Money On My Mind

2006/03/feat_cam1.jpgSaturday, October 22, 2005. Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood is packed with party people celebrating Howard University’s illustrious Homecoming weekend. A couple hours past midnight, at the intersection of New York and New Jersey Avenues, Harlem rap star Cam’ron Giles reclines behind the wheel of his royal blue 2006 Lamborghini, his childhood friend Huddy Combs riding shotgun. Behind them, Cam’s pink Range Rover, full of his boys. Two cars behind the Range, the Diplomats van, manned by Cam’s security chief, T-Rell, and crew. To his right, Cam notices a bandanna-masked fan forming Roc-A-Fella’s famous diamond sign with his hands. He pays little mind—the streets are crowded, and D.C. dudes always wear bandannas around their mouths. But then the fan puts his hands down, raises a gun and moves toward the car. Bang! Bang! Bang! Shots hit the windshield and then Cam’s arms. He steps on the gas, the engine roars, but to no avail. Lamborghinis automatically shift into neutral when idle for more than a few seconds. Combs pushes the restart button and the two take off to the right, followed by the Range. The shooter jumps into the passenger’s seat of a burgundy Ford Expedition that peels off to the left. The security van follows the shooter, as does a marked police car that was right behind the Range at the light.While Cam steers against traffic the half-mile to Howard University Hospital, the Expedition crashes a few blocks away on U Street, where the shooter and the driver escape on foot. Twelve hours later, Cam is released from the hospital, both arms bandaged, and wearing over $200,000 in jewelry. He tells reporters his assailants were “real sloppy,” and hops on a plane back to New York, where he heads straight from the airport to the studio to write about his night.

A month-and-a-half later, the verses have hit the street, on the “Get Em Daddy (Remix)” from the latest Diplomats mixtape, The Title Stays in Harlem. “See it do react,” Cam rhymes. “Hud six threw me back/A few they clapped/But I ate those, them shits are Scooby snacks…”

Meanwhile, D.C. police are frustrated. They found a cell phone and shell casings in the crashed Expedition, and a .45-caliber pistol in an alley nearby. As loquacious as he is on the mic, though, Cam’s lips are sealed when it comes to cops. Unable to get him on the phone since he came home, capital officials are threatening a subpoena. They’ve enlisted NYPD help, too, raising the issue of the five years probation sentence Cam received in 2002 for weapons charges. A couple badges stopped by Cam’s place the other day. It wasn’t a friendly visit.

Still, on December 8, inside of a well-hidden Park Ave. editing studio, 29-year-old Cam’ron seems anything but cowed. He’s here to put the final touches on his self-produced, straight-to-DVD movie, Killa Season, which will accompany the April release of an album, his fifth, of the same name. It’s been almost a year since the flamboyant MC—and CEO of Diplomat Records, leader of the East Coast force Dipset—left Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam in the wake of the Dame Dash–Jay-Z split. Now, after setting up shop for a while at indie warehouse Koch Entertainment, he’s sitting pretty with a new two-album deal with Warner Bros. subsidiary Asylum Records. The figures have been reported to be in the $2.5 million range. Cam says twice that.

Indeed, the numbers keep getting bigger in Dipset World. Cam’s 2002 album, Come Home With Me, is the only Diplomats effort ever to go platinum. Twenty-three-year-old Juelz Santana, though, debuted in Billboard’s pop Top 10 just in time for the holiday shopping season, and Cam’s right-hand man, Jim Jones, is similarly rising in status. Jones took an executive position at Warner Bros. last year, and also launched a Diplomats offshoot, Byrdgang Records. A line of furs (yes, furs) has been added to the crew’s entrepreneurial portfolio—joining the thriving mixtape series and the liquor brand, Sizzurp. Jones’ third official solo album is due this year, too, along with first shots from newer Diplomats Hell Rell and J.R. Writer.

Dipset are as New York street as it gets. But this year, Cam’s aiming to take Harlem’s hood heroes nationwide.

2006/03/feat_cam2.jpgLet’s start with the shooting. It seemed like a failed carjacking at first. But the talk has shifted toward a setup. Who do you think was behind it?
Honestly, I don’t make speculation. When I got an answer I’ll tell you, but I’m not gonna guess on this, that and a third. But before I do, I got to do research. If somebody set me up, we gonna get to the bottom of it.

D.C. cops have expressed frustration with your unwillingness to cooperate with their investigation. NYPD came to your place recently right? What was that about?
I went to D.C. I usually get permission [from my parole officer], but I ran out there because Juelz’s shit was coming out and I had to promote. I get shot and the D.C. police calling me up. I’m not answering my phone, and they’re like, I violated. They come to my house at 8 in the morning… They handcuffed me, took me in with my shit fucked up. But I’m the victim. I just went down there to take care of business, I get shot, now I’m violated? But at the end of the day, the D.C. police be calling me. But why are you calling me? First of all, the car crashed. You have the car, you have the fingerprints, you have the cell phone, and you got the gun—they found the gun in the bushes—and you have a police witness.

So what are the police saying about the shooter or his getaway driver
They talking about the nigga who car it was, he forgot who he lent the car to that night. [If that was New York], he would be in jail until he remembered. Now D.C. police want to speak to me, and the New York cops are violating me, talking about, “Cam don’t wanna cooperate.” Cooperate about what!? I didn’t see nobody. Second of all, you seen everything, you were between me and my whole entourage. You were in the center, and you cut off my squad from catching the nigga.

After you left the hospital, you came back to New York and went straight to the studio. Did you feel any fear, like, Somebody just tried to take my life?
I was more mad that niggas tried to even disrespect me. And I’m mad that we don’t know who did it, and the cops are acting stupid. So now I got to conduct my own investigation. But music has always been a good therapy for me. If I can go out and say whatever—as long as I’m not speculating and putting myself and my friends in any danger—then I don’t give a fuck… I move like somebody is trying to kill me anyway. There’s never a time when you’ll catch me slippin’. I don’t really move around if I’m not right. If I’m at the party, I’m at the party right. I was right that day, we were just off on our way. They caught Ronald Reagan slippin’. You can catch anybody slippin’. Niggas ain’t scared, niggas is upset and want to know what’s going on.

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  • d.GUTTA

    Damn, that dude is cooler than an ice cube in the freezer somewhere in the north pole, n*gga.

  • Scootj

    Dipset cool and all, but Cam’ron gotta give me a manly explanation why he beefin’ w/ a king, he has no win. Basically, it’s two big teams full of street niggas, knock each other head off I don’t care. But how the fuck you talkin’ all this anti-snitch shit, and you get on the track and say you seen dude throw up the roc sign b4 the shots

  • http://XXL Ace

    Cam need to calm the fuck down. He aint that nice. Especially not to get at Jay. If Jay wanted he could lower himself to that level and blow Cam outta the water like he did to Mobb Deep a few years ago. Plus remember, no matter what they say Jay is Juela’ boss. Don’t fuck ya man up over your bullshit nigga. The nicest nigga in the Dipset is Juelz and Jim Jones is the Gangsta, Cam need to just chill and mind his manners. Yeah Jay is old but he has done more for the game than Cam can ever do.

  • Dont Worry Bout My Name

    I don’t no if anyone noticed but his whole story was bullshit I heard this dumbfuck got high and shot himself fuck Camron and fuck Dipset the ones that’s real is 40 Cal and Hell Rell. Juelz is a fuckin’ joke.

  • lord quanique

    That nigga is a joke. Jim jones is my nigga. Hell rell too.

  • geyanee

    yo cam u kno u my nigga, but how u gon beef wit jay, tha man made u, the roc would b nothin without jay, n u’d b nothin without roc, respect yo elders my man, i kno u kno jay fresh, dipset the clique, u my niggas, killa, freeky, jones, juelz, rell, jr, 40 jhs jhs, purple city, u mother fukkers r makin bangers, keep it goin, don’t fuk up like 50 n go all corperate, n cam my man, u dun need beef to sell records, keep ya head up, u crazy niggas, DIPSET

  • unknown

    Blood! Fuck cam, with his weak ass flows….now dis nigga has da ballz to des my nigga jagga….yo fuc.. him and the diplomets… pussy ass nigga…Yo how da fuck can u go against jagga, he got more level then u street wiz.. and rapping wiz.blood no way u can go head 2 head with him He will murder u.Blood u keep fucking with him blood!….Shit i know some niggaz out in BX,QUEEN the whole fuckin NYC who smoke yo ass…all i have 2 is say da word blood all dat heavy ice u walking around with becareful with it I might just some killer taking yo shit blood.Shit i know i ain’t from out there but blood am from piru and i know some niggaz out there who bloodz and kill u stright up, no bullshit blood…so watch wat u say bout my man jagga….he one of da best rapper out there blood…so watch yo mouth and i hope u get this message shit 2 so u know what up…blood ON piru keep talking bout jagga and I’ll have some Lil homie fuck yo ass up….u pussy nigga . with yo weak ass flow……dont “even know how u made in dis game 4 so long” blood…… yo self and da whole dipset nigga…….fuck yall..yall crown in dis hiphopgame. and all dem ice u got on! blood u rent that shit…broke ass nigga…nigga tring 2 be hard on that rapping shit..tring 2 be a made up character which they ain’t….poppin’ all dat head game blood. talkin’bout how he got love in da street…and how he blast them thingz stop lying 2 dis people u soft….”Nigga u know me” keep on talking and I’ll leave u with holez in yo chest…….blood on piru!(compton)

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  • SupremeKnowledge

    this is a another example of ignorant kids on here. jay never put cam on in the first place, it was un and maybe p diddy who helped out cam back in the early middle 90′s. jay demise the idea of putting cam on rocafella because he know cam has the potential of taking over. yo get your actual facts first before you type all that crazy shit about gangs. gangs started on the northeast coast before the west coast, stupid. cam been nice, matter of fact the whole dipset is fire right now. if you don’t understand what he is saying its probably because you slow and not listening anyway. how can jay be a king when he is a biter, biting off other rappers verses and style to make big hits. jay should never be inducted in a hall of fame unless its for the hall of biters. everybody need to stop hiding the fact that jay is a biter, not a writer.

  • bluerid

    wtf im the victim to cam bless you and fuck all those faggots tryna shoot you.i feel bad reading all that shit that happened to you.thanks for keeping it real.i can only take so much but youve done it now marshall ima ask cam to come and pick me up im done with all this therapy shit in holland i simply dont trust other dutch people apart from my schrink and my brother.everybody laughing here in holland while i aint seeying anything funny about the whole fucking situation.i want to get out asap

  • bluerid

    all eyes on you cam..

  • twest711

    cam is nice but he bites too… i mean who doesnt bit… i have even heard cam bit off of jay when cam was dissing nas… so whats the difference…yeah jay borrowed some lines but the dude was the roc and still is the roc…where is dame, is cam his return to glory… then cam on the record crying bout jay stealing from dame…. kanye went on his own, state prop… dip set–if they want the throne why are they going at jay and not g-unit(50 is the king of ny now)…just trying to be seen

  • bluerid

    ok fine this is pissed of at you marshall.

  • bluerid

    shit i just listened what i gotta live for ,

    u live for me cam!!!!

  • bluerid

    i trust cam and wont fuck him up.listening killa season-hey ma.
    im going to do my very best in therapy now

  • fuck all u cam hatez

    fuck u all u nigga man u weak killa cam juelz hell rell and jr is the shit niggaz fuck jim jones n 40 somalian or watever the fuck ur name is men