PREMIERE: Mir Fontane Reveals ‘Camden’ to the World
"It's a mixture of personal stories and some untold stories of my peers, dead and alive."
Last week we wrote a bit about Camden, New Jersey, through the lens of visual artists the Super Poor Kids. The two had created some custom gear for another local creative, the rapper Mir Fontane. Today Mir fills in many more details about his troubled hometown on the new mixtape, Camden, which he’s premiering here before its official release tomorrow.
“The album tells a story about the love/hate relationship a 24-year-old kid has with his dangerous and poor hometown,” he tells MASS APPEAL. “It’s a mixture of personal stories and some untold stories of my peers, dead and alive.”
People were prepped with what to expect from the Southside with tracks like “Down By The River,” which told a vivid tale of brass bullet shells glittering in the air like stars. True stories like this punctuate the tape, although they’re anonymized and blended together to keep them relatable and also so nobody could be implicated. It’s not glorification, it’s just fact. Mir delved into his art as a means of avoiding the trap so many in his area fell into, and he came up with a style that should compel people to listen.
News stories about Camden are plentiful, but most of the country hasn’t paid attention. Through a sense of musicality, personality, style, and penmanship, Mir has painted the city in a way people will want to look. Take a listen below.