Purple Haze


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Purple Haze Review

by Andy Kellman

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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Cam'ron 02:10 Amazon
2 Cam'ron feat: Juelz Santana 04:26 SpotifyAmazon
3 Cam'ron 02:37 SpotifyAmazon
4 Cam'ron 01:15 SpotifyAmazon
5 Cam'ron 04:24
6 Cam'ron 04:02 SpotifyAmazon
7 Cam'ron feat: Syleena Johnson / Kanye West 04:08 SpotifyAmazon
8 Cam'ron 03:41 SpotifyAmazon
9 Cam'ron 01:28 SpotifyAmazon
10 Cam'ron feat: Jim Jones / Mona Lisa 03:27 SpotifyAmazon
11 Cam'ron 01:26 SpotifyAmazon
12 Cam'ron 04:10 SpotifyAmazon
13 Cam'ron 00:24 SpotifyAmazon
14 Cam'ron 03:51 SpotifyAmazon
15 Cam'ron feat: Jaheim / Jahiem 04:30 Amazon
16 Cam'ron 00:46 SpotifyAmazon
17 Cam'ron feat: Jim Jones 03:26 SpotifyAmazon
18 Cam'ron feat: Nicole Wray 04:17 SpotifyAmazon
19 Cam'ron feat: Psychodrama / Twista 04:39 Amazon
20 Cam'ron feat: Freekey Zekey 03:07 SpotifyAmazon
21 Cam'ron feat: JR Writer 03:28 SpotifyAmazon
22 Cam'ron 04:23
23 Cam'ron 03:54 SpotifyAmazon
24 Cam'ron feat: Juelz Santana / Unkasa 03:48 SpotifyAmazon
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