May 26, 2008

R.I.P Camu Tao



Hip Hop has lost yet another talented solider and this time again it is sadly another trooper from Columbus, Ohio, 31 year old producer and MC, Tero Camu Tao Smith lost his life due to a long battle with lung cancer, Camu was first introduced to the World through MHZ (RJD2, Copywrite,Jakki Da Motamouth and Tage Proto) first releasing the "World Premier"/"Camu" 12" in 1998 and followed that up with "Rocket Science", both singles being released on Bobbito Garcia's great Fondle 'Em label.



MHZ, never had an official album, but released Table Scraps in 2001 which was a collection of their singles, some freestyles and other material, after the MHZ material, Camu worked on a vast number of projects as both as an MC and producer, he formed Central Service with EL-P, SA Smash with Metro who released the zany but dope Smashy Trashy LP and The Night Hawks with Cage, who released the one off Nighthawks LP, and he was also a part of the mighty Weathermen crew on the Def Jux label, Camu had a unique style and was indeed one of a kind, he is probably best known for the late, great DJ Przm's "Hold The Floor" classic, but Camu produced and did a lot while he was here and worked with many artists, ranging from Vakill,Evidence to Prefuse 73.


SA Smash

Camu seemed to be a name synonymous with either Def Jux or Eastern Conference records, appearing on and producing records for both labels, Camu Tao's music in it's essence was interesting, hardcore and dope and I hope you enjoy this compilation I put together I went through a lot of material and wanted the compilation to be something you smash speakers with or just rock in your headphones.. the underground has lost yet another great, it's just not fair.

Rest in eternal peace Camu and thank you for the music.

R.I.P. Camu Tao-2008


link taken down by request



1. camu tao - you hear me talking to you (2001)
2. camu tao - wireless (2001)
3. camu tao - plot for-a-little (2007)
4. cage ft. el-p aesop rock tame one & yak ballz - left it to us (prod camu tao) (2005)
5. weathermen - gut you (2003)
6. copywrite ft. camu tao & form one-three poisonous darts
(2003)
7. vast aire ft. masai bey camu tao, el-p and copywrite-same as it never was (2001)
8. el-p ft camu tao-jukie skate rock (2004)
9. yak ballz ft camu tao- mic fight
10. mhz- magnetics (1999)
11. sa smash-devil in the hole (2004)
12. camu tao & dj przm-hold the floor
(2001)
13. el-p & camu tao-wmr (2004)
14. prefuse 73 feat camu tao-now you're leaving (2005)
15. tame 1, copywrite, j-zone, cage, mr. eon, skillz & camu tao - eastern conference all stars (2001)
16. copywrite-ft camu tao tage proto-three words (2002)
17. slow suicide stimulus ft camu tao- cutty sharks (2006)
18. vast aire featuring camu tao & copywrite-watch your mouth (2003)
19. cage and camu-night hawks (2002)
20. blockhead feat aesop rock & camu tao - jet son
(2004)





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