The quintessential rap playboy, Harlem's Cam'ron helped define the sound and look of mid-2000s hip hop thanks to his massively influential solo work and that of his group the Diplomats a.k.a. Dipset. Casually bragging about his cars, ways with women, and pissing off PETA with his various furs ("Accessories, my closet's Pet Sematary," he touts on the Kanye West-produced hit "Down and Out" off 2004's classic Purple Haze), Cam'ron is a master of cocksure lyricism and undeterred swagger. Though things slowed for Killa Cam after a three-year hiatus from music to help his ailing mother, the recent team-up with Vado for Gunz and Butter promises he's not lost his vigor. Some high-profile guest spots and talk of a new Dipset album are putting Cam's name back in people's minds, but the fact that his lingo, flow patterning, and flamboyant fashion sense are still present in today's rap stars proves he never really left. With Greg Grease, Major G. 18+.
Wed., Feb. 6, 8 p.m., 2013

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