Cam’ron, a Harlem rapper, was shot in Washington, D.C. on October 23, 2005, during a failed carjacking. Cam was shot in both arms while waiting at a red light on his way home from a Howard Homecoming celebration, according to the Washington Post.
Cam, who was reportedly iced out in $200,000 worth of diamonds, managed to drive himself to Howard University Hospital in his blue Lamborghini Gallardo. When reporters confronted him outside the hospital after he was freed, he gave the now-famous quote.
I got shot three times and my album comes out Nov. 22. It was a sloppy job on their part. They didn’t get anything. I still got my car and my jewelry.
Who shot the Harlem rapper and why is still unknown, but Dame Dash claimed in an interview with SHOWTIME Basketball’s All The Smoke that Cam was targeted because of his role in the film Paid In Full. Cam played a drug enforcer named Rico who ended up giving information to the FBI to avoid serving a 25-year sentence.
Cam went through a lot, you know he got shot over that role in Washington. Yeah, that was over that. He’s never told his story, but there was times I hadn’t really realized what happened I was asking him to do another role once and he was like ‘yo bro I got shot over that role.’ There was a certain scene where he was like ‘I don’t wanna do that scene.’ So when I found out I felt a little responsible and I didn’t wanna put anybody in that position again. Cause people take this story really serious. So it has to be really done completely correctly.
Dame worked on the 2002 film as a producer and is currently working on a sequel. The roles of Cam’ron, Wood Harris, and Mekhi Phifer were partially inspired on Harlem hustlers Azie “AZ” Faison, Rich Porter, and Alpo Martinez. In January, Dame stated that Paid In Full 2 was in the works in Newark, New Jersey. Check out the full interview with Dame Dash below.
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