Purple Haze - Cam'ron
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  • Summary: Kanye West and Twista guest on the rapper's fourth disc.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Cam's flow is a thing of beauty.
  2. Purple Haze is such a twisted take on gangsta that it has to be heard to be believed.
  3. Once again, Cam proves why he is hip-hop's best guilty pleasure. [17 Dec 2004, p.84]
  4. Intricacy and economy rarely cohabitate in a rapper's flow, but Cam is a model of both, packing an obscene number of rhyming syllables into each line, and sustaining the effect for lengthy runs.
  5. Certainly confirms him as one of hip-hop's most gifted wordsmiths. [8 Jan 2005, p.45]
  6. Evenly divided between strong and weak tracks.
  7. Purple Haze lumbers drearily through a sea of gangsta-rap clich├ęs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. JayJ
    Feb 15, 2005
    10
    Cam is the hottest especially when w/ the dips. Purple Haze is fire hands down.
  2. jr2writer
    Apr 4, 2006
    10
    This album was a big statement and really you can say the calm before the storm because now Diplomatic Records is going to be straight killin em all theres just 2 much tallent enough said.... check out that Adrendiline Rush, Dipset Forever, Killa Cam, Harlem Streets, tha official The Dope Man, Down and Out w/ Kanye West, Take Em 2 Church. Expand
  3. Chronwell
    Feb 2, 2005
    9
    2005 Classic! Move bitch get out the way cuz I move pitch get out the Yay!
  4. BrannonM
    Apr 6, 2007
    7
    Pitchfork is officially retarded. "Cam's flow is a thing of beauty." Maybe for trying to get your two year old with nursery rhymes. This albums alright, the beats can be anywhere from spectacular to horse shit. Worth a download maybe. You'll probably delete two thirds of it though. Expand
  5. pelicaine
    Mar 6, 2006
    7
    Production: 7.75 Lyrics: 6 If Cam was more focused, he could be the thugged-rugged version of MF DOOM lyrically. He slings the multi-syllabic flow comfortably, but empty lyrics with redundant subject matter drove me bored midway. Decent beats save this release. Kanye-produced "Dip-Set Forever" is sonically the best final track. It would have been a great ending if he didn't choose to place that BS mixtape quality "Take 'Em To Church" last. It sounds like the dude produced the beat in 10 minutes. Un Kasa's four bars on that track outshines most of Cam's performance. And Jim Jones appearance embarrasses Cam on "The Dope Man". A high point though is that the skits are actually funny. This will be the lone Dipset-affiliated CD in a while. If you choose to purchase this CD, keep in mind that there will be disappoint on nearly every track. Expand
  6. Jan 20, 2012
    6
    cams deliverance here lacks the enthusiasm it had on his 1st 3 albums, which why alotta ppl (not including me) kina hate on him. regardless, hes still got a good rhyming scheme, and overall i gotta say it was a fun album. Expand