After resurfacing this year from a long hiatus and dropping a new solo album, Cam’ron is trying to keep his business hand strong with the launch of a film/music company called The U.N. and Dipset West.
The Diplomats founder has teamed up with Omar “Iceman” Sharif, who has a long resume in both fields, for the launch of both companies, in hopes of helping launch the Dipset brand in Hollywood.
“When we started Dipset, it was more than just a crew, it was a movement. The U.N. is a continuation of that movement,” said Cam’ron. “[Omar ‘Iceman’ Sharif] has made his name in the music and film industries brokering and securing multi-million dollar deals, merging hip-hop with Hollywood. His experience is exactly what we need to make strategic connections at the next level.”
Sharif, who serves as a partner and co-CEO, has extensive experience in music as well as films. In his musc career, he’s executive produced over 40 albums, including projects with Onyx, ODB, Mariah Carey, AZ, Sheek Louch, Hell Rell, Killah Priest, RZA, Slim Thug, and Xzibit. In 2000, he helped Onyx secure a deal with the newly formed Koch Records, followed by helping Suge land distribution for Death Row Records catalog through Koch in 2002.
On the film side of things, he executive produced the 2002 hip-hop documentary “American Rap Stars,” and recently brokered a $2 million dollar deal with Lions Gate for director/actor/rapper Sticky Fingaz’s directorial debut, “A Day in the Life,” actors such as Mekhi Phifer, Omar Epps, and Michael Rapaport.
Cam’s film experience isn’t too shabby either. In 2006, he made his screenwriting and directorial debuts in the direct to DVD film, “Killa Season,” which went on to sell over 200,000 copies.
His new label already boasts a full roster of artists as well, including newcomers Charlie Clips, Byrd Lady, Vado, Fly Boyz, Begetz and Young Hustle.
Cam has several upcoming music projects coming, including The Gangsta Grillz Mixtape with DJ Drama, U.N.’s debut album, solo albums for Vado, Begetz and ultimately a solo album from Cam himself.
“We got a movie coming out called ‘The Bakery’ and then we’ll drop the second installment of ‘Killa Season,’ ” the rapper revealed. “Between the films and the music coming soon on U.N. and Dipset West, we gonna keep the ‘hood in a frenzy.”