News: Cam'ron Credits Jay-Z For Saving NY Rap, "He Just Sold 530,000, So It's Still Looking Good" [Video]
Friday, Dec 25, 2009 8:30AM
Dipset leader Cam'ron recently spoke about the state of New York rap and why, despite differences in the past, he maintains a certain level of respect for Jay-Z's music contributions.
Crediting Hov's Blueprint III record sales, Killa said music from the Big Apple is still able to thrive.
"Jay-Z done made it look real good," Cam said in an interview. "Jay-Z just sold 530,000 so it's still looking good. Whenever there's ever anybody out in New York still doing over half a million in a week, it's still available. I don't really f*ck with Jay but I got mad respect for anybody who makes money and anybody who still sells that much records after having a lot of albums out. Jay-Z really definitely did help out New York a lot." (Hip Hop Beef)
Cam previously said he respected Jay's hustle and work ethic as a businessman.
"I ain't got no problems with Jay-Z. On the real, I don't even f*ck with Jay-Z, but I got mad respect for the n*gga. Anybody who make money, got a million dollars to their name, I respect anybody who make money. I respect MC Hammer when Hammer was getting money. Personally? I don't really know the n*gga, I f*cked with Dame [Dash] and Biggs. But I ain't got no problems." (Sub 0 DVD)
Speaking with hip-hop personality Miss Info last winter, the rapper dished out the motivation behind his most publicized rap battles.
"I'm not making up fake, imaginary beefs," Cam said. "I'm not just jumping out for beef for no reason. When I went at Jay-Z, it was a lot of inside stuff that went on at Roc-A-Fella that we don't need to go in to...There's been a lot of times that I been wanting to do something but couldn't because of Dame [Dash]." (Miss Info)
Cam's issues with Jay reportedly began prior to the release of his Roc-A-Fella Records debut after a dispute over a record.
"F*cking Kanye [West] sells us a few beats, we watching the 'BET Awards,'" Jim Jones said in a video. "Jay-Z's about to perform his new single and he gets up there and its the beat we bought from Kanye which would now be 'H to the Izzo.' So now we steaming...Just Blaze blazed the 'Oh Boy' beat. We took that [from Jay-Z], that was ours. Strong arm, good lookin' Just Blaze." (King Mag)
Check out Cam'ron speaking on Jay-Z below: