Cam’ron’s career reached its zenith with Purple mist. Take it from the man himself, who regularly calls him his best album. And with good reason: Purple mist He fully realized the joy of Cam’s idiosyncratic humor, his Dadaist impulses and his couture fantasies. A decade and a half after its launch, it remains the purest distillation of the polychromatic vision of the Harlem rapper.
Can Cam’ron cut it to that level? Its production has slowed down, and its last big departure was in the sad Dipset record of 2018 Diplomatic ties. Sure, Cam has spoken a Purple mist sequel for years, but it is not irrational to wonder if the 43-year-old has just stamped the title on these 16 tracks to arouse interest in his new music. Do not fear-Purple haze 2 It is very forged in the spirit of the original. Resuscitating a New York hip-hop chapter of the mid-2000s, built from heavily rolled samples and a reduced emphasis on bass, the album has little interest in pursuing modern rap trends. And although there is no need for a laryngologist to say that Cam’s voice has swelled over the years, his flow finds a smooth pocket and his writing is as solid as it has been in years.
Cam works hard to evoke the spirit of his work from the opening bell. Long-time collaborators, the Heatmakerz build “Toast to Me” around a vocal loop and loud drums while the star allows its knotty writing style and unlimited references to go crazy. Here, Cam pays tribute to Harlem Rich Porter’s thug, compares his driveway with the Golden State Warriors championship race because his cars sit “side by side” and criticizes the American health system (“Doctors , sure, no, they may not allow you all that. Someday you’ll be coughing, next week you’ll be in a coffin, Jack. ”) If nothing else, Purple haze 2 It shows that Cam’ron’s brain still doesn’t work like any other rapper’s.
As has often been the case in recent years, Cam’s lyrics are more inclined towards the autobiographical than the surreal. It’s fun to hear him remember his appearance in 2003 in The O’Reilly factor and cheerful teasing of “I messed you doggy” from your host. But more revealing are his reflections on his first years of life. On the nostalgic piano chords of “Losin ‘Weight 3”, Cam revisits himself when he was 14 years old and was determined to buy a washing machine for his grandmother. When local drug dealers who admire his basketball skills refuse to recruit him for his operation, Cam and a friend steal a couple at gunpoint and lie to their grandmother that the new device comes from money earned on the court . It is the classic camera, flooded with rich details and three-dimensional characters. When he remembers growing up with the late Big L and “the guy supposedly killed him” in “This Is My City,” his famous strict rules about the snitch force him to recognize: “When the time is right, I’ll tell you about these villains. “It is a reminder that, even after all these years, there is still much of Cam’ron’s history that we don’t know.
However, if the original Purple mist It is the creative spirit that drives this album, it is also the standard with which it will inevitably be compared. The chasm between the two is evident: instead of “The Dope Man,” Cam’s brilliant reimagining on the east coast of the NWA ode to a drug dealer, we make him rap without imagination about the familiar sounds of “All Night Long “by Mary Jane Girls in” Keep Rising. ” There is no single potential to match “Down and Out,” the best Kanye West beat of 2004 that Ye didn’t put University dropout. The guest places of Dipset are lost, with only Jim Jones making a late appearance in “Straight Harlem”, and strangely for one of the funniest parody creators of all time, there are zero parodies. But it doesn’t matter these complaints. While it is no match for the original, Purple haze 2 Cam’ron still gives us in his most natural and accessible way, rapping for the joy of the form.