Cam'ron Talks 'The Program' Mixtapes & '10,000 Miles' Film, Shares Updates for 'Killa Season 2' & 'Purple Haze 2' Albums

Cam'ron performs as Reebok Classic and Footaction host a star-studded concert with Cam'ron, Teyana Taylor and Curren$y on Feb. 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Cam'ron performs as Reebok Classic and Footaction host a star-studded concert with Cam'ron, Teyana Taylor and Curren$y on Feb. 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Despite hailing from Harlem, Cam'ron's classic tracks like 2002's "Oh Boy," "Hey Ma" and 2005's Kanye West-assisted "Down and Out" rang out in the middle of New Orleans' Bourbon Street at Reebok's "Classics in the Courtyard" pop-up shop during NBA All-Star Weekend.

Rocking a red Diplomats robe, shades and his Club C kicks, the New York rep (also known as Killa Cam) wrapped a balcony-side set that also featured performances from fellow Reebok ambassadors Curren$y, Teyana Taylor and an intro from a live marching band.

Beyond his NOLA show, Cam'ron teased a forthcoming movie and single called "10,000 Miles," which sampled the 2001 Vanessa Carlton classic "A Thousand Miles." The release came several months after he released "Oh Yeah" with co-Diplomat Juelz Santana and teased that his long-awaited album Killa Season 2 would drop in the fall. Both KS2 and the expected sequel to Cam's 2004 effort Purple Haze 2 have yet to arrive.

Before bringing Harlem World to the Big Easy, Cam'ron sat down with Billboard for a quick check-in about his forthcoming 10,000 Miles film, the status of his Killa Season 2 and Purple Haze 2 projects, and the possibility of a final Dipset album with Jim Jones and Juelz Santana. 

With All-Star Weekend taking over New Orleans, who is a player in the NBA that has you hype about the game?

Well, it’s not necessarily the players. I want to see what’s going to happen with OKC's Russell Westbrook and the four guys from Golden State [at the All-Star game]. [West All-Stars coach] Steve Kerr’s talking about playing the whole Golden State team with Russell Westbrook with KD [Kevin Durant] and Russell Westbrook’s beef -- that’s a whole big story for me. Hopefully, them two guys will be cool and it won’t be no tension on the court. 

Last month, you released a snippet of your song “10,000 Miles.” Why the Vanessa Carlton sample?

I’ve always been a fan of the song. I’m a guy who always picks out classic samples. I Googled it and it was over 10 years old and I was like, it’s time to bring that back. So I sat down for a couple of days, listened to it, came up with a concept and we’re going to put [the full version] out next month.

What sides of Cam’ron will fans see in the movie 10,000 Miles?

Basically, it’s kind of like Bonnie & Clyde. It’s a story about a guy who hustles and he’s about to quit hustling but he has to do one more move before he stops hustling. Him and his girlfriend go do this move, this last quote-unquote sale and all these trials and tribulations that are a part of it.

Will Juju be a part of it?

Maybe. JuJu got her own thing going on but we’ll get her in there.

What’s the update on Killa Season 2 and Purple Haze 2?

The album [Killa Season 2] is pretty much done. I got so much music. The studio’s in my house so I probably have 400 songs so what I plan on doing next month is releasing two mixtapes of music called The Program 1 and 2. That’s just music that didn’t make the album but I still think is dope. Then I’m gonna put out Fourth of July, Killa Season 2. Then we’ll do Purple Haze 2 this November probably around Complex Con and a new Reebok [shoe] I have coming out.

Jim Jones and Juelz Santana have been releasing new music. How do you feel about your fellow Dipset mates grinding individually?

It’s good that everybody’s working. Everybody took a hiatus for a little while. Jim is always working. It’s definitely good to see Juelz come out and do some work ‘cause he’s younger than all of us and people still want to hear what he has to say.

Any chance for a final Dipset album?

Not in the near future but you never know.

Jim Jones signed to Roc Nation recently. What’s your relationship with Jay Z like these days?

At the end of the day, I salute anybody that came from an urban community like mine, doing the moves that he’s doing and making a platform for other artists like he’s doing. I haven’t spoken to him in years but I salute everything that he’s doing.


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