IT WAS ON THIS DATE DEC 7, 2004 CAM’RON RELEASED HIS FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM PURPLE HAZE ON ROCK-A-FELLA RECORDS

Purple Haze is the fourth studio album by Harlem rapper Cam’ron. The album was released on December 7, 2004, by Diplomat Records, Roc-A-Fella Records and The Island Def Jam Music Group. The release of this album was delayed several times from November 2003, the first single “Get Em Girls” was released a year prior to the actual album release. The album debuted at number 20 on the Billboard 200 with 123,000 copies sold in its first week. The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Cam’ron has stated that he believes this is his best album.

Critical Reception

Purple Haze received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72, based on 7 reviews.[2]
David Drake of Stylus Magazine praised the album for its “bombastic production and surreal lyricism” and Cam’s “unique brand of idiosyncratic gangsta” being wildly engaging because of his absurd, poker-faced delivery, concluding that “Purple Haze is such a twisted take on gangsta that it has to be heard to be believed.”[9] Blender contributor Jonah Weiner noted how the production throughout the record moves between “aggressively insane (“Shake”)” to “adore pop (the Cyndi Lauper-interpolating “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”)” while Cam matches that balance with wordplay that’s “Missy gibberish swathed in 50 Cent menace,” concluding that he “writes pop hooks and avant-garde rhymes while staying as close to the streets as a manhole cover.”[4] Chris Ryan from Spin gave credit to Cam for tightening his signature flow, choosing quality and risk-worthy beats, and maintaining listener interest while delivering “Harlem symbolism and non-sensical muttering” throughout the album.[8] AllMusic editor Andy Kellman was mixed about the tracks on the record, finding “Girls” and “Harlem Streets” to be weak inclusions but praised the contributions from Kanye West (“Down and Out”), Pop & Versatile (“Soap Opera”) and the Heatmakerz (“More Gangsta Music”). He also commented that the “Diplomat-affiliated material” being released alongside it that year may cause their fanbase to suffer burnout from too much content.[3] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club commended the album for adopting the hyper-soul style of Roc-A-Fella’s sound throughout the track listing but criticized Cam’s lyric delivery for being similar to nursery rhymes, saying that it “lumbers drearily through a sea of gangsta-rap clichés.”[10]
Online music magazine Pitchfork placed Purple Haze at number 114 on their list of the Top 200 Albums of the 2000s. Pitchfork writer Sean Fennessey said, “Call this a personal project for a relentlessly distant artist; an asshole’s lament. Purple Haze is simultaneously a refined, perfectly A&R-ed follow-up and one of the most confusing, crude full-lengths ever.”[11]

Track listingEditNo.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length1.”Intro”

Cameron Giles

Dario Rodriguez

Skitzo2:102.”More Gangsta Music” (featuring Juelz Santana)

Giles

Gregory Green

Sean Thomas

LaRon James

Migel Collins

Paul A. Henton

Dave Richards

Bobby “Digital” Dixon

The Heatmakerz4:263.”Get Down”

Giles

Chad Hamilton

Marvin Gaye

Ivy Hunter

Chad Hamilton2:374.”Welcome to Purple Haze” (skit)GilesCam’ron1:155.”Killa Cam”

Giles

Green

Thomas

The Heatmakerz4:246.”Leave Me Alone, Pt. 2″

Giles

Johnny David Mollings

Leonardo V. Mollings

Jerry Goldsmith

Nasty Beat Makers4:027.”Down and Out” (featuring Kanye West and Syleena Johnson)

Giles

Kanye West

Fred Briggs

Kanye West

Brian “All Day” Miller

4:088.”Harlem Streets”

Giles

Ty Caldwell

Mike Post

Ty-Tracks3:419.”Rude Boy” (skit)GilesCam’ron1:2810.”Girls” (featuring Mona Lisa)

Giles

Henri Charlemagne

Robert Hazard

Charlemagne3:4311.”I’m a Chicken Head” (skit)GilesCam’ron1:2612.”Soap Opera”

Giles

Victor Babb

Frank Visosky

William “Smokey” Robinson

Pop & Versatile4:1013.”O.T.” (skit)GilesCam’ron0:2414.”Bubble Music”

Giles

Mike Miller

Lawrence Simpson

David Hinds

Stay Gettin’ Productions3:5115.”More Reasons” (featuring Jaheim)

Giles

Hamilton

Ryan Presson

Jaheim Hoagland

Maurice White

Philip Bailey

Charles Stepney

Hamilton4:3016.”The Block” (skit)GilesCam’ron0:4617.”The Dope Man” (featuring Jim Jones)

Giles

Dwayne Holmes

Jim Jones

Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner

Marshall “Rock” Jones

Ralph “Pee Wee” Middlebrooks

Walter “Junie” Morrison

Bruce Napier

Andrew Noland

Marvin “Merv” Pierce

Greg Webster

Bang3:2618.”Family Ties” (featuring Nicole Wray)

Giles

Rodriguez

Nicole Wray

Skitzo4:1719.”Adrenaline” (featuring Twista and Psycho Drama)

Giles

Samuel Lindley

Carl Mitchell

Jeffrey Robinson

The Legendary Traxster4:3920.”Hey Lady” (featuring Freekey Zekey)

Giles

Ezekiel Giles

Babb

Visosky

Larry Troutman

Roger Troutman

Pop & Versatile3:0721.”Shake” (featuring J.R. Writer)

Giles

Edward Hinson

Juan Rusty Brito

Self Service, Music Mystro3:2822.”Get ‘Em Girls”

Giles

Rodriguez

Skitzo4:2323.”Dip-Set Forever”

Giles

West

Lamont Dozier

Freddie Gorman

Brian Holland

Kanye West3:5424.”Take ‘Em to Church” (featuring Juelz Santana and Un Kasa)

Giles

Antwan Thompson

James

Antonio Wilder

Amadeus3:48
Sample credits

“More Gangsta Music” contains a sample of “Woman I Need You” by Sizzla.

“Get Down” contains a sample of “Life’s Opera” by Marvin Gaye.

“Leave Me Alone Pt. 2” contains a sample of “Bajo Fuego” by Jerry Goldsmith.

“Down And Out” contains a sample of “Strung Out” by William Bell & Mavis Staples.

“Harlem Streets” contains a sample of “Theme from Hill Street Blues” by Mike Post.

“Girls” contains a sample of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper.

“Soap Opera” contains a sample of “Merry-Go-Ride” by Smokey Robinson.

“Bubble Music” contains a sample of “Blues Dance Raid” by Steel Pulse.

“More Reasons” contains a sample of “Reasons” by Earth, Wind & Fire.

“The Dope Man” contains a sample of “Funky Worm” by Ohio Players.

“Hey Lady” contains a sample of “I Want to Be Your Man” by Roger Troutman.

“Get ‘Em Girls” contains a sample of “Carmina Burana – O Fortuna” by Carl Orff.

“Dip-Set Forever” contains a sample of “Forever” by Chuck Cissel.

PersonnelEdit
Credits for Purple Haze adapted from AllMusic.[12]

Cam’ron – executive producer

Kareem “Biggs” Burke – executive producer

Traxster – mixing

Tony Dawsey – mastering

Bang – producer

Carlisle Young – mixing

Charlemagne – producer

Eric “Ebo” Butler – mixing

Cam’ron – producer

Oluwaseye Olusa – photography

Kanye West – producer

Chad Hamilton – producer

Traxster – producer

The Heatmakerz – producer

Versatile – producer

Skitzo – producer

Ryan Press – producer

Duke Dagod – A&R

Nasty Beatmakers – producer

Stay Gettin’ productions – producer

Robert Sims – art direction

Antwan “Amadeus” Thompson – producer

Travis Cummings – artist coordination

Ty Tracks – producer

Jamel George – artist coordination

Monica Morrow – stylist

Shalik Berry – artist coordination

Mike Peters – vocals

Rick Patrick – creative director

Jim Jones – vocals

Juelz Santana – vocals

Mike T. – engineer

Jaconda “Ms” Blunt – vocals

Carlisle Young – engineer

Latrice “Grease” Carter – vocals

Eric “Ebo” Butler – engineer

Sarah Hinds – vocals

Mike Peters – engineer

Steven “Opera Steve” Santiago – vocals

Milwaukee “Protools King” Buck – engineer

Dave Irving – vocals

Damon Dash – executive producer

Charts

Weekly Charts

Year-end Charts

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Whitmire, Margo (December 15, 2004). “Ludacris Lights Up No. 1 With ‘Red Light'”Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  2. a b “Reviews for Purple Haze by Cam’ron”MetacriticCBS Interactive. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  3. a b Kellman, Andy. “Purple Haze – Cam’ron”AllMusic. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  4. a b Weiner, Jonah. “Cam’ron: Purple Haze”Blender. New York. Archived from the originalon August 15, 2004. Retrieved November 8,2017.
  5. ^ Dombal, Ryan (December 13, 2004). “Purple Haze”Entertainment Weekly. New York. Archived from the original on January 5, 2005. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  6. ^ “Cam’ron: Purple Haze”. NME. London: 45. January 8, 2005.
  7. ^ Breihan, Tom (January 26, 2005). “Cam’ron: Purple Haze”PitchforkArchived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved May 24,2014.
  8. a b Ryan, Chris (January 2005). “Cam’ron: Purple Haze”Spin. New York. 21 (1): 100–01. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  9. a b Drake, David (December 10, 2004). “Cam’ron – Purple Haze – Review”Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on December 31, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
  10. ^ Rabin, Nathan (January 17, 2005). “Purple Haze/R.U.L.E.” The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). “The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200–151”Pitchfork. Retrieved October 1, 2009.
  12. ^ “Purple Haze – Cam’ron | Credits”AllMusic. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  13. ^ “Cam’ron Chart History (Billboard 200)”Billboard. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  14. ^ “Cam’ron Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)”Billboard. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  15. ^ “Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums – 2005”Billboard. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  16. ^ “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 2005”Billboard. Retrieved September 21, 2020.

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