenty time to create a concept so I couldn’t see the buildup any other way.

      • macdatruest

        yea you is onto something, a big ass assumption. You are assuming this is track no. 1 on the album, which it would have to be for the album to play out chronologically leading up to a life of crime. That is a good ass idea though-if you are right that shit would be dope

  • Belize

    u still a faggit ass nukka bol

    hehe

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    “Quoted by some, you noticed by none/
    Only magazine I care about go in my gun.”

    Cam is what the game has been missing, even if the shit doesn’t sell.

    “I got my check, now I’m feelin’ disrespected…”

    Where the eff’s that CDQ vers?

    • master cheef

      bout time for you to go “under”

      i thought you left after blacker cracker ethered you a year ago

      • these posts are racist

        Master Cheef,

        The Underwriter is a clown…

        • GorillaJoe

          And his blog still doesn’t get any hits.

        • these posts are racist

          Word. I’m not sure if you followed XXL for a while, but he used to beg me to beef with him back in the day just to get some attention. It was sad.

        • GorillaJoe

          Dude, this is lowendofdachi.

          Ready for that heatwave this weekend? lol

        • these posts are racist

          Lowend!

          What up my brother! Man, the Chi has been bitter frost Joe…I’m looking forward to the 50 degree weather…

          How you doing man, how’s life?