Hip-Hop Made: Cam'ron reveals it was Fat Joe who made him say, 'this Hip-Hop s*** is real'

'Fat Joe was the only one that I’d seen with a deal when I was in junior high school'
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Joining in on the celebration of 50 years of Hip-Hop, Harlem bred rapper Cam’ron shared the first song (or two) that made him fall in love with Hip-Hop, and a moment in his life that made him say “this is Hip-Hop.”

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“The first song I ever heard the made me fall in love with Hip-Hop was ‘AJ,’” talking about “AJ Scratch” and  “a song called ‘Basketball’ by Kurtis Blow. I was about five or six years old, but I was like… ‘I f***ing love this song,’ it’s called ‘AJ’ Kurtis Blow and ‘Basketball’… those two songs.”

As for that “this is Hip-Hop” moment, Cam’ron revealed it was “when I seen Fat Joe in my neighborhood.” He continued, “y’know you hear a lot of rappers and you see a lot of rappers, but when I was young Fat Joe was the only one that I’d seen with a deal when I was in junior high school. So it made me say, this Hip-Hop s*** is real."

“When I seen Fat Joe and he had the song ‘Flow Joe’ out, with the MPV, I’d seen him in my neighborhood,” he reiterated, “that was Hip-Hop.”

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Stay tuned as Audacy continues to celebrate the birth and trailblazing influence of Hip-Hop. Check out audacy.com/hiphopmade all through 2023 for more. And listen to your favorite music on Audacy's Hip Hop Made suite of stations, as well as Conscious Hip HopHip Hop UncutWomen of Hip Hop, and more -- plus check out our talent-hosted Ed Lover's Timeless Throwbacks and Greg Street's Dirty South Hip Hop!

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