September 19, 2016

Cam'ron "S.D.E." (The Source, 2000)

"If you don't catch Cam'Ron on 125th Street up in Harlem, you're sure to find a bootlegged copy of his album. Basically the streets wanted Cam. See, ever since the shake-up at his original record label (Untertainment Records), his sophomore LP, S.D.E. (Sports, Drugs, & Entertainment) was put on hold for over a year, and now that the smoke has cleared, Killa Cam is ready to ride once again - without the carriage slowing him up. From jump, it's obvious that Cam is more comfortable with his verbal acrobatics these days. He vividly flips scenes on tracks like "My Hood" and "Losin' Weight," a track where he and Prodigy (Mobb Deep) break down street life. He spits, "I'm from a cocaine block / With some plain-clothes cops / And the sun don't rise / But the rain don't stop / Ain't no lockouts / The game don't stop / Every month you change your locks / Change yo' spots." 

"Then, there's the Nore-assisted "F You At," which should have every thug-recruit screamin' on schemin' at the club. And if that isn't enough to grab the attention of the street inhabitant, there's always "Violence," a bouncy organ-induced track with an appearance by Mr. Trouble himself, Ol' Dirty. Not only does Cam hold his own, but Dirty's performance is classic. Cam'Ron proves that he's versatile with different flavors on S.D.E. He keeps his Dirty South patrons satisfied with the uptempo "What Means The." And he doesn't forget about his R&B fiends, who will be pleased with the '70s funk-inspired "Freak," featuring Ruff Endz. While this album has many sounds, its big flaw is the overuse of Digga's production (12 joints). It all starts to sound too similar after listening to a couple of cuts. Not to worry though: Harlem's beloved son delivers with lyrical lightning on every beat and has enough start quality to pull out another winner well deserving of some shine." - The Source. Video to the lead single, "Let Me Know," above and a copy of the full review is below...