Crime Pays (Diplomatic Man/Asylum)

CD Review: Cam'ron 

Crime Pays (Diplomatic Man/Asylum)

Cam'ron has spent most of the three years since his last album beefing with hip-hop heavyweights like Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Jim Jones. That may explain why Crime Pays sounds so dated. Since he's pretty much excluded from rap's elite clubhouse these days, maybe he didn't get the memo that gangsta themes, sex rhymes, painfully unfunny skits and filling nearly every minute of a CD is so 2002. The Harlem rapper still has a commanding flow, but when it's applied to worn-out cuts like "Who" (all about Cam making money) and "You Know What's Up" (all about Cam "fucking bitches"), it hardly matters. It doesn't help that many of the beats are as stale as Cam's rhymes. There's one bright spot: "My Job," a timely discourse on dead-end nine-to-fives. Maybe he owns a calendar after all. — Gallucci

Latest in CD Reviews

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Staff Pick Events

From the Archives

Site Search

Facebook Activity

© 2014 Cleveland Scene: 1468 West Ninth Street, Suite 805, Cleveland, OH 44113, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation