Cameron Giles, 4 February 1976, Harlem, New York City, New York, USA. This Harlem-based rapper was a highly talented teenage basketball player who took to the streets after failing to win a college scholarship. His rapping skills were to be his saviour, however, and by the mid-90s he was part of Sean Puffy Combs Bad Boy posse and collaborating with former basketball team-mate Ma$e as Killa Cam and Murder Ma$e in Children Of The Corn. Ma$e subsequently recommended his friend to Lance Riveras Epic-distributed Untertainment label. The newly named Camron gained his first US chart entry in 1998 with the Magnum P.I. -sampling 3-5-7, which was featured on the Woo soundtrack. He reunited with Ma$e on his breakthrough hit Horse & Carriage, which was followed by the US Top 10 debut Confessions Of Fire. Although never attaining the same heights as the hit singles, the albums mined the pop/rap formula to good effect with the production work of Darrell Digga Branch earning particular acclaim. The misguided follow-up S.D.E. (Sports, Drugs, and Entertainment) was a loosely autobiographical album featuring the minor hits Let Me Know (based around a sample of ABCs Monday Night Football theme) and What Means The World To You.
Camron relocated to Jay-Zs Roc-A-Fella label for his third release 2002s Come Home With Me, a release which did much to restore his reputation on the rap scene and generated the hit singles Oh Boy and Hey Ma. The following year he teamed up with his protégés Juelz Santana, Jim Jones and Freekey Zeekey under the Diplomats moniker, recording the Roc-A-Fella album Diplomatic Immunity. A second Diplomats album arrived in late 2004, shortly before the next instalment in Camrons solo career, Purple Haze.
The following year Camron joined the Warner Music Group and began work on a new album. On 23 October that year, he was shot three times in an attempted carjacking in Washington, D.C. His public slanging matches with Ma$e and Jay-Z also made the news. He returned to the charts in summer 2006 with Killa Season, the title of which was shared with a straight to video movie directed by the rapper.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.