Label: Diplomat/Asylum

Crime Pays was Cam's first step back into hip-hop after disappearing for a couple of years to take care of his ailing mother. He was returning to a very different hip-hop world; The Diplomats were no more (although Jim Jones and Juelz Santana were still making noise), 50 Cent looked like the clear winner in their beef, and New York City had gone cold as far as hip-hop was concerned. Not to mention the recession was in full effect. By the looks of it, Cam used the word "like" more on this album than on any other, which would indicate a much more metaphor-heavy, punchline oriented flow.