Uptown Saturday Night by Camp Lo on Apple Music

15 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the most original groups to emerge in the mid-‘90s, Camp Lo (Sonny Cheeba & Geechi Suede) dazzled hip-hop fans with their hyper-stylized rhyme couplets, baffling slanguage, and endless throwback references. Backing their oddball flows and interweaving verses was some seriously brilliant production from North Carolina beat wizard SKI (also known for his work on Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt). At times the Lo seem to be speaking their own language, flossing on the mic while shouting out Blaxploitation cultural touchstones like Cleopatra Jones, Jim Kelly, Foxy Brown, Huggy Bear, Super Fly, and the Poitier/Cosby joints that inspired the title. But even when you're not exactly sure what they're saying, it still sounds great. The album spawned several choice singles; their breakout smash "Luchini - This Is It," the mellow debut "Coolie High," and timeless party jams "Black Nostaljack - Come On" and "Rockin It - Spanish Harlem." A swaggering rap classic if there ever was one.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the most original groups to emerge in the mid-‘90s, Camp Lo (Sonny Cheeba & Geechi Suede) dazzled hip-hop fans with their hyper-stylized rhyme couplets, baffling slanguage, and endless throwback references. Backing their oddball flows and interweaving verses was some seriously brilliant production from North Carolina beat wizard SKI (also known for his work on Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt). At times the Lo seem to be speaking their own language, flossing on the mic while shouting out Blaxploitation cultural touchstones like Cleopatra Jones, Jim Kelly, Foxy Brown, Huggy Bear, Super Fly, and the Poitier/Cosby joints that inspired the title. But even when you're not exactly sure what they're saying, it still sounds great. The album spawned several choice singles; their breakout smash "Luchini - This Is It," the mellow debut "Coolie High," and timeless party jams "Black Nostaljack - Come On" and "Rockin It - Spanish Harlem." A swaggering rap classic if there ever was one.

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About Camp Lo

Bronx rap duo Camp Lo meld hip-hop with jazz sensibilities and funk. After having a hit single, "Coolie High," from The Great White Hype soundtrack in early 1996, Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede released their debut album, Uptown Saturday Night, in February 1997. It went on to hit the Top 30 of the Billboard 200 and the Top Five of the R&B/hip-hop chart. The album was reissued two years later on Arista Records, and the EP Short Eyes followed in 2001. The following year brought their second album, Let's Do It Again. Ski Beatz (David Willis), who had worked with the duo on their previous records as well, returned to produce Black Hollywood, which saw release in 2007. Camp Lo came back with two full-length albums for Soul Fever in 2009: Stone and Rob Caught on Tape arrived in February, with Another Heist following that fall. They teamed up with Pete Rock for the mixtapes 80 Blocks from Tiffany's, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 in 2011, and their sixth proper studio LP, 2015's Ragtime Hightimes, was released via Nature Sounds. In early 2017, Camp Lo and Ski Beatz collected demos and previously unreleased songs from the mid-'90s for On the Way Uptown, issued by Persia Records. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Marcy Donelson

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY [The Bronx]
  • FORMED
    1995

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