Dipset’s Cam’ron recently revealed he ghostwrites Lil’ Cease’s 1997 smash hit “Crush On You” verse before his eventual rise to fame.
According to Cam’ron, the opportunity was presented to him by fellow Harlem rapper Ma$e.
“What happened was, [Untertainment CEO Lance] Un [Rivera] gave Mase $30,000 to write five songs for Lil’ Cease at that time and Mase gave me $5,000 of the 30 to write one or two of the songs,” he said.
Cam’ron added: “I wrote the ‘Crush on You’ song and they ended up keeping it for Lil’ Kim album but it was really for Lil’ Cease. The original ‘Crush on You’ is all Lil’ Cease, Lil’ Kim isn’t even on the record.”
Cam, who didn’t have a solo album deal at the time, says he was paid the $5,000 up front and did not receive any residuals after the song started to gain success, making its way to No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music charts in 1997.
The song is officially featured on Lil Kim’s 1996 debut album, Hardcore.