Camp Lo

Setting aside for a second the fact that “Luchini” is one of my favorite rap songs of all time, just about everything hip-hop duo Camp Lo stands for is musically agreeable.  So what in the name of Jerusalem is “musically agreeable” supposed to mean?  In this case, it means that these guys are completely entertaining to listen to.

camplo2Their Dr. Seussical wordplay might not always make sense, but it does always spill forth like a lyrical lazy river in easy-falling rain.  In “Luchini,” for example, I have no idea what they’re talking about, but the flow and the beat make the ride worthwhile.  For example, you might read this:

“Introducin’ phantom of the dark
“Walk through my heaven with levitation
“From efficient
“And these leathers showboatin’ with Rugars
“Flash vines Belafonte vigor.
“Lets get for what it’s worth
“As we confiscate your figures.”

And when you were done reading, you probably felt kind of confused.  I know I sure was.  But did that stop me from listening to the song over and over again?  No, because it sounds awesome.  It’s musically agreeable.  You see where I’m going with this?

In 1997’s “Uptown Saturday Night,” which featured “Luchini” and their first big hit, “Coolie High,” the Camp Lo boys mix together an experimental rapping style with decidedly ‘70s-heavy beats.  Sampling was all the rage in the late 1990′s after all, thanks to one Daddy of Puff, but Camp Lo put a different spin on it, going for a more classic feel than a poppy one.

Twelve years later, Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba are still doing their thing, and their disco-era funk vibe is still heavy on the new album, “Another Heist,” but with a more modern twist.  Stylistically they’ve always been really unique, and this new album pumps out more of the sort of delicious tracks we’re accustomed to from these guys, like “Uptown,” “Get ‘Em Lo,” and “Bionic,” among others.

So like I said, I dig these guys.  It’s easy to joke about them being agreeable, but in reality they’re much more than that.  They’re one of rap’s best-kept secrets, and for as long as they keep putting out good music, I’ll allow them to keep confiscating my figures.

About the Author

Joel Brigham writes about stuff. It’s pretty much all he cares about. Stuff like music and more music. But he mostly cares about music. And also music.

Comments are closed.