It’s hard out here for older rappers.It’s almost as if disrespecting the elders is part of the game now. But that’s not really the reason so few of my hero’s from the 90’s are no longer around. The honest truth is that most rappers get old and lose their edge. It’s not even a matter of adapting with the times. It’s a case of a person clearly falling out of love with their craft. Mailing it in. Some are so talented they can ride that wave for a while but the majority of bored old rappers sound exactly like what they are. What rappers , who were around in the 90’s are even remotely relevant now? El=p is doing great. Jay-z still makes hits somehow. Doom? Masta Ace seems still capable of making good music but his fan base was never that huge to begin with. That’s about it. But then you got a group like Camp Lo and that upsets this whole theory. Camp Lo had one very popular song on a great album that dropped in 97.
After that, it seemed people stopped caring on a larger level. Why? i really don’t know cause, quite honestly, these dudes have been steadily dropping dope shit ever since. Sure, it’s on a smaller scale and somewhat under the radar but, unlike their peers, they’ve pushed forward without losing their vitality.So, today, we have a new song off their upcoming album “RagTime hightimes”. An album produced entirely by Ski , who did their debut as well. The song is called “Black Jesus”.
Let’s give it a spin, shall we?
Thanks to wonders of google (and my fleeting memory), I just looked up how long ago Camp Lo’s debut album, Uptown saturday Night, dropped. 1997. Honestly, I would have guessed it came out earlier but maybe that just goes to show how timeless an album it is. But, still, 17 years is a long time. In one year, we will all be able to have consensual sex with that album in all 50 states of the US. That’s a big deal. Anyway, I bring that up because I feel Camp Lo is one of the more down low consistent groups of all time. Sure, all their albums post “Uptown Saturday Night”, may have slipped under the radar but, quality wise, they’ve never really faltered. Not only that, but they’re also a group that I can confidently say have never sounded like anyone else. Or dressed like anyone else, for that matter.
Well, it’s 2014 and apparently they have a new album dropping on Nature sounds records. An album entirely produced by legendary beat maker Ski Beats. The same dude who did all of Uptown Saturday Night. As a fan, I’m pretty excited about the whole thing. The first song leaked off it this week and I’m wondering what your take on it is. What do you think?
Black Connection II By Camp Lo
Never mind the pic above, these motherfuckers can rap.
Most people know Camp lo for their awesome debut album “Uptown Saturday Night” but it seems like very few people out there are even aware of their highly slept on second album “Let’s do it again”. It was a more dance driven affair musically but , rhyme wise, it was classic Camp Lo.
This Song is one of my favorites from that album.