Why Cam’ron Got Shot Over Role In Paid In Full

Back in the 1990s, a rapper from New York named Cam’ron became a big deal. He was famous for his solo rap and also for being part of a hip-hop group called The Diplomats. In 2002, he acted in a movie called Paid in Full. In that movie, he played alongside Mekhi Phifer and Wood Harris in a story about crime. Even though the story in the movie was made up, Cam’ron had some real-life trouble with violence.

Cam’ron was in ‘Paid in Full’

Paid in Full was made by two guys named Damon Dash and Jay-Z who started Roc-A-Fella. The movie is kind of like a made-up version of what happened with famous drug dealers from Harlem in the 1980s. These dealers were Azie “AZ” Faison, Rich Porter, and Alpo Martinez. The name of the movie comes from a song by rappers Eric B. & Rakim from 1987.

People who love hip-hop have really liked Paid in Full for around twenty years since it came out. But three years after it was in theaters, Cam’ron got a taste of what his character Rico went through.

Cam’ron got shot because of ‘Paid in Full’

On October 23, 2005, Cam’ron got shot in Washington D.C. Some guys tried to take his car but things got ugly. He got shot in his arms while he was waiting at a red light after a Howard University party.

When he got shot, Cam’ron had $200,000 worth of shiny rocks on him. The bad guys didn’t manage to take his stuff. He drove himself to the hospital and after he got out, he joked, “I got shot three times and my album comes out Nov. 22. It was a sloppy job on their part. They didn’t get anything. I still got my car and my jewelry.”

In a chat in 2022, Dash said that Cam’ron got shot because of his part in Paid in Full.

“Cam went through a lot. You know he got shot over that role in Washington,” Dash said. “That was over that. He’s never told his story, but there were times I hadn’t really realized what happened. I was asking him to do another role once and he was like, ‘Yo, bro, I got shot over [playing Rico].’

“There was a certain scene where he was like ‘I don’t wanna do that scene,’” Dash went on. “So when I found out [he got shot] I felt a little responsible and I didn’t wanna put anybody in that position again. ‘Cause people take this story really serious. So it has to be really done completely correctly.”

The real Alpo Martinez, who was the basis for the character Rico, got shot and died in Harlem in late 2021.

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