Cam'ron Regrets Putting Son on Album Cover

07/19/2009 at 06:00 PM ET
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When Cam’ron (real name Cameron Giles) featured his young son on the cover of his 2002 album Come Home With Me, he caught some serious heat from mom — and the 33-year-old rapper and actor says he now sees her point. “He had to change schools two or three times,” Cam’ron explains to MTV. “I had to fall back from letting him be on the camera. I feel her for that. It’s his safety first before anything. I feel her for that.” Regardless of where his career takes him, Cam’ron says that he spends each and every weekend with his son.

“If I’m on the West Coast, he’ll come fly and be with me. If I’m on the East Coast, I get my son every weekend. It doesn’t matter where I’m at — show, no show, whatever. Break or no break. I have my son every summer and every weekend while he’s in school. I love having my son in my life.”

Noting that many men in the hip-hop community endured a “fatherless childhood,” Cam’ron feels that “You always gotta take advantage when you can spend time with your kids.” Describing his son as “a nerd,” Cam’ron is quick to clarify “that’s a good thing — [he’s] a genius at school,” consistently scoring “in the 90s and 100s” on his exams.

“I don’t think he got a score lower than 94 ever. He’s in third grade, so it’s a beautiful thing.”

The music bug hasn’t bitten his son yet, who for now is much more a fan of dad’s acting career. “I got pulled over for a traffic ticket…I was speeding or whatever,” Cam’ron explains. “He was in the car. He was so nervous, he was like, ‘Why are the cops messing with you? They don’t know you’re a movie star?’ I was like, ‘Nah, it’s just a ticket, don’t worry about it.'”

“That kinda shocked me, too, because he doesn’t mention the music. He reads and watches the DVDs. Right now, I’mma keep it real. He’s Scooby-Dooed out. I appreciate that. Scooby-Doo been rocking for about 40 years. He just started getting into video games. Right now, it’s PlayStation, Guitar Hero and his Scooby-Doo DVDs.”

Source: MTV

— Missy

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anon on

“‘Why are the cops messing with you? They don’t know you’re a movie star?”

Thats hilarious!

kai on

I have absolutely no clue who he is whatsoever, but those last comments about scooby dooed made me die from laughing. my inner voice was trying to read this interview like some tough rapper, hahahaha.

yeah, my comment. it’s late at night over here!

anon on

Camron wheres pink the color of this website design, hes kinda sweet.

Mel on

Any man taking care of this child (average, music, movies) whatever is a cool dude in my mind.

mrs darcy on

Spends alot of time with his son, what a great father!

Jess from Ohio on

Aww! That’s so sweet when fathers (or just parents in general) truly enjoy and appreciate the time they get with their children.

nettrice on

Ummm…the movies he’s been in are very violent. I hope his child isn’t watching them.

nettrice on

Plus I can barely see his kid’s face on the album cover. He was a little baby!

Andrea_momof2 on

Nettrice, you could say that about MANY actors. I’m not sure if it’s something specific that Cam’rom said that you’re referring to?

Ashley on

I think it’s good of him that he stopped putting his son in front of the camera. His son can just be the little boy he’s supposed to be and it sounds like he is lol his dad called him a nerd! lol Sounds like his boy’s parents are both doing a great job to keep their son safe ! Makes me happy!

Anna on

Does anyone know how old his son is?

Sarah K. on

Anna, it says he’s in 3rd grade so around 8ish I assume

nettrice on

Andrea_momof2 there are only four movies where he’s credited as an actor and they are all violent (I’ve watched one of them). No 8 yr old should be seeing them but before I rush to judge (further) he never said his kid watched them all. I just hope that he continues to do the right thing by his son.

Anna on

Thanks for that SarahK. I’m not from the US and don’t know the grade system there.

meghan on

He doesn’t need to have seen his dad’s movies to know that he has worked on films.

Hea on

Gee, I wonder if Connor and Isabella has seen mommy and daddy in Eyes Wide Shut? They are sexin’ it up quite frequently in their movies.

Perhaps Demi Moore’s kids saw GI Jane? Or shame if Madonna’s kids ever saw one of her videos or read her book.

You know what I think? I think these people have kids who knows what their parents do for a living without neccessarily having come to work with them or actually seen the results on the big screen.

Annie on

Great point Hea. No one has ever questioned whether Brad Pitt’s and Angelina Jolie’s kids have seen Fight Club or Gia, both inappropriate. In fact, I wonder if they’ve seen Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which has no less violence than any Camron movie.

Chicki on

I’m surprised no one mentioned the fact that he was speeding with his son in the car, which is far more irresponsible than anything else referenced in this article! (Although to be fair, I guess it’s possible that he was stopped for doing 30 in a 25-mph zone!)
In response to his son asking why the cops were “messing with him” I wish he had admitted to his son that they were pulled over for actually doing something wrong, as opposed to saying “…it’s just a ticket, don’t worry about it”!

Hea on

Chicki – My guess is that had the boy known daddy did something wrong, he would have been scared.

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