Release Date: Apr 19, 2011
Record label: E One
Genre(s): Rap, East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap
Cam'ron's debut album, Confessions of Fire, turns 13 this year. His commercial appeal and creative verve have dimmed over the years, but he's still an enormously influential figure; it's tough to imagine, say, how Lil Wayne might sound if Cam hadn't paved the way for gangsta rappers who pile up left-turn lyrical absurdities with audible glee. Given all his years in the game, his cult-favorite status, and his impact on the genre, it'd make a whole lot of sense for Cam'ron to do what most older rappers do: call in guest-verse favors and play the mature, reflective elder statesman.
For returning Cam’ron and Diplomats fans who don’t mind a little bumpy with their ride, Gunz n' Butta is the casual collaboration album done right. That’s really saying something, since this collection of mixtape tracks and new numbers was originally promised as the inaugural release of Killa Cam’s post-Diplomats crew, the U. N.
It’s a credit to Cam’ron’s artistic ingenuity that’s he’s been able to stay as relevant and exciting as he has even amid controversy. Many feared that the Dipset don’s extended disappearance in 2007 would be the death knoll of his career, but now, four years, three mixtapes, two albums and one Diplomats reunion later, Killa is back and better than ever. This time around, Cam has brought his Harlem partner Vado into the mix to deliver their oft-delayed Gunz N Butta LP, courtesy of E1 Entertainment.
CAM’RON & VADO “Gunz N’ Butta” (E1). JIM JONES.