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Rapper Camoflauge Killed
MSN Entertainment News ^ | 5/21/03 | AP

Posted on 05/22/2003 11:45:27 AM PDT by FourtySeven

SAVANNAH (AP) -- The rapper Camoflauge, whose homespun albums made him a celebrity in Savannah while flirting with greater fame, was fatally shot while walking with his toddler son outside his recording studio.

The 21-year-old rapper, whose real name was Jason Johnson, died Monday evening at a local hospital after he was shot outside Pure Pain Records in midtown Savannah.

His son was not hurt. Police had made no arrests Tuesday.

Acting Police Chief Willie Lovett formed a task force to investigate whether Johnson's death was related to recent violence including two other killings, and whether retribution might be involved.

With songs including "Cut Friends" and "Laying My Stunt Down," the dreadlock-tressed Camoflauge had become a celebrity in his hometown. He released his third album, "Keeping It Real," in August on independent Pure Pain.

He was often seen hanging out near the recording studio, flashing gold teeth and wads of money, and driving around town in a Ford Expedition with his face and name painted on the side. At Christmas, he would bring gifts to housing projects dressed as "Camo Claus" in a red suit and beard.

"He watched out for the community, not just himself," said local fan Diane Bryan. "He didn't kick us to the curb. He was trying to get Savannah on the map."

Camoflauge's background formed the perfect "gangsta rap" resume. He grew up in Savannah's public housing projects, had a record of arrests on drug possession charges and suffered minor injuries in a shooting last year.

He also spent three months in jail in 2000 charged with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Kenneth Capers. Camoflauge was released after a grand jury failed to indict him.

Lovett said a $2,500 reward would be paid for information leading to arrests in the deaths of Camoflauge, Felix Michael Scott and Michael Grant.

Early Tuesday, detectives identified a suspect named Dorian Orr in the shooting of Grant on Saturday. The police also issued a new wanted poster on Stephen Edward Roston for a recent aggravated assault, although they did not indicate a connection to the recent slayings.

The same month Capers was slain, Camoflauge's first Pure Pain album, "I Represent," climbed to No. 58 on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues/ Hip Hop chart.

Universal Records signed Camoflauge for his follow-up album, "Strictly 4 Da Streets: Sex, Drugs and Violence, Vol. 1." But the major label dropped the rapper soon after its release.

"He's the first person from Savannah to make it big. Not MTV big, but big for Savannah," said 16-year-old fan Sierra McCoy, who lives in one of the housing projects where Camoflauge grew up and considers the rapper an inspiration.

Many considered the rapper a role model despite his violent, profanity-laced lyrics and brushes with the law. Savannah high schools would invite Camoflauge to host pep rallies. In 2001, he was invited to appear at a Father's Day celebration at Savannah's Daffin Park.

Camoflauge said last year he always knew he would be famous.

"Everyone knew it was going to happen," the rapper said. "I just wanted to be like the boys I saw on the corner — with gold teeth and fancy cars."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: music

1 posted on 05/22/2003 11:45:27 AM PDT by FourtySeven
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To: FourtySeven
I think it's about time the job title of "rapper" knocks "New York City cab driver" off the top of the list of most dangerous occupations in America.
2 posted on 05/22/2003 11:47:03 AM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: Alberta's Child
LOL.......or at least be a close second.
3 posted on 05/22/2003 11:48:23 AM PDT by FourtySeven
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To: Alberta's Child
Universal Records signed Camoflauge for his follow-up album, "Strictly 4 Da Streets: Sex, Drugs and Violence, Vol. 1."

Touche'.

Is all hope for America lost?
4 posted on 05/22/2003 11:51:38 AM PDT by Abe Froman
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To: FourtySeven
...was fatally shot while walking with his toddler son outside his recording studio.

How did the killer see him?

5 posted on 05/22/2003 11:53:15 AM PDT by steveo ( Do you know what kind of a bomb it was? The exploding kind.)
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To: FourtySeven
He was often seen hanging out near the recording studio, flashing gold teeth and wads of money, and driving around town in a Ford Expedition with his face and name painted on the side.

Whoa, thought I was reading my autobiography for a second there.

6 posted on 05/22/2003 11:54:41 AM PDT by sirshackleton
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To: steveo
How did the killer see him?

Maybe he had all his Camo at the dry cleaners that day.

7 posted on 05/22/2003 11:57:54 AM PDT by FourtySeven
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To: sirshackleton
Whoa, thought I was reading my autobiography for a second there.

LOL

8 posted on 05/22/2003 11:58:31 AM PDT by FourtySeven
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To: FourtySeven
I always wondered about this:

Rappers/Hip Hoppers and Country Music have a lot of people who own guns.

Yet, Country fans and artists arent killing each other.

I dont see Toby Keith trying to gun down Tim McGraw ("...SOB knocked me out of #1".... LOL).....I dont see Kenny Chesney emptying his Uzi on Billy Ray Cyrus.....it just doesnt happen in country

Yet....these Hip Hoppers are killing each other left and right.

I guess add another name to the Rapper Body Count
9 posted on 05/22/2003 12:02:04 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Now If We Can Just Get The US Senate Democrats To Run Off To Oklahoma....)
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To: sirshackleton
Live by 'da Hood, die by 'da Hood.

I could just be me, but if I had made a gazillion dollars pouring woman-hating rhymes into the ears of American youth made too stupid by public education to turn the damn radio off, I would move the hell out of the hood, maybe to somewhere quiet in Ohio. These rapping pinheads make me think that there should be something to Darwin's theories, except that they seem to be managing to breed several times before their dangerous, self-risking behavior manages to remove them from the gene pool.

10 posted on 05/22/2003 12:02:33 PM PDT by 50sDad (Close the door! Are we cooling the entire neighborhood? And clean your room!)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
I dont see Kenny Chesney emptying his Uzi on Billy Ray Cyrus.....it just doesnt happen in country

Yet in this case I strangely wish it would.....

11 posted on 05/22/2003 12:07:54 PM PDT by sirshackleton
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
Time was, RAP was recognised to be self-hating, self-destructing, woman-slapping, gay-bashing, badly rhymed, self-important trash talk, designed to improve the self-image of people who can't do anything but pollute themselves and those around them with something that imagines itself as music, but isn't. NOW and the Regular Suspects ignored it, because being "culturally sensitive" was more important than calling the woman-hating stuff what it was...hate speech. Finally, we moved into an age of enlightenment, and rap actually became recognised as bad, vulger, class-less, cruel gutterspeak.

And then one day, some bright wag renamed the exact same thing as "hip-hop", and everthing was alright again. Same old Liberal ploy...rename the sin and it goes away. (I can remember when a "life choice" was really a "sin"! Honestly!)

12 posted on 05/22/2003 12:10:09 PM PDT by 50sDad (Close the door! Are we cooling the entire neighborhood? And clean your room!)
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To: steveo
Just proves that when you're in the city you should wear your urban camo, and leave that moose hunting crap at home.
13 posted on 05/22/2003 12:10:32 PM PDT by LibWhacker (u)
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To: sirshackleton
Beat me to it.
14 posted on 05/22/2003 12:10:49 PM PDT by Richard Kimball
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
Yeah it's funny how the primarily legal gun owners (country music stars and fans) are so restrained concerning gunplay yet the primarily illegal gun owners and users (hip-hop musicians & followers) are so quick to draw and fire.

Furthermore, I think the only reason more rappers don't die is because they're all such bad shots.
15 posted on 05/22/2003 12:14:38 PM PDT by Abe Froman
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To: FourtySeven
Camoflauge's background formed the perfect "gangsta rap" resume. He grew up in Savannah's public housing projects, had a record of arrests on drug possession charges and suffered minor injuries in a shooting last year. He also spent three months in jail in 2000 charged with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Kenneth Capers.

"He's the first person from Savannah to make it big. Not MTV big, but big for Savannah," said 16-year-old fan Sierra McCoy, who lives in one of the housing projects where Camoflauge grew up and considers the rapper an inspiration.

Wow. This is so pathetic I can't even come up with a smart-ass comment...

16 posted on 05/22/2003 12:17:23 PM PDT by Kenton
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
"I dont see Toby Keith trying to gun down Tim McGraw"

Yeah. But I could *just* about see Natalie Maines gunning for Toby. Especially when she's feeling a tad more PMSish than is usual for her.
17 posted on 05/22/2003 12:17:28 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: FourtySeven
Many considered the rapper a role model despite his violent, profanity-laced lyrics and brushes with the law.

And what would be wrong with that sentence?

18 posted on 05/22/2003 12:22:28 PM PDT by eyespysomething (Breaking down the stereotypes of soccer moms everyday!)
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To: FourtySeven
The rapper Camoflauge,... was fatally shot while walking with his toddler son outside his recording studio.

I won't be so tasteless as to ask the question if this toddler's mother and Camoflauge were married.

I fear I know the answer.

19 posted on 05/22/2003 12:22:36 PM PDT by Gritty
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To: FourtySeven
My thoughts exactly! Ironic isn't it....Camoflauge..Camouflage..shot in the open....hmmmmmm......
20 posted on 05/22/2003 12:24:04 PM PDT by BossLady (This just in...."Rapper INVISIBLE MAN shot in NYC Club")
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To: Alberta's Child
Camoflauge may been killed simply because a careless CCW holder couldn't see him.....
21 posted on 05/22/2003 12:27:02 PM PDT by tracer (/b>)
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To: BossLady
I once thought about buying some of his CDs, but I just couldn't see it....
22 posted on 05/22/2003 12:28:21 PM PDT by tracer (/b>)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
Rappers/Hip Hoppers and Country Music have a lot of people who own guns.

Yet, Country fans and artists arent killing each other.


Careful there...the Political Correctness Police (formerly The Thought Police)
will be visiting you to warn you about being "judgemental" with these
sort of observations...

One of the groups you mention will think you're "prejudiced"...and it wouldn't
be the Country music fans...

Ah for the good old mellow days of the 1960s and early 1970s, when music stars and
many of their fans would either just overdose or fry their own brains...
or the original country music stars who'd just do too much Jack Daniels or tobacco...
23 posted on 05/22/2003 12:31:04 PM PDT by VOA
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To: FourtySeven
These rapper types shooting each other up is getting a bit out of control. There's got to be something to it that is not evident here...

I never recall Billy Joel trying to off Elton John, or Blue Oyster Cult going after Boston in the 70's.....

24 posted on 05/22/2003 12:33:39 PM PDT by b4its2late
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To: Abe Froman
Furthermore, I think the only reason more rappers don't die is because they're all such bad shots.

You mean, you're not supposed to turn your .25 pea shooter sideways and fire?

25 posted on 05/22/2003 12:34:00 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("It's the same ole story, same ole song and dance, my friend")
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To: Abe Froman
Abe Froman wrote:

Universal Records signed Camoflauge for his follow-up album, "Strictly 4 Da Streets: Sex, Drugs and Violence, Vol. 1."

Touche'.

Is all hope for America lost?

*****************************

Nah. Just a case of "Evolution in Action".

I feel sorry for the little boy, though.

Tia

26 posted on 05/22/2003 12:34:48 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: Gritty
I can't imagine such an item not mentioning the child's mother . Perhaps there is/was no mother?
27 posted on 05/22/2003 12:35:57 PM PDT by arthurus
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To: FourtySeven
Many considered the rapper a role model despite his violent, profanity-laced lyrics and brushes with the law. Savannah high schools would invite Camoflauge to host pep rallies. In 2001, he was invited to appear at a Father's Day celebration at Savannah's Daffin Park.

A time for silence; the world has lost a great person ...

28 posted on 05/22/2003 12:36:10 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: eyespysomething
Many considered the rapper a role model despite his violent, profanity-laced lyrics and brushes with the law.

And what would be wrong with that sentence?

To your typical DIMoWIT probably nothing.

29 posted on 05/22/2003 12:44:26 PM PDT by FourtySeven
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To: Gritty
The wife did it! For real though prayers for his son and those who loved him. Sounds like he made a deal with the devil and the contract was ended. Remember on of the OH GOD movies were the down on his luck musician made a deal with the devil? OTOH maybe warning signs should be posted on the outside of rapper recording studios NOT This place sound like the town I was reaised in seems like a vortex of evil was over it. Pittsburg California. Yuk
30 posted on 05/22/2003 12:48:39 PM PDT by oceanperch (My goal in life is to have white teeth, a Caddy SUV and hang out in the mountains))
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To: FourtySeven
competition
31 posted on 05/22/2003 12:52:13 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: FourtySeven

But, I can still see him!!!

32 posted on 05/22/2003 1:24:35 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: b4its2late
'I never recall Billy Joel trying to off Elton John, or Blue Oyster Cult going after Boston in the 70's.....'

You're assuming that rappers shoot other rappers. Tupac didn't shoot Biggie and vice-versa. Although this guy was not a saint he was making music and trying to do something positive with his life. It's a really a shame, the crabs in a barrel phenomena continues...

33 posted on 05/22/2003 1:28:05 PM PDT by redbone
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To: Abe Froman
Yeah it's funny how the primarily legal gun owners (country music stars and fans) are so restrained concerning gunplay yet the primarily illegal gun owners and users (hip-hop musicians & followers) are so quick to draw and fire.

Assumes facts not in evidence.

34 posted on 05/22/2003 1:29:59 PM PDT by Pahuanui (When a foolish man hears the Tao, he laughs out loud.)
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To: Puppage
Camoflauge Pic:
35 posted on 05/22/2003 1:34:28 PM PDT by 1riot1ranger
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To: FourtySeven
Someone out of state had to have killed him because anyone in Georgia knows about the concealed gun laws on the books in the state Georgia. Killing someone in public is close to suicide in Georgia because people WILL usually return fire.
36 posted on 05/22/2003 1:41:37 PM PDT by Paul C. Jesup
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To: redbone
I guess I assumed wrong them. I thought it was rapper on rapper (sounds like the title of a new rap song..).
37 posted on 05/22/2003 1:41:45 PM PDT by b4its2late
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To: FourtySeven
Apparently the Camoflauge didnt work.
38 posted on 05/22/2003 2:21:24 PM PDT by VaBthang4 (Could someone show me one [1] Loserdopian elected to the federal government?)
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To: Pahuanui
True but I'm quite sure the odds are in my favor on that assumption.
39 posted on 05/23/2003 7:30:23 AM PDT by Abe Froman
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