Tuesday, May 27, 2008

R.I.P. Camu.........

Camu Tao (//www.myspace.com/camuturbo) from Columbus, Ohio passed away earlier today due to complications from an ongoing bought with lung cancer. Camu was crucial in putting Columbus on the map with his brilliant, futuristic production, and in the pocket off-kilter flow as shown with the MHz, SA Smash, and the Weathermen as well as his solo work. He was just extemely gifted. (source)

Tero Smith aka Camu Tao was diagnosed with lung cancer 2 years ago and had been undergoing chemotherapy. Tao was pronounced dead at a Columbus, OH hospital.
Tao was a member of Columbus, Ohio's MHz crew with Copywrite, RJD2, Jakki Tha MotaMouth & Tage Proto, The Nighthawks with fellow Definitive Jux artist Cage, the Weathermen and the duo S.A. Smash.

El-P posted the following on his blog about the passing:"Angel. Today, at around 2pm, our dear friend, family member and musical collaborator Tero "CAMU TAO" Smith passed away in his home town of Columbus, Ohio. Tero had been quietly fighting for his life for the last year and a half after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

To those who knew Tero, he was an almost uncategorizable force of nature. Wild, hilarious, proud, loving, tough, outspoken, spontaneous and brilliant. He wore his heart on his sleeve and he dripped creativity, leaving inspiration and awe in the hearts and minds of anyone who was fortunate enough to see him work.

We, his friends and family, have truly had our collective hearts broken by his passing. Not only because of the loss of our friend, but because of the loss of his contribution to those who never knew what we knew about his talent and his potential. He was the secret that no one wanted to keep and we always knew that one day his vision and his heart could change music forever the way he changed all of our lives.

His departure from us all 1 month away from his 31st birthday is nothing less than a tragedy… nothing less than a crime. he was a gift to us all and he is irreplaceable. Rest in peace, Mu. We will love you forever. May god bless you and your family.

R.I.P. Tero "CAMU TAO" Smith born 6/26/77, passed 5/25/08 sincerely, jaime "el-p" meline (on behalf of many, many wonderful and broken hearted friends)"Tero Smith aka Camu Tao was 30. (source)

I remember Camu back from when I was in high school. I haven't seen him in years but when a person has such an infectious, wonderful personality, they are very easy to remember. I alwyas remember him smiling and having a good time and just always being surrounded by good folks who shared the same love of real hip-hop as he did. I also remember Camu always rocking the flyest ish. His style and swag were all his own- even back then (about 10 years ago) when I didn't even know what "swag" was!!!! R.I.P. Camu. You will truly be missed. My condolences go out to his friends, family, and the members of his crew.

3 Stylish Folk With Something To Say:

michelle said...

oh thats my birthday except i was born in 79.... OMG R.I.P, thats really touching for you to do a tribute to him on ur blog.

Razzi said...

Thanks girl. He is really, truly going to be missed by everyone. The blog was the least I could do to honor his life and memory

Cafe Fidel said...

Camu and Copywrite were the first hip hop acts (not counting Lil Bow Wow) with a record deal. I can still picture them (how can anyone forget Copywrite's red afro on that lanky 6'6 frama) walking through Northland Mall.

He was good people.

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