Cam’ron, whose official name is Cameron Ezike Giles, is an American record label executive and rapper who began his career in the mid-1990s. Over the years, he has become an icon through his legendary rap songs. The 45-year-old is a multi-talented individual who has released both single rap music and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Below is a list of ten things that most people probably do not know about him.
10. He was Shot in 2005
He was shot on October 23, 2005, while driving his Lamborghini. He had just left a nightclub and had stopped at a traffic light in Washington DC when a passenger in a car that had stopped next to his threatened him and asked him to “give up” his car. He resisted and the man shot him once. He managed he drive off while flashing his lights until he came across a fan who drove him to the Howard University Hospital. Although the gunman drove off, crashed into a parked car, and fled the scene, he was tracked using a phone that had been abandoned at the scene.
9. He had a Hip-Hop Based Feud with 50 Cent
Cam’ron and 50 Cent had a feud that began in 2007 and ended in 2011. The feud began when 50 Cent was interviewed at Hot 97 FM and stated that he could shut down any project that had been produced under the Cam’s label. Cam’ron, later on, mocked 50 by releasing a song with his government name as the title. The feud ended in 2011 after Cam’ron confirmed that the two had resolved the issues between them and that everything was good.
8. He Owned a Liquor Store with His Mother
He owned a Bronx liquor store with his mother in the late 1990s. In an interview published on the Complex website, Jim Jones stated that he met Cam’ron and his mother when he was 13 years old. He also stated that Cam’ron and his mother owned a liquor store while he recalled the events that characterized his music collaboration with Cam’ron
7. He Quit Drinking Alcohol in 2000
Cam’ron stopped drinking alcohol in 2000 for health reason. He had been diagnosed with a hernia and an ulcer, which impacted his health negatively. He was in the hospital for a short while during the time that he was diagnosed with a hernia and had lost some weight. He also made several references in his music about having stomach issues and losing weight. He demonstrated his commitment to avoid drinking in a “Drink Champ” interview, where he was the only person who did not drink alcohol during the interview.
6. He is an Actor
Aside from being a rapper and a music producer, Cam’ron is also an actor. He appeared in the film, “Paid in Full,” which was released in 2002. He plays the character of Rico in the film, which was based on a real-life story of the famous drug lords (Rich Porter, Alpo, and AZ), who are recognized as the 1980s Harlem drug dealers. He was one of the three main characters in the film. Although the film was not a hit when it was first released and brought in 3.1 million while was almost half of the 7 million spent on its production, it captured the effects of the seductive spotlight of fame and money perfectly.
5. He Ventured in the Fashion Industry
Cam’ron worked with the fashion designer Mark McNairy in February 2014. They revealed their “Cape line” in 2014, during the New York Fashion Week. Aside from that, he also revealed a fashion line of “Ebola masks” on October 20, 2014, at a time when the number of Ebola cases reported in the US had increased and the public had been cautioned about protective measures that they should take to reduce their risks of transmission. Aside from that, he has a clothing line titled “Dipset USA” that was based on his former label “Diplomat Records.”
4. His Long-Term Girlfriend Died in 2019
Cam’ron long-term girlfriend died in 2019 after suffering a heart attack. They had been dating in the past and had gotten back in 2017. In a tribute to his girlfriend, which was posted on Instagram, Cam’ron wrote a heartfelt message on how the one and a half year period that he spent with Tawasa Harris, his deceased girlfriend, were the best time of his life. He admitted that losing her hit him hard when he went public with the news of their relationship and her death.
3. He has a Perfume named “Go Boy” which was based on his biggest hit
Cam’ron released the fragrance “Go Boy,” which had initially been named “Oh Boy,” after his biggest hit song “Oh Boy.” He released the masculine fragrance in 2002 after he released the song “Oh Boy,” which was part of the “Come Home with Me” album. Cam’ron also used his song “Oh Boy” to promote his perfume and before the perfume was available in stores. His release of the fragrance after the music depicts him as a strategic entrepreneur.
2. He is Working on a Documentary
Cam’ron is currently working on a documentary that shows the part of Harlem where he lived when he was young. In a “Drink Champs” interview, Cam’ron revealed that he was “in the middle” of putting together the documentary, which will highlight notable personalities from the late 1970s and early 1980s that shaped his personality and life. Although he did not reveal the exact date when the documentary will be revealed, his description of it suggested that it would be a biography kind of documentary focused on his childhood life.
1. He is Athletic
Cam’ron was a promising basketball player while he was in high school. He used to play with his long-term friend Mason Durell Betha (Mase) and lost the opportunity for a basketball scholarship because of poor academic performance. Although he lost the opportunity to play basketball professionally, he still loves the game.
Cam’ron is a multi-talented man who is renowned for his music career as a hip-hop rapper. He has released several hit songs, a masculine fragrance based on one of his songs, and a clothing line. Additionally, he has also shown his interest in acting and the film industry through his role in “Paid in Full” and his upcoming documentary.