Kam (rapper)

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Kam
Birth name Craig A. Miller
Born October 24, 1970 (age 46)
Willowbrook, Los Angeles, California
Origin Willowbrook, Los Angeles, California
Genres Hip hop, Conscious hip hop, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, g-funk
Occupation(s) Emcee
Years active 1991–present
Labels Street Knowledge, East West America, Atlantic Records, JCOR/Interscope/Universal Records
Associated acts Ice Cube, DJ Pooh, MC Eiht, Goldie Loc, K9compton, Erick Sermon, Dresta, Yung Bruh, One_Over, Mo Money, MC Ren, Chilly Chill, Snoop Dogg, Tha Eastsidaz, Method Man, George Clinton, DJ Quik

Craig A. Miller (born October 24, 1970 in Los Angeles, California), better known by his stage name Kam is an American political emcee known primarily among hip hop fans and music critics during the 1990s & early 2000s.

He is known for his Nation of Islam-influenced lyrics and NOI membership, and affiliation with his cousin, fellow West Coast emcee Ice Cube. He is also known for his powerfully commanding baritone voice and knack for using multisyllabic rhymes.[1][2] He has only released two albums since his well-received 1993 debut album Neva Again. That album featured inflammatory anti-government lyrics and hit single "Peace Treaty," a song about the 1992 Watts gang treaty. The song reached #2 on the Hot Rap Singles chart in 1993.

His first appearance on record was with the song "Every Single Weekend" from the 1991 Boyz n the Hood soundtrack. Since then, he has collaborated with artists including Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Coolio, E-40, Erick Sermon, MC Ren, C-Bo, K9Compton, DJ Quik, DJ Pooh, Tha Eastsidaz, Method Man, KRS-One, Public Enemy, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Dogg Pound, Xzibit, Tyrese, Tank, George Clinton, Dresta, B.G. Knocc Out, Yukmouth, and Glasses Malone among many others. He has released music on two record labels, East West Records and JCOR Entertainment. He is currently signed to his own record label, HEREAFTER RECORDS, and plans to release his fourth solo album.[3] He is also currently a member of Snoop Dogg's West Coast supergroup The Warzone with MC Eiht and Goldie Loc. Kam and his biological younger brother, "Yung Bruh", are also a NOI-based rap group called, Fruit Pruno. Their self-titled album was released during the NOI's Saviour's Day 2010 summit (specifically on February 28, 2010).[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Peace Treaty"/"Still Got Love 4 'Um" (1993)
  • "Pull Ya Hoe Card"/"In Traffic"(1995)
  • "Whoop-Whoop" (Ice Cube Diss, 1997)
  • "I Don't Think So" (2005) (Produced by Focus)

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with other performing artists and selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US R&B
[citation needed]
"Paint the White House Black"
(George Clinton featuring Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Pupa Curley, Public Enemy, Yo-Yo, MC Breed and Kam)
1993 62 Hey Man, Smell My Finger
"Exercise Yo' Game"
(Coolio featuring E-40, Kam and 40 Thevz)
1995 Gangsta's Paradise
"Ghetto"
(Tha Eastsidaz featuring Kokane, Nate Dogg and Kam)
2000 Tha Eastsidaz
"The Life (Remix)"
(Mystic featuring Kam and Talib Kweli)
2001 Non-album single
"Westside Driveby"
(DJ Kayslay featuring E-A-Ski, MC Ren and Kam)
2003 The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.
Promotional singles[edit]
List of promotional singles as featured artist, with other performing artists and selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
R&B

[citation needed]
"Whoop! Whoop!"[5]
(DJ Pooh featuring Kam)
1997 Bad Newz Travels Fast
"It's About Time (Remix)"
(L.A. Nash featuring Jewell, Gonzoe and Kam)
Make Me or Break Me
"Westside Part III (Bud'da Remix)"[6]
(TQ featuring Jayo Felony and Kam)
1998 Non-album single
"Watch How Daddy Ball"[7]
(Saafir featuring Chameleon and Kam)
1999 The Hit List
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Other songs[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Every Single Weekend"[9] 1991 None Boyz n the Hood soundtrack
"Color Blind"[10] Ice Cube, Threat, WC, Coolio, King T, J-Dee Death Certificate
"The Ill Shit"[11] 1993 Erick Sermon, Ice Cube No Pressure
"Shock of the Hour"[12] MC Ren, Laywiy Shock of the Hour
"Keep tha 'P' in It"[13] 1995 DJ Quik, Playa Hamm, 2-Tone, Hi-C, 2nd II None, General Jeff Safe + Sound
"Pump Ya Fist"[14] None Pump Ya Fist: Hip Hop Inspired by the Black Panthers
"Throw Your Hands Up (Kam Version)"[15] L.V. Throw Your Hands Up single
"No Idea"[16] 1997 DJ Pooh, Charlie Wilson, Roger Troutman, Shirley Murdock Bad Newz Travels Fast
"Who Cares"[16] DJ Pooh
"Mob On"[17] 1998 Paris Unleashed
"My Name in Yo Mouth"[18] Jayo Felony, Money Green S.I. Riders
"Pounds on It"[19] 1999 D.B.A., CJ Mac Doing Business as
"The Re-birth"[20] 2000 Mausberg The Konnectid Project, Vol. 1
"Get It Together (Million Family March Anthem)"[21] The Lady of Rage, Caviar, Mack 10, Fat Joe, Drag-On, Sincere, Snoop Dogg Million Family March
"Word Is Bond"[21] None
"Get Props"[22] 2001 Contraversy Inner Conflicts
"Gangsta (Fuck a Ho)"[23] Brotha Lynch Hung & C-Bo Blocc Movement
"Doin' It on the Coast"[24] 2002 Foesum The Foefathers
"Eastside Stories"[24] Foesum, Tripp Locc
"Cali Ways"[25] 2003 Down, Fingazz, Suga Free California Cowboys
"Ain't No Love"[26] Paris Sonic Jihad
"Don't Do the Crime"[27] Caviar, Above the Law True Crime: Streets of LA soundtrack
"In the Middle of the Night"[28] 2005 E-White, Julio G, MNMsta 48 Hours: The White Album
"West Coast Ridin'"[29] Young Lyfe, Howard Hewett, Black Chill Real Lyfe
"Till the Wheelz Fall Off"[30] Foesum U Heard of Us
"Evil Eastsyde"[31] 2006 Spider Loc, Glasses Malone Brainless, Vol. 2
"Pop Pop Bang!"[32] 2007 Snoop Dogg, Kurupt The Big Squeeze
"South-West"[33] 2015 DJ EFN, MC Eiht, Blu Another Time
"West Love"[34] Mr. Criminal, Xzibit Evolution of a G
"Search Warrant"[35] Paris, WC, Big Tray Deee, Goldie Loc, E-40, Sandy Griffith Pistol Politics

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kam :: Neva Again :: Epic/Sony
  2. ^ Kam - Neva Again
  3. ^ Guerrilla Funk: Kam Biography
  4. ^ AllHipHop.com: We Are The Ship
  5. ^ "Whoop! Whoop! - DJ Pooh". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  6. ^ "Westside Part II (My Melody)/Westside Part III (Bud'da Remix) - TQ". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  7. ^ "Watch How Daddy Ball - Saafir". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  8. ^ Roberts, Michael (2006). "Hopped Up". Westword. Denver Westword, LLC. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Boyz n the Hood (soundtrack)". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  10. ^ "Death Certificate - Ice Cube". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  11. ^ "No Pressure - Erick Sermon". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  12. ^ "Shock of the Hour - MC Ren". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  13. ^ "Safe + Sound - DJ Quik". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  14. ^ "Pump Ya Fist: Hip Hop Inspired by the Black Panthers". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  15. ^ "Throw Your Hands Up - L.V.". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  16. ^ a b "Bad Newz Travels Fast - DJ Pooh". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  17. ^ "Unleashed - Paris". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  18. ^ "S.I. Riders". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  19. ^ "Doing Business as - D.B.A.". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  20. ^ "The Konnectid Project, Vol. 1 - Suga Free & Mausberg". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  21. ^ a b "Million Family March". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  22. ^ "Inner Conflicts - Contraversy". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  23. ^ "Blocc Movement - Brotha Lynch Hung & C-Bo". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  24. ^ a b "The Foefathers - Foesum". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  25. ^ "California Cowboys - Down". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  26. ^ "Sonic Jihad - Paris". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  27. ^ "True Crime: Streets of LA (soundtrack)". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  28. ^ "48 Hours: The White Album - E-White". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  29. ^ "Real Lyfe - Young Lyfe". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  30. ^ "U Heard of Us - Foesum". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  31. ^ "Brainless, Vol. 2 - Spider Loc". DatPiff. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  32. ^ "The Big Squeeze - Snoop Dogg". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  33. ^ "Another Time - DJ EFN". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  34. ^ "Evolution of a G - Mr. Criminal". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  35. ^ "Pistol Politics - Paris". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 

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