Cam'ron is the stage name of American rapper, actor and entrepreneur, Cameron Ezike Giles, who apart from having a successful solo career, is also known for his East Coast hip-hop group 'The Diplomats' (also 'Dipset') and as part of the duo 'U.N.' ('Us Now'). His pop-rap technique with confrontational and street-smart rhymes is often likened to that of Bad Boy Entertainment’s Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, and is appreciated by cult fans and mainstream music lovers alike. He rose fame with his third studio album, 'Come Home with Me', which included his highest charting Billboard single to date, 'Oh Boy', for which he also shared a 'Grammy' nomination with fellow Diplomats member Juelz Santana. He is currently working on his seventh studio album, 'Killa Season 2: The Pink Edition' and is scheduled to release an album from 'The Diplomats' as well. He has also worked as an actor, writer and director on the film 'Killa Season'.
- Cam'ron was born as Cameron Ezike Giles on February 4, 1976, in the Harlem neighborhood in New York City and was raised by his single mother Fredericka Giles. He attended the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, where he became friends with Mason "Mase" Betha and Jim Jones.
- He was developing into an All-City and All-American point guard alongside Mase, but failed to utilize scholarship opportunities from renowned colleges due to his poor academic grade. He did not graduate from school, and even though he had enrolled in Navarro Junior College in Texas, he soon dropped out and returned to Harlem, where he sold drug for a time.
- Cam'ron started his rapping career in the mid-1990s when he formed the underground rap group 'Children Of The Corn' with Big L, Mase, and his cousin, Bloodshed. However, after the sudden death of Bloodshed in a car accident on March 2, 1997, the other members of the group decided to disband and pursue solo careers.
- His friend, Mase, introduced him to The Notorious BIG, who was so impressed with him that he set up a meeting with his partner Lance "Un" Rivera and got him signed to his label, Untertainment. In July 1998, he released his debut album, 'Confessions of Fire’, which was certified gold by RIAA and contained hit singles like '3-5-7' and 'Horse and Carriage'.
- He collaborated with music executive, Tommy Mottola, to release his second album, 'S.D.E. (Sports Drugs & Entertainment)', from Sony/Epic Records, in 2000. The album, featuring artists like Destiny's Child, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, N.O.R.E., and producer Digga, reached No.2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with tracks like 'Let Me Know' and 'What Means The World To You'.
- In 2001, his hip-hop group 'The Diplomats', which he had founded with Jim Jones in 1997, signed a deal with Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records, which was co-founded and managed by his childhood friend Damon Dash.
- In 2002, he released his third album, 'Come Home with Me', which contained the hit singles 'Oh Boy' and 'Hey Ma', featuring the newest member of the group, Juelz Santana.
- He was cast as one of the three main characters in the Damon Dash-produced film, 'Paid in Full', released in 2002.
- In 2003, along with fellow Diplomats members Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Freekey Zeeky, he released their debut album, 'Diplomatic Immunity', featuring lead single 'Dipset Anthem' and the street anthem 'I Really Mean It'.
- The next year, the group released their second album, 'Diplomatic Immunity 2', which was a moderate success and was able to receive gold certification like its predecessor. Cam'ron, who became known as the pink-purple rapper during this time for his affinity to those colors, released the album 'Purple Haze' to critical acclaim in December 2004.
- He felt that his last album was not promoted properly and left Roc-A-Fella Records in 2005 to sign a record deal with Warner Music Group. His first album from the label, 'Killa Season', was released on May 16, 2006, and was accompanied by his film of the same name, which he also wrote, directed and starred in.
- His next album, 'Crime Pays', was released on Asylum/Diplomat Records in 2009, but became the lowest selling album of his career with only about 150,000 units sold. While none of the singles reached the charts, the album peaked at No.3 on the 'Billboard 200'.
- In 2009, he founded the record label 'Dipset West' and formed the group U.N. with rapper Vado, with whom he released the collaborative albums 'Heat in Here Vol. 1' (2010) and 'Gunz n' Butta (2011). During this time, he also ended his feud with Jim Jones and reunited with other Diplomats members to work on new singles together, even though a full album is long due.
- In 2012, he featured on the song 'The Bluff' from rapper/singer Wiz Khalifa's second studio album 'O.N.I.F.C.' and on 'I Am Your Leader' from female rapper/singer Nicki Minaj's second studio album 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded'.
- In 2014, he teamed up with A-Trak for the collaborative EP 'Federal Reserve', the lead single from which, 'Dipshts', was released in May.
- Cam'ron, who has a fashion clothing line titled 'Dipset USA', collaborated with fashion designer Mark McNairy on their 'Cape line' in early 2014, and released 'Ebola mask' in October that year.
- In the past few years, he has released six volumes of his '1st of the Month' EP series, and is working on his upcoming seventh studio album 'Killa Season 2: The Pink Edition'.
- Cam'ron's 2002 album 'Come Home with Me', produced by Just Blaze, Kanye West and The Heatmakerz, and featuring artist like Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, and Memphis Bleek, is his most successful album to date. The album received platinum status and peaked at No.2 on the 'Billboard 200' and reached the top of the 'Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums' charts.
- Cam'ron has been nominated for the 'Grammy' awards twice in 2002 and 2003. He shared the 'Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group' nomination with Juelz Santana for 'Oh Boy' and 'Dipset (Santana's Town)'.
- Following the release of his fifth studio album, 'Killa Season', Cam'ron took a hiatus of three years due to his mother's health and took her to Florida for rehabilitation and therapy. He stayed with his mother till she recovered after suffering three strokes which had left her paralyzed on her left side.
- He met 'Love & Hip Hop' star Juliet “Juju” C. in 2002, and though they started out as friends, they eventually became involved in a long-term romantic relationship. However, in November 2017, the couple decided to call it quits apparently because of Cam’ron’s alleged relationship with another woman.
- Over the course of his career, Cam'ron has had feuds with several renowned artists, such as Jay Z, 50 Cent, Kanye West and even had beefs with his childhood friends Mase and Jim Jones. Most notable of these was his feud with Jay-Z which came to public attention following the release of his disc-track, 'You Gotta Love It'.
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