Cam’ron / May 4, 2009 / New York (Highline Ballroom)

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Cam&#8217;ron celebrated his homecoming Monday night (May 4) at New York&#8217;s Highline Ballroom with his first performance in three years. And while many of the Harlem-born rapper's fans seemed nostalgic for a Dipset reunion--sporting merch of the Harlem-based crew like hats and tee shirts, among other regalia--Cam&#8217;ron, born Cameron Giles, made it clear the night belonged to him.<br /><br />&#8220;I missed y&#8217;all motherfuckers,&#8221; Cam&#8217;ron, clad in a red tee shirt, red jacket, matching red Gucci visor and shoes and dark shades, professed to the crowd. The feeling seemed mutual, as hyped fans chanted, &#8220;Harlem! Harlem!&#8221;<br /><br />"Let's not even waste time," Cam told his DJ, as he raced through one Dipset classic after another, including &#8220;Get Em&#8217; Girls,&#8221; &#8220;I Really Mean It,&#8221; &#8220;Wet Wipes&#8221; and &#8220;Oh Boy,&#8221; among others. <br /><br />Despite chanting, &#8220;Dipset for Life&#8221; throughout the night, halfway through the hour-long set Cam&#8217;ron made the transition from Dipset tribute to tracks from his upcoming release, &#8220;Crime Pays,&#8221; due May 12 via Asylum Records. &#8220;How many people hate their motherfucking jobs?&#8221; the gaudy rapper asked before jumping into &#8220;I Hate My Job.&#8221; He followed up with &#8220;Cookin&#8217; Up,&#8221; &#8220;Get It In Ohio&#8221; and &#8220;Bottom Of The Pussy Hole.&#8221;<br /><br />Cam'ron continued to divide and conquer when he brought up Vado and Byrd Lady, both from his newly formed crew U.N. &#8220;Let me bring my neighborhood up,&#8221; he said, as the stage became flooded with well over 30 people.<br /><br />&#8220;Everybody be like, &#8216;Cam, you need to make up with people,&#8221; Cam continued before launching into &#8220;Got It For Cheap,&#8221; another new track off &#8220;Pays.&#8221; &#8220;It&#8217;s me, not no Santana,&#8221; he rhymed, replacing the song's original line, &#8220;Listen to my homeboy Santana.&#8221;<br /><br />Cam closed off the set with his latest hit &#8220;Cookies and Apple Juice&#8221; alongside Byrd Lady, and the crowd roared as if to say, welcome back.