- Released: July 21, 1998
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Vibe - 9/98, p.297
"...Cam's glamour stems from his ability to lend charismatic quaintness to his clever verbals....Cam's debut is captivating throughout..."
The Source - 8/98, pp.168, 1704 Mics (out of 5)
- "...Cam'Ron's a television junkie who sprinkles his music with more old T.V. references than Nick at Nite....Killa Cam's ability to bear his soul without sacrificing his sense of humor separates him from the norm..."
Personnel includes: Cam'Ron, Mase, Noreaga, Jermaine Dupri, Charli Baltimore (rap vocals); Kelly Price, Usher (vocals); Kenny Greene, Brotha.
Producers include: Darrell "Digga" Branch, Swizz Beatz, Tone & Poke.
Engineers include: Tony Black, Ted Wohlsen, Brian Frye.
In 1998, the likes of Mase and Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz officially put uptown (technically the Bronx and Harlem, NYC) back on the map. Introducing Cam'Ron, the first MC on Untertainment Records, one of the newest heavyweight hip-hop labels. With his debut album, CONFESSIONS OF FIRE, Cam'ron shows off his versatile skills, mastering a commercial yet street sound.
Songs like "357" and "Horse & Carriage" (which features Cam's close friend Mase) are definite club and radio bangers. Other joints, such as the lesson-teaching "D Rugs" and the touching "Prophecy," play with your mind, forcing listeners to think. With the secret lovers-themed "Wrong Ones," Cam'ron reveals his storytelling persona. And, of course, Cam'ron rounds out the album with hardcore cuts like "Glory" and "A Pimp's A Pimp."