Cam Carter Making a Name for Himself and His Hometown
Cam Carter born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee is an artist who connects to his fans throughout his songs and the realness he displays in his music. The rapper combines pop, country, and hip-hop which is something new which fans are excited about. By making that move to the West Coast, Cam hopes to work with hip-hop legends like Lil Wayne and Jay Z. He believes he can get their attention when he starts making his waves in this business. His project “Spaceships” was released in May.
Get to know Cam Carter below:
Where do you currently live?
I currently live in Los Angeles, California. I moved here after my mother tragically passed away in 2014. I’ve always wanted to visit, but I’ve always had excuses of why I couldn’t do this or that. When I lost her, I was in a very dark place and my dad helped me a lot. It was him that helped me be here. I knew something in my life needed to change and it was time to leave everything I know behind and move on to the next chapter of my life.
Why did you move to where you currently live?
Because life is too short to have “what ifs” circling through my head. Nobody will take me seriously until I take myself seriously.
What is your genre?
My primary genre is hip hop. However, I am a songwriter first and I don’t let a genre barrier hold me back from writing anything that I feel in the particular moment. I like to capture the energy and utilize my ghosts and channel it into a story that paints a picture of whatever it is I see. God has granted me the power of discernment and that definitely helps me be more valuable as a songwriter because I can jump into perspectives that most people can’t. I can rap about an African American child holding a rose, hiding under a tank in a war zone. I can also rap about a supermodel holding a glass of champagne, living her best life at a rooftop party. I will be blending and defying genres and that satisfies me more because of my love for all music.
How would you describe your sound/style?
Muddy and wet. I don’t want to compare myself to anyone but myself. But if I were to force a reference, I’d humbly say I’m Juicy J, 2 Pac, Kayne West and Lil Wayne mixed into a bowl with a splash of Paul McCartney. I have been compared to Lil Wayne a lot from strangers and some of my friends. He is one of the best lyricists of all time and he is one of my biggest influences so if anything, I say reminds you of him, that’s probably why. Some fans nicknamed me the “White Wayne” which is hilarious to me. Lil Wayne is also one of the few artists that grew up in the business and completely changed pop culture. I respect him more than any hip-hop artist.
When did you start doing music? And when did you start taking it seriously? Be as detailed as you’d like.
I started writing music in middle school. Most of the time I tapped on a table and just wrote my songs that way. I didn’t go to a professional recording studio until I met Kingpin Skinny Pimp at his house in East Memphis in 2009. At his house I met one of my best friends Phillip “Big Phil” Hudson, a sound engineer in Memphis that has a credit list that’s on a different level. He recorded my first songs “Jumanji” and “No More” in South Memphis and he helped build some of the best studios in that area.
When did you record your first record?
2004 I recorded a song called “Yup Abercrombie” a spin-off of Dem Franchize Boyz “White Tee”. It was a hilarious track but never released. In 2018, I recorded “Knee High” Produced by Chase Van Leeuwen at Foreword Productions in Culver City, California. This is my first studio single.
Why music? Describe your passion.
Anything that I care about, I’m passionate about. If I like a girl, she’ll know how much I like her when I kiss or touch her. If I like a beat, I’ll treat it just like the girl I just kissed. Simple as that. There’s no halfway with me. It’s all or nothing.
Who is your motivation and why?
I would never be anywhere close to where I am now or done any of my accomplishments without having a great mom and dad. As I mentioned, my mother died. But she lives through me now. All of those memories and holidays are in me now, and it is up to me to carry them on to my kids when I become a father. My mom is my engine and my dad is my gas. I have a song dedicated to my mother Bonnie called “On My Momma’s Heart” which is unreleased. It takes a lot out of me just singing those lyrics, but I’ll get to it soon. It took a while before I learned the true importance of family.
What are your goals when it comes to your music career?
A world tour. Earning plaques and recognition as a songwriter and recording artist. Landing spots on the Billboard charts. Earning a Grammy. Be in a better position to help talented artist that would never reach the next level due to lack of budget. And being timeless and ageless forever. Be a brand not to wear them. Be a legend in hip hop.
What impact are you looking to make with your music? Who do you want to impact?
I want to bring people together. I want people that don’t like hip hop to give my music a chance so I can change their opinions and taste in music. I want to play off of every emotion and make people never feel alone. When they put on one of my records, I want them to always feel they have a friend and someone that understands them and whatever they are going through. Learning to relate is the impact I want to leave behind. No matter what we go through, we’ll always have words.
Any life-changing stories/incidents that impacted your music career, your decision to do music, your journey?
The tragic death of my mother impacts my music the most because it shows me that I am racing against my clock. I only have one life and so much time to accomplish the things I strive for so each day I want to make the most of my genius and continuously improve and hone my craft so I can get paid for doing something that I absolutely love. Going through life’s vicissitudes and having scars and pain and memories that strengthen me to never quit.
Have you been compared to other artists? If so, who?
Yes, I mentioned before that I was called the “White Wayne”. It’s funny because I heard it from people in different states. Wayne and I share a last name, we’re 80’s babies and are the same height. So, I also thought that was more clever than the people saying it realized. I would never call myself the White Wayne, but it could make a good concept for a song. Maybe I’ll do a single just to pay homage to Lil Wayne. Because it is no secret that he is my favorite artist.
What are you most known for? What got you noticed?
I am most known for my Instagram presence. I have accumulated over 20,000 followers which is cool, but nowhere close to the reach I’ll need to climb to the next level. It was difficult growing that following on an original Instagram account. Before moving to Los Angeles, I had about 500 followers on all platforms. I do not want to be most known for social media because I kind of hate it. It is a detrimental part of this business though. I’m not going to squeeze limes in my eyes and pull off jackass stunts to grow my onlookers. I’d rather earn 1 fan each day and grow rapport with them individually.
Where can we hear/check out your music? Apple, Spotify, Soundcloud, etc.
My music is available on all music platforms worldwide.
What would you like to do after music?
Buy houses and rent them out. Build a label and find talent that wants to reach their growth potential. Write music every day while my Beyoncé clone sings to her garden. Drink wine and eat fruit and keep doing what I love.
What message do you want to leave the audience with when reading the article?
That if I can go outside of my comfort zone and move thousands of miles to an unfamiliar place in order to pursue something I love, so can you. Jesus did say, “Truly I tell you; no prophet is accepted in his hometown.” It is up to you to go live the life you want. Never settle for second best. Be the best you in everything you do.
Make sure you check out Cam Carter’s visual for his track “Knee High” which will be finished after the lockdown.
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Anything for That Body (feat. Ghostwriter LA) · Cam Carter
Anything for That Body (feat. Ghostwriter LA)
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