Camoflauge

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Camoflauge
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Background information
Birth nameJason Johnson
Born(1981-12-09)December 9, 1981
OriginSavannah, Georgia
DiedMay 19, 2003 (aged 21)
GenresRap, hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active1999–2003
LabelsUniversal Records

Jason Johnson (December 9, 1981 - May 19, 2003), also known as "Camoflauge," was an American rapper.

Biography[edit]

Music career[edit]

Seeking to put his life experiences to tape, Camoflauge started his rap career with Crime Pay$, an album he released with the hip-hop group Crime Affiliates. It sold 20,000 copies. When I Represent, his solo album on the independent label Pure Pain, sold over 50,000 copies, Universal Music Group offered the rapper a deal. However, when he was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, Universal did not pick up the option on his contract, even though the charges were later dropped.

Camoflauge opened for heavyweight rap acts such as 8 Ball, MJG, Scarface, Master P, Ice-T, Pastor Troy, Lil Boosie, Birdman, Trick Daddy, and Ludacris. His last album, Keepin It Real, was released in August 2002.

Death[edit]

While walking his barely two-year-old son, Yadon Moultrie, on May 19, 2003, Camoflauge was gunned down in front of Pure Pain Recording Studio and died at 21 years of age. The local police department determined that the shooting was the result of a drug deal gone bad. Camoflauge was a known drug dealer, and he had had an altercation in which he was accused of stealing from his drug supplier, and in turn of selling cocaine to a minor of 15 years, a sale which resulted in an overdose. The suspects in the killing, Dorin Orr, Tomorris Geiger, Desmond Welks, and Stephen Edwards, were put on trial starting March 10, 2004, but were subsequently acquitted due to lack of evidence. No other suspect has ever been arrested, but people in the documentary "Camoflauge" (see below) say that the people of Savannah's black community know who did it but are afraid to come forward for fear they will also be killed. No one in the documentary says the murder had anything to do with drugs; instead, they say, it was about envy of Camoflauge's talent and impending success.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Crime Pays (with Crime Affiliates) (1999)
  • I Represent (2000)
  • Strictly 4 da Streets: Drugs Sex and Violence, Vol. 1 (2001)
  • Keepin It Real (2002)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Underground Savannah (2000)
  • Home of the True Emcees - Tribute to Jason "Camoflauge" Johnson (2006)
  • The Camoflauge Collective (R.I.P) (2012)
  • Still I Represent (2011)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Dulaa "Pure Pain" Komplex Feelings
  • DJ B-Lord "Bout My Money" Trick Daddy (feat. Camoflauge)
  • DJ Smallz Southern Smoke 9: Money is Still a Major Issue (Part 1 of 2) (hosted by Pitbull) "Pure Pain"
  • White Dawg "We Ballin" Bonifide

Influence and legacy[edit]

Johnson is the subject of a short documentary film called "Camoflauge" directed by Lamia Lazrak. The film includes interviews with Johnson's close family and friends including Tammie Green (his mother), Flau'Jae Johnson (his daughter), producers, and rapper Boosie Badazz. The film premiered at the 2016 Savannah Film Festival and won a 2016 Red Dot Design Award in Communication.[2] [3] [4]

Camoflauge's 15-year-old daughter Flau'Jae Johnson is also a rapper. She was on season 3 of Lifetime's The Rap Game.[5] On May 27, 2018, it was revealed that Flau'jae would appear on the season 13 premiere of America's Got Talent. Her performance was broadcast on May 29, 2018 and was well received by the judges and audience. After her second performance, she received the golden buzzer from guest judge Chris Hardwick.

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