Killa Season

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Killa Season
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Studio album by Cam'ron
Released May 16, 2006
Recorded July 2005-March 2006
Genre Hip hop
Length 70:14
Label Roc-A-Fella, Diplomat, Def Jam
Producer Cameron Giles (exec.), The Alchemist, Pro-V, Charlmagne, Blackout Movement, Ty Fyffe, Jonathan Dugger AKA "Peersonile" for Versatile Music Productions,LLC , Headbangaz Entertainment, Nova, The Heatmakerz, Big Tyme, The Beat Firm, Stay Gettin' Productions, Chad Hamilton, I.N.F.O., Boola
Cam'ron chronology
Purple Haze
(2004)
Killa Season
(2006)
Crime Pays
(2009)

Killa Season is the fifth studio album by Harlem rapper Cam'ron. The album was released on May 16, 2006, by Diplomat Records and Def Jam. Cam'ron was also the executive producer of the album. The album sold 114,000 in its first week, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
HipHopDX 3/5 stars[3]
The Phoenix 2.5/4 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10)[5]
RapReviews 7/10[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Stylus Magazine B-[8]

Killa Season garnered a positive reception but music critics were mixed toward Cam's choices in production and lyrical content compared to Purple Haze. Peter Relic of Rolling Stone found criticism in the album's production and soul samples and Cam's insults towards Jay-Z but still found it entertaining with its wordplay, saying that "Killa Season proves Cam'ron can still bring heady verbiage and heat, but it's doubtful Jay-Z is losing much sleep."[7] While also finding the production decent, Brian Sims of HipHopDX praised the album's skits and hooks and Cam's delivery for bringing light to creative imagery, saying that "As an industry veteran, Cam deserves a lot of credit for not using his album to address petty squabbles or provide some pseudo-intellectual autobiography."[3] David Jeffries of AllMusic said that the album was in need of a rewrite on some tracks but still found it enjoyable with memorable hooks and for showing a vulnerable side in Cam, concluding that "Killa Season would have benefited from trimming and better planning, but those things are extremely rare in the world of Dipset. Taking that into account, the album is exceptional and a good enough excuse for two more years of mouthing off and starting trouble."[2]

Steve 'Flash' Juon of RapReviews praised the album for continuing Purple Haze's formula with tight wordplay and loose soul sample production, despite containing tracks that were Dipset holdovers, concluding that, "Nonetheless Cam fans should be happy with Killa Season, an album which continues his recent trend of solid (if somewhat unspectacular) solo CD's."[6] Jayson Greene of Stylus Magazine found some of Cam's lyrics humorous at times, but found the production and guest artists lacking in variety in terms of go-to names, concluding with "Instead, Killa Season is a retreat, an album to satisfy the converted but one that will keep his mythical status confined to the 12-mile radius of his Manhattan home."[8] Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork Media felt the album was a disappointment compared to Purple Haze, finding the production lacking in energy and in need of more humorous songs ("I.B.S.") then aggressive diss tracks ("You Gotta Love It"). Dombal also pointed out that the limited edition of the album contained a DVD that reveals Cam'ron's battle with Jay-Z was all for publicity, concluding that, "If this underwhelming offering is any indication, such blind self-reference has considerably slowed down Cam'ron's once-unstoppable Dipset Movement."[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Killa Cam (Intro)" (featuring 40 Cal.) Pro-V 5:01
2. "He Tried To Play Me" (featuring Hell Rell) Charlmagne 3:43
3. "Leave You Alone"   Blackout Movement 3:24
4. "Living A Lie" (featuring Mo Money) Ty Fyffe 4:32
5. "We Make Change" (featuring Juelz Santana) Jonathan Dugger a.k.a. "Peersonile" for Versatile Music Productions, LLC 3:10
6. "Voicemail (Interlude)"     2:04
7. "Wet Wipes"   The Alchemist 3:35
8. "Touch It or Not" (featuring Lil Wayne) BBanga 3:41
9. "War" (featuring Hell Rell) NOVA 3:51
10. "Triple Up" (featuring 40 Cal.) BBanga 4:09
11. "I.B.S"   The Heatmakerz 3:32
12. "Get Ya Gun"   Big Tyme 3:58
13. "White Girls"   The Beat Firm 3:48
14. "Girls, Cash, Cars"   Stay Gettin' Productions 3:06
15. "Do Ya Thing (Remix)"   Chad Hamilton 2:54
16. "Get 'Em Daddy (Remix)" (featuring Hell Rell, J. R. Writer, & Jim Jones) I.N.F.O. 4:33
17. "Voicemail (Interlude 2)"   Sancochito's Ent. 1:13
18. "Something New" (featuring Hell Rell) Boola 3:18
19. "You Gotta Love It" (featuring Max B) I.N.F.O. 6:13
20. "Love My Life" (featuring Nicole Wray) Jonathan Dugger a.k.a. "Peersonile" for Versatile Music Productions, LLC 4:26
21. "Exclusive Track 1"     2:02
22. "Exclusive Track 2"     3:04

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Killa Season adapted from AllMusic.[9]

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hasty, Katie (May 24, 2006). "Chili's Warm To No. 1 Album Post Again". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Killa Season - Cam'ron". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Sims, Brian (May 15, 2006). "Cam'ron - Killa Season". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ Sylvester, Nick (June 20, 2006). "Cam'Ron". The Phoenix. Phoenix Media/Communications Group. Retrieved December 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Dombal, Ryan (May 18, 2006). "Cam'ron: Killa Season". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Juon, Steve 'Flash' (May 16, 2006). "Cam'Ron :: Killa Season :: Diplomatic Man/Asylum Records". RapReviews. Retrieved December 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Relic, Peter (June 2, 2006). "Cam'ron: Killa Season". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on May 28, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Greene, Jayson (May 24, 2006). "Cam'ron - Killa Season". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved December 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Killa Season - Cam'ron | Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Cam'ron – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Cam'ron. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  11. ^ "Cam'ron – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Cam'ron. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  12. ^ "Cam'ron – Chart history" Billboard Top Rap Albums for Cam'ron. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  13. ^ "2006 Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  14. ^ "2006 Year-End Charts: Rap Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 13, 2015.