Cam'ron on Camera: Cam's 5 Most Memorable On-Screen Moments
Tonight at S.O.B.'s, one of Harlem's favorite sons, Cam'ron, takes the stage to remind us all why, for almost two decades, he's been one of hip-hop's most endearing personalities. But along with all of his quotable verses and unforgettable Cam-isms on record, he's given us some moments in front of the camera that have become just as legendary. While you prep for tonight's show by assembling a petition to get Criterion to release Killa Season on BluRay, we've put together Killa Cam's five best moments in front of the Killa Camera.
Paid in Full 2002
Starting things off we have Cam'ron's breakout role as Rico in the Roc-A-Fella film Paid in Full. Alongside Mehki Phifer and Wood Harris, the overall quality of the film separated it from any number of direct-to-DVD rap projects, allowing Cam to flex his on-screen charisma and show some legit nuance in his performance. From flashy to callous, it put Cam head and should above most of his contemporaries. It's also interesting to note that the real life person Harris' character is based on recorded a single back in '91 about the same events called "What's Going On, Black?"
"The O'Reilly Factor" 2003
Slightly less finessed but just as exhilarating is Cam's 2003 visit to Bill O'Reilly on "The O'Reilly Factor." The conservative Fox News pundit was at the height of his popularity, and frequently found himself perpetuating a veritable war on hip-hop. To settle the debate as to whether the music was a danger to children or not, O'Reilly invited Cam, Roc-A-Fella CEO Damon Dash and elementary school principal Salome Thomas-El for a discussion on if rappers have a responsibility to be role models. Of course, Cam's nonchalant sparring with O'Reilly wound up becoming the stuff of legends, leading to a decade of memes as well as birthing and popularizing saying "U MAD?" Advantage: Cam.