Once Popular Rapper Releases Anthony Edwards Diss Track in Response to Adidas Ad

Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves
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The day after Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs, Adidas released a commercial where Ant is shooting around by himself, as receipts are being printed off and read to him one-by-one.

In the commercial, one receipt read off to Ant was said by a rapper who hit his peak back in the early to mid 2000s, named Cam’ron (Cameron Giles). It reads, “To me, [Anthony Edwards] is an All-Star, but not a superstar yet.” To that, Edwards laughs and says, “Fu**, buddy”. Remember that phrase.

We wrote about the above commercial, when it dropped. In summary, it was a clever play on the often used metaphor where someone “keeps receipts” from those who doubt or question them; then use those metaphopical “receipts” as motivation to prove their doubters (or haters) wrong.

Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Anthony Edwards vs once popular rapper Cam’ron

Oh, you don’t know who Cam’ron is? Well, that wouldn’t have been a question twenty years ago. Back then, everyone who was anyone knew who Cam’ron was, whether you lived in the city, in the suburbs or in rural Minnesota, like me (see below).

About half of the people who watch the above Adidas advertisement on social media, when it first dropped, probably weren’t even alive when Cam’ron was a thing. But when the the now 48-year-old Cam’ron saw it, he felt disrespected and couldn’t let it stand.

In 2024, Cam’ron hosts a sports podcast called ‘It is What It is‘, with another rap name that might sound familiar, “Mase“. This week, he used that platform to respond to Ant’s commercial. How, you ask? How all right-minded rap artists respond when challenged, of course. By releasing an Anthony Edwards diss track.

“What the f*ck wrong with Ant Man? Gave him his props, homie got love from me. New commercial, y’all ain’t got love for me? He shot a jump shot and said ‘f*ck buddy’. The receipt reader looking like your f*ck buddy. And trust buddy, I ain’t one to judge buddy, but he sitting there glazing at you like, ‘I love hubby’…”

“Luka send you home on your home court. Get him an Uber, I don’t know what y’all thought. Adidas, I’m blaming you, this is your fault.”

Cam’ron diss track against Anthony Edwards

The above clip is the last 1:30 of his prewritten (possibly pre-recorded) bars, but it includes the vast majority of his hate for Edwards. I listened to the entire song and, in all honesty, it might be the best thing Cam’ron has written and/or released in 20 years. Not only is the flow of this track impressive, but the rhymes are clever and topical.

If he weren’t dragging my favorite basketball player on my favorite team, I might even download this track on from an illegal music library and burn it to a blank CD. Oh speaking of that, let’s tell the kids more about who Cam’ron is… or who he was.

Who is Cam’ron and when was he cool?

The year is 2002, a 13-year-old me just got home from a hard day of roaming the halls at Little Falls Community Middle School, and there is one mission in mind. Before my parents get home (45-ish minutes), I need to fire up the family desktop computer, get it connected to the internet and download a list of songs I just spent three of my four afternoon classes solidifying that same day.

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Once downloaded, I needed to burn those songs onto a blank CD that I could listen to on repeat for a week or two. Then, I’d do the exact same thing all over again. But it had to get done before my parents got home from work because some all of the songs were rather inappropriate for a 13 year old. That wasn’t an easy task back then, when downloads took 5-10 minutes each and failed way more often than they succeeded.

Two of the songs on my list that Spring, 2002 were “Hey Ma” and “Oh Boy” by then 26-year-old rising rapper, Cam’ron. Both bangers came on his third studio album, ‘Come Home with Me’. At the time, both songs were all over MTV, and playing on every single radio station in the country able to pass itself off as pop/rap.

Without a doubt, Cam’ron and Juelz Santana sat on top of the music world for a couple of years, before both guys pretty much fell of the face of that same planet. While Cam’ron has continued to release albums every two or three years, the hits stopped coming a long time ago.

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Not only is Cam’ron a former star rapper, he used to be able to hoop too. Unfortunately, a poor academic record made that childhood dream difficult to fulfill, which is why he and Mase both turned to rap music (and drug dealing).

I don’t know if Cam’ron needs to be beefing with 22-year-old NBA players, but then again why not take advantage of the publicity. No doubt he still has it.

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