Beyond Curren$y’s refusal to humor the “Doot Doola Doot Doo” outro, my favorite part of his Narduwar interview was watching him geek out at receiving a Camp Lo vinyl. Cheeba and Suede have always been niche favorites who unite ostensibly opposite groups of people. I have friends who know nothing about hip-hop, who still refer to “Luchini” as the greatest song ever written. From Wale to Spitta to Aesop Rock, multiple generations of cryptogram rap have been influenced by the Black Hollywoodites from the Boogie Down. (Even though Wale has totally left their shadow to carry his Bawse’s 1 gram’s worth of weed).
Camp Lo may have been ahead of their time. They were cult artists in an era that valued the crossover. And when Profile was folded into Arista, Clive Davis made it immediately clear that he hadn’t graduated from Coolie High. Their first full project since 2007’s unsung In Black Hollywood, the 80 Blocks for Tiffany’s mixtape finds them rhyming over vintage Pete Rock instrumentals blended by Trackstar the DJ. Intended as an appetizer prior to their full length with the original Boy Wonder, this is quintessential spring music: vivid colors and bubbly on ice, silky days and satin nights, for those who don’t mind nostaljack.
ZIP: Camp Lo – 80 Blocks to Tiffany’s (Left-Click)