Cam'ron, Salva

Sat, May 31, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Terminal 5

New York, NY

$25 advance / $30 day of show

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At a time when the DJ sits firmly at the center of popular culture, A-Trak stands out as MVP, the key participant who holds together all facets of the craft. Very few share his mastery of turntablism while also sitting at the forefront of musical innovation, looking keenly to the future with history tucked in his back pocket. A true connector, Trizzy hops effortlessly from colossal festival stages to sold-out concert venues and sweaty underground clubs, building links between hip hop and electronic music while watching genre barriers crumble.

After spending years as Kanye West’s tour DJ and consigliere, he founded the celebrated record label Fool’s Gold in 2007 and developed the careers of artists such as Kid Cudi, Danny Brown and Flosstradamus. With its string of releases and parties, Fool’s Gold broke down bygone rules of the record industry, paving the way for a new wave of independents and helping to make North American electro a dominating force. As a Grammy-nominated producer, A-Trak’s seminal mix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll” marked an entire generation’s introduction to dance music. Duck Sauce, his irreverent collaboration with Armand Van Helden, flipped the bird to chart-topping formulas and reached #1 in 12 countries with the ubiquitous “Barbra Streisand”, electronic music’s first true viral music video. A-Trak easily segues from working with EDM’s elite to revitalizing rap superheroes, launching Federal Reserve with Cam’ron and Low Pros with Lex Luger. He casually picked up 3 VMA nominations along the way.

Not bad for a kid from Montreal who was once known as a 90’s turntable prodigy. As a teenager, he brought home every DJ title known to man, starting with the 1997 DMC World Championships and holding a record-breaking 5 titles by the time he was 18. Meanwhile, as his older brother Dave morphed into the lead-singing lothario in the acclaimed electro-pop sensation Chromeo, Alain grew from a nerdy teen who created an elaborate scratch notation system to a bona fide style icon and one of the most recognizable figures in the DJ scene. He recently appeared in campaigns for Adidas, Grey Goose and Cadillac and graced the covers of Billboard and Complex. Based in New York for close to 10 years now, A-Trak’s interest in the lifestyle of his generation has certainly made its mark. As one of the first blogging DJs, he now regularly contributes to the Huffington Post and owns the travel website Infinite Legroom. Through Fool’s Gold, he cemented his reputation as a cultural curator: the label’s legendary events – most notably the Day Off series – are like a knighting ceremony for new talent; FG has its own clothing line and a Brooklyn storefront which doubles as an art gallery. It’s the accumulation of these projects that defines who A-Trak is. With this sort of breadth to his resumé, it’s no surprise that Rolling Stone named him one of the 50 Most Important People in EDM. Currently focusing on more solo recordings, the ever-young Trizzy continues to write new chapters in his storied career.
Why am I workin' here
It ain't workin' here, it ain't worth it here
I'm never gone persevere

Cam'ron's "I Hate My Job," paints the perfect picture of the frustrated everyman, the struggling every woman. As soon as the viral video for "I Hate My Job" leaked, it struck a chord with fans in search of hip-hop they could actually relate to. This is Cam'ron the Realist.

But after being the most elusive rapper on the planet for almost two years, it's ironic justice that Harlem's own Cam — full-length fur coats, diamond flooded, blue Lamborghini Cam— would return to the spotlight with the new theme song for the 2009 state of mind.

"I knew I wanted to speak on the things my people are really going through," says Cam'ron. "It's not like they don't know I can speak on getting fly. But I never lose touch with the streets, and those everyday stories need to be told just like the ones about the hustlers and the gangsters."

It's this ability to speak to such different audiences that has kept Cam'ron one of hip-hop's biggest cult favorites for over 11 years in the game. And on his 6th major release, Crime Pays, Cam'ron gives his fanatic following exactly what they want…unapologetic, gimmick-free street raps. Besides the blue-collar angst of "I Hate My Job," Cam brings his twisted wit on songs like "Bottom of the P---y Hole," and his cinematic street sense on "I Used to Get It In Ohio," and "Cookin' Up." No features and no filler, Crime Pays is Cam's past and present coming full circle.

Growing up in Harlem, Cameron Giles got his first taste of stardom as a high school basketball star, where he, and a certain teammate named Mason Betha, garnered attention from college scouts. But Cam's true calling was linguistics not athletics. And at the time, the seeds of a rap dynasty were growing in Harlem that would impact the style and sound of East Coast hip-hop for a decade to come. While Harlem always played a part as the social epicenter for hip hop culture…with legendary nightclubs, 125th street's marketplace, and more….it was the place were music was played, not made. That is until a new class of hungry young emcees from Uptown started capturing the attention of mixtape djs and hardcore fans….namely the Children of the Corn, featuring Cameron—now Killa Cam, his high school pal Mason—now Murda Mase, the late Big L (who later joined the Diggin' in the Crates collective), producer Digga, and Cam's cousin Bloodshed. Children of the Corn's existence as a group was cut short when member Bloodshed was killed in a car accident, but their legend was already cemented on mixtapes and radio freestyles. Mase dropped the "Murda" and became the new prince of Sean Puffy Comb's Bad Boy Records…meanwhile Killa Cam waited for his solo shot.

And in a twist of fate, it was The Notorious B.I.G. who met Cam and gave him his blessing right before he was murdered in 1997.

"After Big died, I didn't know what was gonna happen," says Cam. "But then they were shooting the video for [the Biggie tribute song] "We'll Always Love Big Poppa," right around my way. I saw Big's business partner Lance Un Rivera and went up to him and said, yo, I'm the kid Biggie told you to sign." And that cosign from the afterlife was all it took to score Cam'ron his first record deal with Untertainment Records/MCA, and his debut album, Confessions of Fire (1998), which included classic tracks such as "Pull It" (featuring DMX), "Feels Good," (featuring Usher) and "Horse and Carriage," (featuring Mase).

In 2000, Cam'ron dropped his sophomore album, titled S.D.E., or Sports, Drugs, and Entertainment. Fans embraced songs such as "What Means the World to You," "Let Me Know" and "Do It Again," but Cam'ron also used S.D.E. to introduce his colorful young crew to the world. Cam'ron, along with Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey, and others, became known as The Diplomats, aka the Dipset. And with his crew in place, Cam made the transition to a new label home, Roc-a-fella Records. It was on Roc-a-fella that Cam'ron came into his own as a mainstream hip hop star, releasing the platinum-selling album, Come Home With Me (2002), which featured hits such as "Hey Ma" (featuring Juelz Santana), "Welcome to New York City" (featuring Jay-Z and Juelz Santana), and "Oh Boy" (featuring Juelz Santana). Cam'ron later reprised "Oh Boy" for Mariah Carey's Charmbracelet album. And Cam also branched out into Hollywood, with a critically acclaimed performance in "Paid in Full" (2002), starring alongside Mekhi Phifer and Wood Harris.

Riding on the success of Come Home With Me, Cam'ron helmed the release of his team's compilation albums, Diplomatic Immunity (2003) and Diplomatic Immunity 2 (2004), as well as his 4th album, Purple Haze, which featured hits like "Shake," and "Down and Out" (produced by Kanye West). And in 2005, Cam'ron signed to Asylum Records, and came into his own as a multi-talented businessman. He wrote and directed the full-length feature DVD, Killa Season (2005), which instantly became a hood classic, selling over a million copies. The accompanying Killa Season soundtrack, featured hits such as "Wet Wipes," "Get 'em Daddy (remix)," and the radio-smash "Touch It or Not," which featured Lil' Wayne on the remix.

In addition to his incredible creative material, Cam'ron has always been a lightning rod for hip-hop controversy. Cam has had near-death experiences (i.e. a robbery attempt in 2005 that left him with a bullet wound in the arm). He's had high-profile rivalries with the likes of Jay-Z, Nas, and 50 cent. And more recently, he's had rap fans worldwide analyzing and debating the state of Cam's Dipset crew. But along with the drama, the proud Harlem son has always been one of the game's most important trendsetters. When Cam started wearing pink, urban clothing lines added it to their collections. When he launched his own liquor brand, Sizzurp, other artists followed suit. When Cam introduced new slang….fans listened and learned.

And now that he's is back…with a new album Crime Pays, a new movie close to completion, a television sitcom on tap, and new musical protégés at work…the hip hop world is again paying close attention his every move…because there's never a dull moment in the life of Killa Cam.
A versatile solo producer, crowd riling DJ, owner of the revered Frite Nite label (B. Bravo, Eprom, Ana Sia) and key figure in the Friends of Friends collective, Paul Salva knows how to control a room. After dropping one of 2012's biggest tracks, a collaborative remix of Kanye West's "Mercy" that not only reached #1 on Soundcloud, but received spins on Power 106 FM (LA), Power 105 FM (NYC), and Shade45XM, Salva's work promotes complexity through a synthesis of contrasting styles, showcasing dips into house motifs, grooves in smooth boogie funk, and massive roiling bass waves that has garnered support from the likes of Pitchfork, FADER, FACT, BBC's Benji B and Skream & Benga, A-Trak, Low End Theory, Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Dâm-Funk, Night Slugs, and many others.

A Chicago native who developed his craft in San Francisco and currently resides in Los Angeles, Salva has been invited to perform on the world's biggest stages. A 2011 alum of the Red Bull Music Academy, 2012 has seen Salva perform at Sonar, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Mutek Montreal, Detroit Electronic Music Festival, SXSW, The Do Over LA, Low End Theory, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival and many others, while touring alongside Nguzunguzu, Shlohmo, Pearson Sound, and B2Bs with Machinedrum.

Aside from his live performances, Salva hones his production talents as one of the cornerstones of the Friends of Friends label alongside Shlohmo, Mexicans With Guns and Groundislava. His 2011 debut full-length, 'Complex Housing' and 'Yellobone' EP both received critical acclaim (Pitchfork, FADER, FACT, and others), leading him to exclusive mixes for Mary Anne Hobbs, The FADER, and XLR8R, while being asked to remix the likes of Miguel Migs, Glitch Mob, Rainbow Arabia, Om Unit and others.

As label owner, Salva has seen his Frite Nite imprint emerge as one of North America's premier sources of West Coast electronic bass music, exploring all corners of the electronic soundscape and harnessing diversity to produce compositions that transcend genre boundaries.

'Yellobone' EP available now on Friends of Friends Music.
Venue Information:
Terminal 5
610 W 56th St
New York, NY, 10019