On October 23, 2005, Harlem rapper Cam’ron was shot in Washington D.C. after a failed carjacking. As reported by the Washington Post, Cam was shot in both arms while waiting at a red light on the way home from a Howard Homecoming party.
Reportedly iced out in $200,000 worth of diamonds, a wounded Cam somehow managed to drive himself in his blue Lamborghini Gallardo to Howard University Hospital. After he was released, reporters outside the hospital questioned him on the crime and he gave the now legendary quote: “I got shot three times and my album comes out Nov. 22. It was a sloppy job on their part. They didn’t get anything. I still got my car and my jewelry.”
Who shot the Harlem rapper and why still remains a mystery, but in a sit down with SHOWTIME Basketball’s All The Smoke on Thursday (March 31), Dame Dash claimed Cam had been targeted over his role in the movie Paid In Full, where he played a drug enforcer named Rico who ended up giving information to the FBI to avoid a 25-year sentence. Dame was a producer on the 2002 film and is currently working on an official sequel. Cam’ron, Wood Harris and Mekhi Phifer’s characters were loosely based on the real lives of Harlem hustlers, Azie “AZ” Faison, Rich Porter, and Alpo Martinez.
“Cam went through a lot, you know he got shot over that role in Washington,” Dame told hosts Matt and Stak. “Yeah, that was over that. He’s never told his story, but there was times I hadn’t really realized what happened I was asking him to do another role once and he was like ‘yo bro I got shot over that role.’
“There was a certain scene where he was like ‘I don’t wanna do that scene.’ So when I found out I felt a little responsible and I didn’t wanna put anybody in that position again. Cause people take this story really serious. So it has to be really done completely correctly.”
In January, Dame announced filming was underway for Paid In Full 2 in Newark, New Jersey.
“It’s what happens after [they] put all that work on the street, and somebody had to get that money back,” Dash told AllHipHop.
“There’s a lot of perspectives that people don’t know. We chose three, really one. Now I’m showing all perspectives,” he said. “So you’ll see a perspective from the stickup kids at the time, see a perspective of the younger dudes, I was a younger dude, the 16-year-olds. You’ll see perspectives from Kevin Childs, Jay Black, everybody, Lou Simms. It’s going to be off the hook. Trust me. A lot of other little stories will be told.”
Watch the full interview with Dame Dash below.