By Ryley Pogensky
With a new album dropping in a matter of days; the 21st to be exact, young rap phenom Cam Meekins is taking our stage this Thursday. A young rapper hailing from Cambridge, Massachusetts Cam started showing his passion and love for music at a young age. By the tender age of 10 he had taught himself how to play the piano, drums and guitar. This passion has clearly paid off, as he was awarded Best New Artist last year at the Boston Music Awards.
Cam’s songs invite you into the artists mind, his raps flow out like stories telling tales of relationships, missed connections on the T, and the inner workings of his mind. He lays it all out in front of you giving you more than just a window, but instead a true blueprint of his thoughts. When Meekins first broke out, comparisons were made left and right to the other young white artists that were breaking into the rap game. From Asher Roth to Mac Miller, Cam strode to stick out from the “frat rap” scene. He did so gracefully, putting more into his songs lyrically than just the art of partying. Since when do rappers quotes Robert Frost?
His video for his hit single Rain opens with Green Day’s Burnout, a seemingly unexpected move for a rapper, but not for Cam who often embraces other music styles. Demonstrated again on his track Cut Me Off where he samples Gyote’s Somebody That I Used to Know. Rap has always been a place for samples from the past, and can subsequently feel played out or come off as overdone but somehow Meekins maintains a freshness. His stage presence certainly helps; there seems to be no room for breathing, or rather no need to as he spits over beats that make it seem like he may actually prefer rapping over speaking. Which if true, would be just fine with his fans.
Cam Meekins will be at Knitting Factory Thursday May 16th at 8:00PM with: OG Swaggerdick, Michael Christmas, and Cerebal Vortex.