Cam'ron & Vado - Gunz N' Butta

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However good the idea may have appeared on paper, Gunz N Butta fails to live up to its premise.

It’s a credit to Cam’ron's artistic ingenuity that’s he’s been able to stay as relevant and exciting as he has even amid controversy. Many feared that the Dipset don’s extended disappearance in 2007 would be the death knoll of his career, but now, four years, three mixtapes, two albums and one Diplomats reunion later, Killa is back and better than ever. This time around, Cam has brought his Harlem partner Vado into the mix to deliver their oft-delayed Gunz N Butta LP, courtesy of E1 Entertainment.

However good the idea may have appeared on paper, especially given the duo’s interaction on Cam and DJ Drama’s heralded Boss of All Bosses tapes, Gunz N Butta fails to live up to its premise. Although by no means an unlistenable album, Gunz N Butta suffers from dry song content and sonic stagnation, making it a frustrating and often headache-inducing listen.

Cam’ron has never been known for subtlety, and it certainly shows on this most recent project. The album is made up of bombastic bangers that find Cam and Vado spinning tales of drugs and violence over araabMUZIK’s pounding samples and rattling hi-hats. Tracks like the orchestral opener “Killa” and the Final Fantasy VII-sampling “Monster Muzik” perfectly capture the duo’s explosive personalities, as they wax eloquent about hammers and hard white. When it comes down to it, it’s this very interplay between the two emcees that makes Gunz N Butta worthwhile. Cam and Vado trade verses with one another with incredible ease, perfectly complementing each other’s individual styles. While it would have been nice to see the duo bring other artists into the fold, the Harlem hit-makers bring more than enough heat on tracks like “Stop It 5” and “Put a Bird Up” to make up for it.

As entertaining as those massive-sounding songs are, it’s the rare wildcard moments where Flea and Slime truly shine. Subdued tracks like “Fuck a Freestyle” and the horror movie theme-tinged “Heat in Here” find the duo in an entirely different light, relying more on their lyrical skill than bravado and big bodied beats to succeed. At the same time, cuts like “They Don’t Like You” and “Be With Me” show a more soulful side to the rappers, reminiscent of tracks like “Down and Out” from Dipset’s heyday.

Unfortunately, those instances where Cam and Vado break through their street-hardened shells are too few to save Gunz N Butta from its plethora of mediocre moments. Songs like “Breathe,” “American Greed” and “Face-Off” are uninspired and transparently formulaic street bangers, while “Hey Muma” and “We All Up in Here” sound like copy-and-paste rehashes of the single “Speaking In Tungs” (which appears on the album, inexplicably sans Cam’ron’s verse). On the same token, many of the album’s beats fall apart under the weight of their own grandeur. “Face-Off”’s menacing strings butt heads with the song’s cacophonous drums, while other grooves like “I Luv U” and “Hey Muma” simply fail to peak the listeners’ interest.

Gunz N Butta has all the makings of a classic Dipset banger, but like many of Cam’ron’s albums, suffers from a lack of both direction and editing. Although Flea and Slime more than prove their worth as two of New York’s top Hip Hop acts, Gunz N Butta’s shortcomings make the project feel more like a run-of-the-mill mixtape than a cohesive retail release.



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66 Comments

  • bmak

    Horrible review, who is this cat? I had to comment when I saw dude say breathe and American greed were uninspired. Those are two of the illest songs on the album. And the Hey Muma joint goes in even though I'm not big on commercial type music. He doesn't give enough credit to Killa either, that was the perfect track to start the album, that joint hit the ground runnin! Only song I skip is Heat in Here. To anyone whose read this review, I'd strongly advise you to listen for yourself.

  • coolin cardo

    I think when it finally came down to it, Cam'ron was more focused on the Dipset reunion that "Gunz n' Butta" was delayed for a while. The LP is by far the best LP I've heard in the last two years. Yes I'm hip to some of the album's content is resycled. Some or maybe the majority of the album's songs come from the Gangsta Grillz series Flea & V started: Boss of All Bosses...maybe even during it's sessions. Most of it sounds like it was from Boss of All Bosses 2 sessions. Overall Cam was haitus to put this album out...still it's quality material. Excellent craftsmanship by the U.N. Diiiipppset!

  • THEREALWIZKHALIFA

    shit is so taylor shouts to cam

  • ColdStoneDaKing

    Fuck the review did yall see that video...gotDamn that 1st girl sexy as fuck

  • Anonymous

    cam and vado is da future!! how killa keeps reinventing his swagga...how many movements hes done....cam is harlem!!! and harlem is the capitol of hood york

  • Joe Garcia-Arbelo

    FIYAH!!!!!

  • mobbdeep

    this album is wack as fuck . terrible album camron is lame now , and vado is super wack rapper . 1 star cant listen to this shit

  • Flight Academy

    THESE BEATS GO HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO LIE! www.soundclick.com/flightacademy

  • Vado Man

    Whoever rated this on DX needs to reconsider his job status

  • MR718

    Cam n Vado album is fire idk WTF this lame Sean Ryan talking bout??? he suks ass lol... Hot beats,Lyrics and Swag = Gunz n Butta... NY ALL FUCKING DAY WE RUN THIS RAP SHIT... Hey Muma,We all up in here,Speaking in Tongues,Put a Bird up etc... This album is packed wit bangers it aint gonna sell alot but its definitely a must have...

  • Ini-Herit Skill

    This was decent. I agree with this review dealing with the mediocre moments.

  • Slimmmee

    This shiit is hot..Real Hip Hop ya cnt possibly frunt on dis

  • mrmonclear

    honestly...i liked this shit that rating is bullcrap

  • lil ceaser

    man yall need to shut the fuck up and listen to this shit a couple times i didnt like it at first but most of the new tracks grew on me its pretty cool ill give it a 4 but yall niggas need to keep ya hatin ass comments to yourself talkin bout cam is wack he been in the game for yrs he a pioneer ya sound dumb sayin shit like that actin like he never had hits sheesh 312

  • they_cant_handle_the_truth

    cam'ron diaz is such a wack rapper as far as the dipsex crew @gutter stan please stop replying to everybody who shit on your favorite rapper cause everytime you do you just proving to everyone else you nothin but a groupie who cant take any offense made against your favorite cock (cam'ron's one)

    • African hiphop head

      all you Americans can go to hell...jst hatin on real hip hop...you pple so lazy and broke you dnt buy albums now hip hop is dying...i wit gutta you have to defend and bring neggaz back to thier senses coz next thing you hear people saying justin bieber is the best rappers..go out and buy albums!

    • Lakers1981

      seems like U cant handle the truth. Let the man chill on his couch and do what he wants. What he does shouldn't concern u. Plus ur derogatory personal barrages only expose ur weakness. U need to peep the game kiddo, or just leave it alone.

    • they_cant_handle_the_truth

      seriously ??! man, get a life ! leave your computer alone and go out a little bit ! it's really sad to see people like you waistin so much time behind their screens and building themselves some virtual lives ! i mean you cannot mean what a good laid is until you do not leave your bedroom jerkin on some porn shit behind your screen ! i really feel sorry for your man, hope you'll do fine in the future ...

    • gutter man

      we always will shoot down the false misled clones cause its fun and i love to defend real hip hop/rap . gutter man is like 6 people.got the internet on the t.v. longin and laughin at all these fake hip hop wannabes that always defend weak shit.yall cam haters are a joke. not cause your dissin cam, but because your broadcasting a frequency that is supportive of total conformist enslavement.

  • gutter man

    weirdest rating on DX in a long time- dosnt make any sense. 4 stars! and a killer album by 2 important cats! cam is actually the NYC g.o.a.t.!!!

  • Steeeevooooh

    This album is classic, Vado brought the best out of Cam.....way better than alot of wak shit thats been droppin. cmon DX gotta do better than that. ****Dipset****U.N.**** no homo. I'll give it 4.75 just cause of some of the tracks i already heard.

  • gutter man

    heres the link camron talks about some real shit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WET5lYdPBQw

  • mal617

    its okay, Cam is wack though, Vado got spit

    • gutter man

      cam is wack?? you must be the dumbest out there- DO YOU FOOLS EVEN HERE HIS MULTI'S- CONSISTENTLY- HONESTLY HE'S DOPER THAN MOST rappers and is more important than a lot of socalled hip hoppers think. dude keeps it realer than you sheltered little goody good ignorant cats think. oh yeah- cam is aware too ya know. check the youtube vid with cam and freekey zekey talkin about all the dead animals found in the rivers and shit. do the math clones. stop hating on real rap. some of you dudes suck big L's dick, put you front on cam- so corny yall fake haters.

  • c. jay aka courtesy

    this shit fire - u.n. dipset all day - cam never flops - no homo

  • problemz/problema

    Album had it's moments.You get what you pay for and this was a mix tape.The real heat will be on their official albums on Interscope.This was just something to appease their fans and put bread in their pockets will Dipset work on the comeback album.You Dipset stans need to calm the fuck down when someone critiques these dudes.Immediately it must be oh you a Jigga worshiper or you you must listen to Lil B...lmfao..It's an opinion the reviewer has.Damn you dudes get all aggie and shit for a fucking mixtape..lmfao...relax

  • ikebezzel

    Yal niggas hating on this album dont know what real hiphop is, go listen to Drake you lames.

  • SeriusOne215

    definitely a few bangs on here!!!...so far #9 and #10 ....i gotta listen and listen 1 more time tho

  • Fuck Camwrong

    Vado cool but camron is wack and always has been. That bald monkey camron should be moppin floors at mc donalds and leave rapping to people with talent

  • prospect500

    I'm a big fan of this duo but I think "Hot in Here Vol.1" was more tuff than this one....

  • Coates.82-09-150

    This album review is bad not because of the rating the album received, but for the reasons the reviewer gave in defense of his rating. Harlem rappers Cam’ron and Vado released an album entitled, Gunz N’ Butta last week. The reviewer criticizes the duo for their lack of variety in one instance, stating, “while “Hey Muma” and “We All Up in Here” sound like copy-and-paste rehashes of the single “Speaking In Tungs”. This is a bad argument for the lack of quality of the album due to the fact that artists often rely on former successes to gain new success. What Cam’ron and Vado did was take a song that did well (they made it a single because it was very popular) and take that same vibe into creating new songs. Similar to what a film director does, when they create a box office smash they have a blueprint as to what is successful and often revisit that blueprint for future endeavors. It does not help his argument to scrutinize the Harlem duo for creating tracks with a similar vibe, and saying that they are just “copy-and-paste” versions of another song. My second argument as to why this album reviewer’s arguments are bad is that he attacks the duo for not living up to the album title. As we all know, titles are just that, titles. The title of any art work does not always give direct insight into the content of the works. To go as far as to say “However good the idea may have appeared on paper, especially given the duo’s interaction on Cam and DJ Drama’s heralded Boss of All Bosses tapes, Gunz N Butta fails to live up to its premise” is ludicrous. Art work should be appreciated for what it delivers, not what you expect it to be based on a title. My third and final argument as to why this album reviewer is bogus is that he compliments the duo for tracks that show them talking about drugs and street life: “Tracks like the orchestral opener “Killa” and the Final Fantasy VII-sampling “Monster Muzik” perfectly capture the duo’s explosive personalities, as they wax eloquent about hammers and hard white”, and then blasts the duo for having too many songs about those particular topics. “Unfortunately, those instances where Cam and Vado break through their street-hardened shells are too few to save Gunz N Butta from its plethora of mediocre moments.” This album is a street album. The duo has made previous albums talking about the same things and this is how they’ve become successful. To say that they don’t differ enough from what has made them popular is ridiculous. The album reviewer contradicts himself too many times and his arguments are based on shaky ground, as I’ve exposed in the three paragraphs above.

    • gutter man

      thank you man- finally another real person on this fuckin site passionate about supporting real shit/cam. fuck the goofy clowns that hate the set. dip set bitch!!!!!

  • youngvito79

    Great album to ride too!! Sick beats, sicker lyrics!!! The reviewer of this album is a joke!! If u like Cam u will definitely like this album...

  • youngvito79

    This album is tight with some fire beats and lyrics... Reviewer has no clue what he is talking about at all...

  • Ozler

    'd give 4, but 5 for da hataz. this project is a deep throwback to the beloved ol' NY Hip-Hop

  • gutter man

    heres all the false shit the reviewer said: 1)Gunz N Butta suffers from dry song content and sonic stagnation, making it a frustrating and often headache-inducing listen.- (just not much truth in that.) 2)Unfortunately, those instances where Cam and Vado break through their street-hardened shells are too few to save Gunz N Butta from its plethora of mediocre moments.-- (maybe to the reviewer but "street hardened shells"?? -the reviewer is a clown and the album is entertaining and solid. street shit is what cam and the boss of all bosses tapes was all about. so wtf- reviewer dont know shit.) 3)However good the idea may have appeared on paper, Gunz N Butta fails to live up to its premise- (dead wrong- the album is a success and and the production is pretty well rounded if you pay attention) 4)from its plethora of mediocre moments. Songs like “Breathe,” “American Greed” and “Face-Off” are uninspired and transparently formulaic street bangers,( what is the reviewer smoking- if these tracks are so formulaic every rap song is- tracks arny mediocre and uninspired at all unless your a biased unporfessional goody goody reviewer with pop rap tastes.) 5)On the same token, many of the album’s beats fall apart under the weight of their own grandeur. “Face-Off”’s menacing strings butt heads with the song’s cacophonous drums, while other grooves like “I Luv U”- (face off is a solid beat and the strings dont interfere with the drums at all unless you prefer polished pop production- this dumb prick said most of the beats fall apart, but there all solid real hip hop nyc beats- wtf reviewer-YOU ARE WACK and prolly a gay z worshipper.biased, one sided review. 6)but like many of Cam’ron’s albums, suffers from a lack of both direction and editing. Although Flea and Slime more than prove their worth as two of New York’s top Hip Hop acts, Gunz N Butta’s shortcomings make the project feel more like a run-of-the-mill mixtape than a cohesive retail release.-- (wow this asshole is actually dissing them pretty hard and he's wrong on every point he tried to make against the album- it dont feel like a mixtape, it feels professional and like a well rounded album, cause it is- different style of beats and themes. and reviewer you just showed the world you dont know what editing is- editing is within a song-its not a whole song being included on an album or not- thats executive prodction and sometimes maybe mastering you ignorant tool. and cams albums are all dope and have direction so GTFOH. ANOTHER UNJUST ONE SIDED REVIEW FROM ONE OF DX'S HALF ASSES CLONE REVIEWERS.

  • t

    album is hard!!! i dont care what anyone says it sounds like a album too!

  • Hugo yugo g

    Black mafia guns r from yugoslavia hahah I see u cam . Brrrr 5

  • Kurt Kobain from hell

    Yeah cosign to first comment stupid fuck below him didnt even read wht u wrote ,dx is some hoez this is 3.5 nothing less but Paul wall will get 3 for sure

  • Dipsetallday

    The album is dope aside from Arabmuzik annoying screams on every beat making it sound like a mixtape,personally boss of all bosses was better to and just more raw.tape goes in cam does the job and vado is the next thing outta NYC .4 for me ,fuck the haters prolly all the lil b faggots mad cuz he comin out da closet.

  • Tmac

    It's actually pretty solid if you like Cam'ron....there's a few bad tracks obviously but it grew on me...

  • Anonymous

    3 1/2. American Greed is dope as fuck

  • MCEIHTMOBBDEEP

    WACK SHIT . WTF CORNY AS HELL DIP SET IS SOOOOOOOOO WACK AND LAME CRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIP

    • dontgiveafuck.

      @butter man the guy's nickname is MC EIHT+MOBB DEEP and since he says this album is wack you presume he's listening to lil b ?!! get the fuck out ! you're nothin but a cam'ron+vado cocksucker

    • gutter man

      you must be bumpin lil b on the daily.

  • gutter man

    hiphopdx is a conspiracy. always giving garbage more stars and real rap/hip hop albums too little. this album does have a few problems like old songs and a couple generic tracks, but most of it is solid and fuckin ill- lyrics are on point, most production is sick they basically gave it 2.5 because of a couple tracks that were mediocre and because they are goody goody ignorant clones that blow jay-z and have no journalistic integrity- letting there silly preconceptions of cam get in the way. heres the deal pussies- something isnt dope or not because its negative or positive. if its dope its dope. if the creativity, authenticity and energy is there and skills are present- and most of it is on point it deserves atleast a 3- 2.5 from dx cause sucks at reviewing/analizing albums. but honestly i wouldnt give this more than a 4. dope record.

    • bosses only

      you maaad! lol this shit is for the real cats, not these weiner backpackers on there dads computer who listen to lupe. Album goes hard, for real a couple played out tracks mean nothing. buy it. the majority is solid grimey street shit. real production/real rhymes.

  • Brandon Pitts

    Vado is on Lyrical Steroids... Think Barry Bonds

  • William Katzki

    your dumb "learn more about hip hop"WU TANG IS MY FAVORITE RAP GROUP ND rAEKWON IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE RAPPERS....u sound really stupid its not like i said Camrons more lyrical then Wutang...THEY HAVE MOST OF THE SAME SUBJECT MATTER BUT USE DIFFRENT WAYS TO EXPRESS IT.....ND FOR THE RECORD I HAVE A LIFE IM NOT A FACEBOOK LOSER I USE IT TO TLK TO FRIENDS THAT HAVE GONE ON TO COLLAGE ND TO TLK ABOUT SPORTS ND MUSIC.....I DONT NO SHIT ABOUT HIP HOP...UR FUNNY.....THIS CONVO IS DONE OBVIOUSLY UR JUST A CAM'RON HATER SO THERE ISNT EVEN A POINT TO ARGUE WITH U...UR DONE GOODBYE....

  • William Katzki

    If any of u ppl had any balls u would login via facebook nd hate.....this album isnt great but its not bad either...@dontgiveafuck his lyrics are not ignorant he raps what he knows about so now u want the lox to stop rapping????wutang????they all tlk about drugs sex nd violence...u r all stupid haters with no real points...so...good day to u all...IF U THINK UR TOUGH U WILL CONTINUE THIS ARGUMENT VIA FACEBOOK WITH ME

    • dontgiveafuck.

      "UR JUST A CAM'RON HATER SO THERE ISNT EVEN A POINT TO ARGUE" you act like a bitch catching feelings. obviously conversating with you is a lost cause have a nice life

    • William Katzki

      your dumb "learn more about hip hop"WU TANG IS MY FAVORITE RAP GROUP ND rAEKWON IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE RAPPERS....u sound really stupid its not like i said Camrons more lyrical then Wutang...THEY HAVE MOST OF THE SAME SUBJECT MATTER BUT USE DIFFRENT WAYS TO EXPRESS IT.....ND FOR THE RECORD I HAVE A LIFE IM NOT A FACEBOOK LOSER I USE IT TO TLK TO FRIENDS THAT HAVE GONE ON TO COLLAGE ND TO TLK ABOUT SPORTS ND MUSIC.....I DONT NO SHIT ABOUT HIP HOP...UR FUNNY.....THIS CONVO IS DONE OBVIOUSLY UR JUST A CAM'RON HATER SO THERE ISNT EVEN A POINT TO ARGUE WITH U...UR DONE GOODBYE.... Posted27 minutes ago | Reply »

    • dontgiveafuck.

      negro please !!! first, i dont have a facebook account. maybe you need it to feel like you have a "life" and many many friends til you'll realize none of this is true ! whatever, im not replying to your wack comment for the facebook point so let's talk bout more hip-hop and your faggot argument you tried to serve to this section which will lead to my second point second, the people you just named to defend my feelings toward cam's music have nothing to do with him ! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING !! you really think the wu-tang have anything to do with cam'ron ?!! individually and artistically ?!! are you serious ?? once again, NEGRO PLEASE !! it's obvious you dont know shit about hip-hop when you state some stupid shit like that ! the Wu-Tang is all about wisdom !! they rap about the relevance of knowledge in the community ! they rap about violence not to brag about it but to report it ! big difference you dumb dumb !! listen to GZA, RZA, GHOST (who's more ego trippin but still rapin bout some serious subject if you read between the lines), Rae, etc .. maybe you just caught feelings because i talked down bout cam'ron but i meant everything i said you stupid mothafucka ! i wont reply to you if you say anything more stupid ! my advice : just learn your music a little bit more and study some of the rappers behaviors and then, maybe, we might have a conversation !

  • Dipshit!!!!

    this album suck! i never liked camron he is just a average mc. Please leave hiphop alone you 40 year old fake gangster wannabe

  • rodney

    Man, E1 stays losing. Vado made an ill album last year, and this shit? I'm gonna pretend that this shit doesn't exist.

  • dontgiveafuck.

    cam'ron is nothin but a fuckin animal to me. all his lyrics talk bout ignorant stuff : ass, liquor, cocaine etc what bout time to grow the fuck up cam ??! what bout maturity and a little bit more consciousness in your music ? some people died centuries ago so you can have this right called freedom of speech, so use it properly or just shut the fuck up !! and this shit applies to all the mothafuckas makin such a mediocre album like this !! if it aint for a message, dont rap and go make hamburgers in mcdonald ! we dont need more ignorant people in our ears ! all we need is good music, intelligent music, music for the people ! not music for the dumb asses and the chimps !

  • Anonymous

    Trash. R.I.P. Dipset.