When Camu Tao died from lung cancer two years ago, he left behind countless friends, loved ones and admirers, not to mention one of this city's more impressive musical legacies. The man born Tero Smith was a serial collaborator, teaming with a murderer's row of local and national talent in groups including MHz, S.A. Smash, Central Services and the Nighthawks.

When Camu Tao died from lung cancer two years ago, he left behind countless friends, loved ones and admirers, not to mention one of this city's more impressive musical legacies. The man born Tero Smith was a serial collaborator, teaming with a murderer's row of local and national talent in groups including MHz, S.A. Smash, Central Services and the Nighthawks.

If those projects established his skills as a rapper and producer, the posthumous solo album "King of Hearts" shows Camu's peculiar talents couldn't be summed up so concisely.

Built from demos and home recordings, the record is anything but purebred hip-hop. Rather, it's mostly aggressive, soulful synth-pop in league with the cartoon insanity of Andre 3000, Hugs & Kisses and "808s and Heartbreak"-era Kanye West. This was an artist not content to rest on his laurels.

Camu's legendary friend and collaborator El-P, whose mostly dormant Definitive Jux label is co-releasing "King of Hearts" with Fat Possum, will host Monday's release party at Skully's.