While there are some pop qualities infused into Cam'ron's 1st Of The Month Volume 2 EP, there are still some hard moments on the album. At five tracks and no fillers, the album sees Cam'ron taking just enough time to serve his purposes. The opener "Sweetest" sets a serious tone with Cam mourning his fallen compadres and revisiting his troubled past in other ways. "Lala" continues to examine Cam's sordid history like the first track but feels almost celebratory with the bright, upbeat piano on the beat. Cam'ron is poignant in these two cuts but also seems to be looking back fondly on the adventures of escaping the perils of his youth. More soulful sounds greet the ears on "Soulplane" with its beat filled with high pitched soul singing and light strings. On this song, Cam spends the first half or so discussing his relationship intimacies and devotes the rest to his trademark street raps. Nicki Minaj and a very feminine sounding Yummy both hop on the candy coated "So Bad" with its poppy piano and claps, about a soured relationship that should have lasted longer. Finally there is the "CFWU" finale that features Jim Jones and Hell Rell as guests. It's a hardcore track of overwhelming manpower with strong, cinematic horns and a droning bass line for the beat. Cam should be applauded once again for his crafty lyricism, but their effects tend to get overshadowed by the pomp and flash of the beats. 1st Of The Month Volume 2 is great for Cam'ron lovers and pretty good for hip hop heads.
August 5, 2014