Cam’ron Wrote “Crush On You”

It is no secret that Lil’ Cease didn’t write his own rhymes. On Spotlight, XXL’s UStream show, the Brooklyn rapper admitted that his mentor The Notorious B.I.G. wrote several of his raps, but until today (April 27) no one knew that Dipset leader Cam’ron was responsible for arguably his most known verse.

In an interview with Hot 97 personalities DJ Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg on their Juan Epstein podcast, the Harlemite revealed that he wrote Cease A Leo’s rhymes on Lil’ Kim’s 1996 hit “Crush on You.”

“What happened was, [Untertainment CEO Lance] Un [Rivera] gave Mase $30,000 to write five songs for Lil’ Cease at that time and Mase gave me $5,000 of the 30 to write one or two of the songs,” he said. “I wrote the ‘Crush on You’ song and they ended up keeping it for Lil’ Kim album but it was really for Lil’ Cease. The original ‘Crush on You’ is all Lil’ Cease, Lil’ Kim isn’t even on the record.”

Cam, who didn’t have a solo album deal at the time, says he was paid the $5,000 up front and did not receive any residuals after the song started to gain success, making its way to No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music charts in 1997.

Meanwhile, Cam and his latest protégé Vado, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, with their collaborative LP, Gunz N’ Butta, earlier this morning. The Harlem duo’s disc sold about 7,500 CDs in their first week, earning a spot at No. 78. —Elan Mancini

  • T

    Damn Cease. Why be a rapper if you don’t write? -_-

  • John

    Because being a rapper who spits ghostwritten verses is still a promotion from being Biggie’s weed carrier lol

  • jay money

    Man he said on the song “Harlem” from 2004, “I had a crush on you, then Mase & UN called me and then i wrote ‘Crush On You.’” It’s from DJ KaySlay’s Streetsweeper 2 album. Catch up niggas.

    • GOLFWANG

      Fasho! I’m glad somebody remember that classic harlem track!

  • EHO,BX-163rd

    YO,XXL YOU FUCKING MAD LATE ON UR INFO.. TELL US SHIT WE DONT KNO ABOUT!!!!

  • http://hotnewhiphop.com/nwiez NIk Wiez

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  • Q461

    Cam ain’t lyin….I remember the original version was all Cease no Kim…Cease didn’t have much of a rap careeer anyways… Could be in the running for GOAT weed carrier with Bleek and Tony Yayo…

    Cam and Vado didn’t sell much but not sure if they really expected to…That Hey Muma track is gettin burn though everyday on Hot. 97…

  • $yk

    …cam got robbed…that song is still in rotation

  • escobar9300

    I know you see me on the video…truuuuuue! Lmao man I loved that joint. I dont care if Cease was just a weed carrier, dude seemed cool as fuck.

  • http://www.gamedotblog.com StriderNo9

    Too bad both are pretty shitty rappers.

  • Dub

    Funny how niggas criticize Cease for not writing his raps and dickride Eazy-E and Dr Dre in the same breath

  • http://www.slimbiggins.com Ones aka Slimbiggins

    THIS WAS WELL KNOW FOR MAAAAAAAAAAAAD YEARS!
    I GUESS THE XXL STAFF ARE THE ONLY ONES SUPRISED!

    SMDH

    BTW @DUB: I COSIGN THAT COMMENT

  • http://www.xxlmag.com BkMadeMe

    I don’t care what anyone says bout Cease, dude had one of the most slept on albums of the 90′s The Wonderful World Of Cease A Leo. That album was fire. I still rock it til this day. No need to hate of Cease, your favorite rapper today doesn’t even write his own songs.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    Good comments.

    @ dub. u r so right. u got dre, eazy, lil wayne and many more who have ghostwriters. wat is sameful is that every other genre of music has song writers BUT hip hop is suppose to be different? wake up!

    @BK. that disc is really good. It was probably heavily ghost written.

    Yes, cam got the raw deal. NOTE TO ANY ARTIST always get points on the package vs a large upfront amount.

  • oskamadison

    OK, Camron wrote Crush On You. What’s your next piece on, Hov ghostwriting for Foxy Brown? Damn, heads been knowin’ that since the song dropped. I believe dude got credit for it. I guess I’m a hypocrite on the issue ’cause I feel if you don’t write your shit, you’re not an MC but if you slide me enough paper, I’ll scribble a lil’ somethin’ for ya. Question: how would y’all feel if you found out that your favorite MC, I mean the cat who you think is the greatest thing ever with the bars had a ghostwriter?

  • DaNigzIzBack

    It was also revealed that Kim wrote her own verse. I thought that someone else did it for her.

  • Tone Sinclair

    Um this news is like13 years old, myself and everybody around me knew cam wrote that. you can easily tell if you rap it back to yaself, thats cams whole style back then