Cam’ron continues to highlight his time as a child prodigy turned Harlem legend. After a video resurfaced of a younger Cam freestyling inside of a New York home, Cam posted the footage on Instagram Saturday (August 13), adding even more context to the archival footage.
“Before DIPSET IT WAS BBO then COC!!!” he began the caption. “This is footage is In ST Nick PJ’s, These are the bars u get when u spar with @rsvpmase #BigL #BloodShed and @therealherbmcgruff (in a good way) every week. Still wasn’t taking rap serious tho. This was a month after I got kicked out of college. Still thought I was going to the NBA. So I got a 8 ball to hold me over till I got back into school. Never went back tho. I’ll post part 2 on Monday!!”
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The footage, dated March 10, 1995, finds Cam around 19 years old, three years before he released his debut single “Horse & Carriage” alongside Ma$e. The BBO Crew was originally a group of Harlem friends who played basketball together and hung out, eventually building into Children of the Corn, a Harlem supergroup consisting of Ma$e, Cam, Big L and Bloodshed. Tragically, Bloodshed passed away following a car crash in 1997 and the group disbanded.
The trip down Harlem memory lane is the latest for Cam who has routinely looked back on his time growing up with fondness. In June, the rapper detailed his time growing up hooping in Harlem, much to the chagrin of his 21-year-old son Derek. In a video recorded by the younger Giles, Cam hysterically explains how he used to be one of the best hoopers in the city, particularly in West Harlem.
“I used to bust n-ggas asses,” Cam’ron said in the clip. “You don’t even know your father was the nicest n-gga on the court, but soon as we left there, we went to Grant’s Tomb every Thursday. It was wild bitches at Grant’s Tomb, like super… mad bitches. So we would get fresh. You know about Grant’s Tomb, right? The fuck you don’t know about Grant’s Tomb? You bugging.”[via]