While Cam’ron’s debut album “Confessions Of Fire” was better known for its rowdy singles like “Pull It,” catchy jingles like “Horse & Carriage” and the demented title track, there was one song that still makes me chuckle every time I hear it.
“Me, My Moms & Jimmy” was not only the rap debut of Jim Jones, this was one of the first times (if not the first time) a rapper appeared on wax rhyming with his mother.
“When he was about 12 years old, he’d be in the elevator and he’d be rappin’, and I’d tell him to stop that mess,” Ms. Giles told me when I interviewed Cam for The Source magazine back in 1999. “I didn’t condemn rap, but my whole thing was for him to write the English language first. That’s how you get along in life.”
Seems like mom became ok enough with her son’s chosen career to jump on a song for fun. Over a sample of Tom Tom Club’s “Genius Of Love” Cam goes back and forth with his mom who is calling him out for lying about his drug kingpin raps:
“Now, ain’t that the pot callin’ the kettle black I know y’all ain’t gonna come out and front like that/ When ya’ll got knocked, ya’ll was dying in jail/The way you keep on calling, crying for bail”
Cam’s mom also helped him run the two local businesses he had back in Harlem (a liquor store and a laundromat) and looked over his contracts. Unfortunately, she was also the reason that Cam dipped out of the public spotlight a few years ago. After suffering three strokes in one day Ms. Giles was left paralyzed on her left side. Cam moved her to Florida to receive physical rehabilitation and treatment.
“I went down to Ft. Lauderdale for about a year and a half,” he told AOL’s The Boom Box. “Got her walking again, making sure her health was right.”
Now that she’s literally back on her feet will we hear Ms. Giles on Cam’ron’s next project? I hope so. Seeing that he and Jimmy have ended their feud maybe we’ll get a “Me, My Moms And Jimmy” PT 2.
Happy Mother’s Day!