A half decade ago, I would have offered to drive the getaway car for the chance to hear a Pete Rock produced tape of new Camp Lo songs. I was all in for the Lo revival of 2007 and then there were perplexing name changes, a solid but unmemorable mixtape of them rhyming over old instrumentals, and non-action. The full length is finally here and there are Mac Miller guest spots and cartoon graphics that feel like a retread of the original Uptown cover. Also, new Pete Rock beats no longer elicit the “Oh shit” excitement they once did.
The good news is there is a MOP guest verse and Suede and Chiba still rap with the same silky smooth futuristic vintage flows. They are one of the greatest duos of all-time and they deserve more attention than for just having an Ab-Soul guest spot on their tape. But at least people are paying attention. New Camp Lo is better than no Camp Lo and I will probably be saying that until I stop looking stupid in a Panama Hat. I’m posting the mixtape and the documentary that inspired this title. If you wanted to know what the Bronx looked like at the dawn of hip-hop, it is essential archeology.
ZIP: Camp Lo – “80 Blocks From Tiffany’s”