Dipset leader Cam’ron has finally addressed the reasons behind his long absence from the spotlight by revealing his mother’s past health problems.
Cam spoke in an interview detailing his opportunity to take a negative situation and turning it into free publicity.
“I’m about to bring [hip-hop] back to life,” Cam said in an interview on Dipset Radio. “I’m about to bring a little air to it, a little CPR. No homo…What a lot of people don’t know is my mom had three strokes in one day, she was all paralyzed on the left side of her body. So what I had did was went down to Florida, Fort Lauderdale, for about a year and a half, get her in rehabilitation, get her walking again, making sure her health was right…there was so much ‘Where’s Cam’ron’ that I started using it towards my advantage…You can’t buy that kinda promotion…It was all about falling back and picking the right time…” (Dipset Radio)
He also released a music video for his new song “I Hate My Job” earlier this week.
“Ayo I’m looking for a job/Ain’t nobody hiring,” Cam rapped, “Then I asked the boss/When y’all doing firing/You I’m admiring/Nice job, family man, car and looking in these Want ads tiring/Shoulda been a fireman…I put on my pants/Put on my shoes/I prayed to God/Paid all my dues/I’m tryin’ to win/But it seems like I was born to lose…” (iHipHop)
Cam will also be featured in XXL Magazine‘s April issue addressing his relationship with distant Dipset member Jim Jones.
“It’s kinda messed up,” Cam said in the interview. “But what you gotta realize is that things can always be fixed behind the scenes. But once a problem gets public, it’s kind of unfixable…The two things that you could say it was is: The come to my house and try to start a fake beef between me and [Jim]…And the kinda siding with 50 [Cent] when me and him is in the dead middle of beefing or whatever.” (XXL Magazine)
His forthcoming album Crime Pays will follow-up 2006’s Killa Season.
Cam directed the straight-to-DVD film Killa Season and released an album of the same name. Message boards blew up right before the album’s release when his Jay-Z diss track, “You Gotta Love It,” began appearing on mixtapes, and Killa Season reached number two on the album charts. Despite these achievements, the album saw disappointing sales overall, and Cam’ron announced that he had been released from Asylum in late 2007. (All Music)
Crime Pays is slated to hit stores Tuesday, April 28.