Purple Haze

Purple Haze

by Cam'ronCam'ron


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Released within months of Jim Jones' On My Way to Church, the second volume of the Diplomats' Diplomatic Immunity, and another flurry of mixtapes, Cam'ron's fourth album ("Previously written in 2001," as announced in the intro) is evenly divided between strong and weak tracks. This lack of quality control will both provide ammo for Diplomat haters and frustrate Diplomat supporters, even if there's a durable 45-minute album in here somewhere. The backing track of "Girls," a feather-light translation of Cyndi Lauper's "Just Wanna Have Fun," belongs on a teen pop record -- it's such a folly that it makes you wonder if somebody dared Cam'ron to release it. "Harlem Streets" fares only a little better, with the theme from "Hill Street Blues" used to distracting and detracting effect -- perhaps the cues should've taken from Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's "Ill Street Blues" instead. On the other side, a pair of soul-steeped productions from Kanye West ("Down and Out," built on William Bell's "Strung Out") and the West-inspired Pop & Versatile ("Soap Opera," using Smokey Robinson's "Merry-Go-Round") help prop the album back up, and Heatmakerz's rallying "More Gangsta Music" features some of Juelz Santana's infectious youthful energy. Though it has been two years since Cam'ron's last solo album, there's so much Diplomat-affiliated material stuffing the racks that even the most devoted followers must be on the verge of overdosing on the crew's bewildering, nonsensical rhymes. "Cause I feed you well/Every sneaker, hell/You eat Louis, sh*t Gucci, breathe Chanel/Karl Lagerfeld, acting like Gargamel" wins the prize on this release. Inconsistencies and gratuitous running time be damned, a lot of rap fans will be happy just to have another Cam'ron album to devour. Fellow Diplomats JR Writer, Jim Jones, and Freeky Zekey make appearances, along with Twista and Jaheim.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2004
Label: Roc-A-Fella
UPC: 0602498616727
catalogNumber: 000272802
Rank: 7238

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cam'ron   Primary Artist,Rap
Dave Irving   Vocals
Mike Peters   Vocals
Jim Jones   Vocals
Jaconda "Ms" Blunt   Vocals
Latrice "Grease" Carter   Vocals
Sarah Hinds   Vocals
Steven "Opera Steve" Santiago   Vocals

Technical Credits

P.C. Bailey   Composer
Bobby Dixon   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Mike T.   Engineer
N. Napier   Composer
A. Noland   Composer
Mike Peters   Engineer
M. Pierce   Composer
Robert Sims   Art Direction
Roger   Composer
G.C. Green   Composer
Skitzo   Producer
S. Thomas   Composer
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
Charlemagne   Producer
Cam'ron   Producer,Executive Producer
Carlisle Young   Engineer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Kareem "Biggs" Burke   Executive Producer
Traxster   Producer
H. Charlemagne   Composer
M. Collins   Composer
J. Smith   Audio Production
P. Henton   Composer
C.C. Mitchell   Composer
Eric "Ebo" Butler   Engineer
Cameron Giles   Composer
Chad Hamilton   Producer,Audio Production
Heatmakerz   Producer,Audio Production
Ryan Press   Producer
Nasty Beatmakers   Producer,Audio Production
Milwaukee "Protools King" Buck   Engineer
Ty Tracks   Producer
LaRon James   Composer
Versatile   Producer
Ahmir Thompson   Composer
Antwan Thompson   Producer

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