Cam was far from pink minks when he signed his Roc deal.
“Cam’Ron” and “broke” are two words that don’t even sound right together. You have to have some serious bank before you get to all pink mink, but apparently, things haven’t always been flush for Killa Cam.
He admitted in a new interview that he was dead broke when he signed to Roc-A-Fella in 2001. Though Cam had already released two albums, 1998’s Gold-selling Confessions Of Fire and 2000’s highly-charting S.D.E., Cam said that all that money was gone by 2001.
“After two albums I was pop,” he said in an interview with MReck TV.
Apparently, Cam had found a way to scrounge up $10K to keep himself out of the poorhouse, but he very nearly lost that. “I was in front of Baseline [studios]. I lost the $10,000 check,” Cam revealed. “Yo, we in front of the studio, I’m dead pop, I just signed to Roc-A-Fella, but I’m dead pop. I done gambled, did all type of shit, I’m dead pop. I found [an] Ohio lick though, but I got a check out the blue for 10,000. I lost it.”
Cam eventually found the check (with the help of Freeky Zeaky) underneath a nearby car, but it was a frightening moment for the rapper who had managed to gamble and spend his way through his early success.
Of course, after signing to Roc-A-Fella, he released a third album that ensured he’d never have to worry about money again, as long as people still love “Hey Ma.”
The End of Good Vibes
Cam’s time at the Roc was… well, rocky. He already had a bit of bad blood with Hov before he signed on to his label — allegedly, stabbing someone’s homie will do that — and the close quarters didn’t help matters.
Cam released several diss tracks about the rapper, and Cam still hasn’t forgiven Jay for possibly barring him from the position of VP of the label. Though the two made a lot of money together, Cam split for Dame Dash’s label when Roc was bought out by Def Jam.
Though Dipset members and Cam frequently tossed barbs at Jay, the then-new president of Def Jam very rarely took the time to fire back until The Blueprint 3.
“N*ggas are like why don’t you get at old boy/Why kill the puppet it leaves Gapeto alive/Why not wait to catch them all together this way you dig one big hole one time,” Jay said of the collective on “Dig A Hole.” “It’s like the disciples dissing Jesus becoming his rivals the one thing that they owe they life to.”
Dipset continued to fire back.
It doesn’t seem like the beef will ever truly end, especially since Jay seems to have said his piece on the matter. Given that the Roc deal seemed to pull Cam out of his pit of brokeassery, Jay might have a point with that whole disciples bit.
Cam has enough talent that he almost certainly would have made something happen, but there’s no guarantee that he would have got there if Jay and Dame didn’t sign him.
See the Interview
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