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1 January, 2002@12:00 am

Ever since his 1998 debut, Confessions Of Fire, Cam’ron’s relationship with his former label, Epic, has been sketchy at best. Though both of Cam’s releases on Epic went Gold, his claims of mismanagement are not entirely unfounded, as radio-friendly singles came (“Horse & Carriage”) and went (“What Means The World To You”) without being fully capitalized upon. Things worsened after Cam’s sophomore LP, S.D.E. (Sex, Drugs & Entertainment), went ghetto gold (bootlegged) months before the LP’s proper release date. Unsatisfied with Epic’s inability to properly market him, Cam launched a grass-roots campaign (including rumors of harassing Epic employees) for his release, which eventually spawned his deal to become the latest member of the Roc-La-Famila.

The new alliegience has undeniably resulted in a healthier outlook for Cam with his Roc-A-Fella debut Come Home With Me. Not only does his deal with the Roc result in automatic collaborations with Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, and Memphis Bleek, it also gives Cam access to the Roc’s hidden treasures— Kanye West, Ty Fyffe, and D/R Period. Just Blaze’s imprint is immediately etched over the LP with the breakout smash “Oh Boy” and that buzz promises to last throughout the summer with follow-up’s “Welcome To New York City” f/ Juelz Santana and Jay-Z and “Dead Or Alive” f/ Jimmy Jones.

Unfortunately, follow-up singles are probably all Come Home With Me has left, as the majority of the album is carried not by the lyrics of Cam, but by the Roc’s all-star production team. Also, it is obvious that there is a rushed aspect to Come Home With Me, as Cam only carries two tracks by himself and in order to capitalize on the buzz surrounding his move to Roc-A-Fella, Cam hastily tries to re-work (“Live My Life”) 2Pac’s “Ambitionz Az A Ridah”, which includes a horribly crooned hook by Daz Dillinger and “Come Home With Me” snatches the beat from a Ghostface Killah interlude.

The majority of the tracks on Come Home With Me were recorded before Cam jumped ship and that may explain why there is such a heavy reliance on Juelz Santana and the rest of the Diplomats. However, in the future Cam needs to give his crew less love and handle Blaze and Kayne’s production for ‘delf.

  Mixtape D.L.
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