Damon Devon Wright, better known by his stage name Camden, is an American rapper from High Point, North Carolina. A couple of months back he dropped his Ep, “Cinematic Sounds Life In Rhythm”. Full of punch lines and lyrics that tend to spiral around a myriad of themes, this amazingly talented dude shows that he knows rap and he knows lyrics. The production was left to @STUYVESANTS.
Camden’s songs, at times can be heart thumbing and never stray off the topic, while his staccato delivery, street intelligence and word play are impressive and full of soul. This is clearly evidenced on the standout tracks, “Cinema Theme”, “Purple Bag”, “Mind Travelling” and “Midnight Dropper”.
Though full of subtle swagger, he is never arrogant nor tends to mask any efforts to be honest on a track. His songs never lack the honesty that great rappers bring to the table. Camden wasn’t going for a meaningless, totally fun Ep though. Instead it’s obvious he wanted something real. Something that people could really vibe to. And fortunately he doesn’t fall short!
I have a lot of respect for Camden as an emcee because, at his best, he’s a phenomenal lyricist. I knew I had to listen to “Cinematic Sounds Life In Rhythm” because someone kept speaking about the second last song on the Ep called “Mind Travelling”. He urged me to listen to the track, and when I did, I was really impressed. “Mind Travelling”, like most of the tracks on the Ep, show a mature rapper as a storytelling craftsman.
Most of the hooks, samples and beats on the Ep incorporate beautiful retro soul and jazzy sounds, which mixed together with Camden’s profound and clever lyrics, make these songs special. As all Ep’s, this is short but packed with powerful songs, stories and images. Too often now people substitute quality for quantity, but a short collection of music can be great if you put the time and effort into each track, as obviously was the case here.
Lyrically and musically “Cinematic Sounds Life In Rhythm” is a great piece of work from start to finish. You’d be hard pressed to find faults here; it’s the essence of what a modern Hip-Hop Ep should be.