Camu Tao tribute – The Weathermen, bio videos and songs

1 08 2009

a really creative video and a great song… absorb the soundwaves!

I’ve been a fan of Tame’s since the Artifacts first dropped “Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” and seeing as he is a former member of the Weathermen, one of whom’s frontman Camu-Tao has recently passed away, I figure this is a relevant time to write a little something about The Weathermen as a tribute to the late-great underground rapper Camu Tao.

The Weathermen are an amazing east coast underground rap crew – at times being composed of underground heavy weights such as Chris Palko aka Cage, Aesop Rock, Camu Tao, Tame One, and often collaborating of Breeze Brewin (of the Juggaknots, who did the song ‘Sex Type Thang’ probably my favorite rap song OF ALL TIME, no joke)

check it out…

Anyway back to The Weathermen, who were a notable mention on my top ten rap crew’s list, although I’m beginning to think I should slip them into the top ten…

The Weathermen are a New York City based, underground hip-hop supergroup consisting of Aesop Rock, Tame One, Cage Kennylz, Yak Ballz, El-P, and Breeze Brewin. The group took its name from the revolutionary organization Weatherman, and sometimes refers to itself as the “New Left”. Former members include Jakki da Motamouth, Copywrite, Vast Aire and the late Camu Tao.

..sickkkk cut, love RJD2 as well

Anyway, just recently the world has been shocked by the passing of Camu Tao (at least the underground rap world) who recognize this as the passing of a lyrical genius and a great all around artist and person.CAMU2

Camu Tao (born Tero Smith, June 6, 1977 – May 25, 2008) was an American rapper and producer who was signed to the Definitive Jux label (I must admit, I like just about every piece of music and every artist from Def Jux, they simply never do anything bad, EVER!) He was a part of the duo S.A. Smash with fellow rapper Metro, a part of the rap group Weathermen, and the Central Services production team with El-P.CAMU
Smith was also a member of the music collective Cardboard City.
He was also part of Columbus, Ohio’s MHz crew with Copywrite, RJD2, Jakki Tha MotaMouth & Tage Proto, and with Cage, half of The Nighthawks, who made one album during a single three-day creative session.
Smith died on May 25, 2008, after a two-year battle with lung cancer. 😦 At the time of his death, he was working on a song he produced for Cage’s I Never Knew You EP as well as his first solo album for Definitive Jux. On July 9th, El-P announced via Twitter that the album, King of Hearts, was finished, and would be released posthumously on October 20th, 2009. I’m looking forward to it, dropping 4 days before I turn 21, a nice present!CAMU4



One response

26 08 2009
Darshak Sureja

Nice Article!

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