Since Harlem's hip hop heavyweight Cam'ron linked with Vado to form The UN releasing two studio albums in 2010 and 2011, there has been much speculation of a potential reunion amongst Cam's original clique, The Diplomats, or Dipset, except the whereabouts of any such project is anyone's guess. Also questionable is another official studio LP by the one time Rocafella signee. 2014's 1st Of The Month Volume 1 EP is another of Cam's attempts to prove his relevance and maintain his presence in the rap game. His mix tapes, including 2013's Ghetto Heaven Vol. 1, never went anywhere, but this EP might be a sign of larger projects to come from the near rap legend. At five tracks long, 1st Of The Month Volume 1 has Cam'ron still proper and sharp with his careful, confident rhyme flow. The production is epic yet unlikely to find a place in the long term memories of the listeners. Some borrowed modernity in the beats seems unoriginal but remains a sign of the times. Cam delivers his trademark street, gangsta imagery and storytelling and even digs a little into his personal life, but the album lacks the types of fresh concepts that made some of his prior albums memorable in terms of style. The mere length of the album is cause to question its legitimacy, but truth be told, all the elements and aspects of the music here are strong enough to sustain a full length LP if more tracks were created. Cam keeps the guest list to a minimum and comes across hungry in ambition. He definitely has not fallen off. Cam'ron is still cool and cruel in his whole creative, artistic, musical aura, but the 1st Of The Month Volume 1 EP is only a little more than a stepping stone in his career.
July 14, 2014