Cam’ronis no stranger to stirring up trouble, and he makes a splash on The Diplomats‘ reunion album, Diplomatic Ties, by taking aim at his former labelmate Kanye West. On The Heatmakerz-produced opening track, “Intro: Stay Down,”the Harlem rapper seemingly calls out the G.O.O.D. Music founder’s mental health issues and support of President Trump.
On his verse, Cam says that he has warned Dame Dashabout Kanye being a fairweather friend:
Dame Dash my man, he shootin’ then I’m buckin’ with him
They shootin’ at us? Shit, I’m duckin’ with him
But I had to be firm and tell ‘em that
Kanye only fuck wit’chu when no one else is fuckin’ with him
He continues by downplaying Kanye’s recently revealed bipolar disorder diagnosis:
He told me he was bipolar
I looked and said, “Bipolar?”
Don’t be ridiculous, he wasn’t in the mix with us
From there, Cam calls Kanye a tourist and closes out the verse by seemingly criticizing the Chicago rapper for supporting President Trump:
He didn’t take the risk with us
Ain’t boil a coffee pot, ain’t open the barber shop
Where we sold hydro at, where we pissed off the cops
The ones in the Taurus, nigga, he a tourist
Uncle Tom nigga know nothin’ ‘bout this chorus
Kanye and Cam have a long history as collaborators. Back in 2002, Kanye produced “Dead or Alive”on Cam’s Roc-A-Fella Records debut, Come Home With Me, and followed up the next year by contributing the beat for “Un Casa”from The Diplomats’ first studio album, Diplomatic Immunity. In 2004, Kanye handled the production on a pair of tracks from Cam’s Purple Hazealbum, “Down and Out,”and “Dip-Set Forever.”
Cam returned the favor one year later with a memorable verse on Kanye’s Late Registrationcloser, “Gone,”and in late 2010, the Dipset rapper appeared on the G.O.O.D. Fridays track, “Christmas in Harlem.”
Last year, Cam took shots at Kanye on “Coleslaw”by referencing his lengthy concert rantthat called out JAY-Z. After making light of Kanye’s mental health issues, Cam also encourages the Windy City native to stand by his words:
Kanye got on stage, what he do? Played Jay-Z out
What he do next? Check into the crazy house?
Fuck that you made a living talking greazy
Besides that, man, you Yeezy with the Yeezy’s
Be yourself, you ain’t gotta go AWOL
And fuck that ‘Ye, I been this way since yay tall
If you regret it then dead but if you said it, you said it
You meant what you said, can’t tell me forgive and forget it
This is likely because of Cam’s own feud with JAY-Z, which came to a head after Dame Dash was bought out of Roc-A-Fella Records and Rocawearin 2004 and 2005. Cam previously called out Jay on his Killa Seasontrack, “You Gotta Love It,”rapping:
First, you stole Roc-A-Fella from Dame
Second, you stole Kanye from Dame
Third, you stole Rocawear from Dame
Last Thanksgiving weekend, Cam’ron was embroiled in the latest round of his longtime beefwith his former best friend, Ma$e. It seems like the Harlem MC likes to stir the pot on the U.S. holiday.
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