Archives

Ski Beatz Admits To Throwing Away An Entire Pre-Reasonable Doubt JAY-Z Album & Big L Music

Hip-Hop lore often provides Heads with stories of triumph, classic moments, and past situations that, at the time, those involved didn't know how legendary they'd be. Sometimes though, disheartening news will emerge when the greats do recall their musical past. RZA's studio was flooded multiple times, which caused the creation... Read more

Finding The GOAT Group: Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth vs. Camp Lo. Who Is Better?

“Finding the GOAT Group,” the fourth installment of Ambrosia For Heads’s annual battle series features Hip-Hop’s greatest collectives vying for the #1 spot. Sixty-two groups have been pre-selected by a panel of experts, and one slot will be reserved for a wild-card entry, including the possibility for write-in candidates, to... Read more

Geechi Suede Climbs Fishnet Skyscrapers To Reach Love’s Top Floor (Video)

On "7 Digit Dolls," Camp Lo's Geechi Suede celebrates the romantic interests in his world, adding some romantic flavor to his recently launched solo catalog. It's the first taste from his forthcoming mixtape, Fishnet Skyscrapers, which officially drops on April 4. Just a few months removed from the release of his... Read more

Camp Lo’s Debut Album Turns 20 Today. Hear The Demo That Got Them Uptown (Audio)

Today (January 28) marks the twentieth anniversary of Camp Lo's Uptown Saturday Night debut. The Profile Records LP was a carryover from the 1996 success of retro-flare single "Luchini (This Is It)." That track, produced by Ski Beatz (coming off his Jay Z Reasonable Doubt and Original Flavor waves) made... Read more

This Is It. Hear Camp Lo’s Original “Luchini” Demo. They Have New Grooves Too. (Audio)

After a very busy 2016, Camp Lo recently released some pre-Uptown Saturday Night demo recordings, On The Way Uptown. It features this demo version of "This Is It (Luchini)." Presumably recorded in 1995-1996, this is the Ski Beatz-produced material that would catch Profile Records' attention, and make Sonny Cheeba and... Read more

Camp Lo’s Geechi Suede Kicks An Amazing Freestyle & It’s Deeper Than Rap (Video)

Camp Lo’s Geechi Suede is one of the game’s more consistent lyricists. Without losing a breath, the seasoned Bronx, New York veteran delivers an incredible fast-flow verse, firing off bars like an automatic weapon with a “broken safety.” Using an intricate, multi-syllabic rhyme scheme and his signature highly-coded poetic wordplay,... Read more

Camp Lo’s Geechi Suede Releases His 1st Solo Album & Uses His Luchini For A Limozini (Video)

Camp Lo has been making music for more than 20 years. While mid-1990s duo contemporaries of theirs such as Tha Dogg Pound or Tha Luniz have created more music apart than together, Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba have kept their duo in heavy focus. If anything, Camp Lo has stayed... Read more

Camp Lo’s Geechi Suede Is Sent From The Past To Show Us The Future (Video)

Camp Lo’s Geechi Suede has consistently rocked innovative, intricate and sparingly abstract rhyme schemes since “Coolie High,” and solo build-out “Sound of View” is no exception. Spacey synths and uptempo break-beat-backed drums provide a fitting ambience for the Bronx lyricist to showcase his “retro-futuristic” style—managing to pull off avant-garde with... Read more

Camp Lo Make Timeless Hip-Hop. With 2 Great Tracks, This Video Doubles Down

In the twentieth year as an act with an album out, Camp Lo has only ramped it up in 2016. They've released a few unique items, including appearing on an incredible song (and music video) with The Avalanches, and started building out solo work. If that's not enough, Sonny Cheeba... Read more

Camp Lo’s Sonny Cheeba & The Avalanches Make A Video That’s Erupts In Cool

Since their mid-1990s inception, Camp Lo has stood for retro cool. Even down to their names, Geechie Suede and Sonny Cheeba have a flare for 1960s and 1970s coolness. They possess unique slang, bold fashion, and confidence that radiated throughout debut Uptown Saturday Night. Like the films and other art... Read more

Andre 3000, Nas, Method Man & More Made Sure Hip-Hop Did Not Fall In September (Audio)

September is always a month of change. More than just the Fall season, it brings back to school, the return of the NFL, a blitz of new TV shows and several other things that signal a changing of the winds. For Hip-Hop, September of 2016 held one of the biggest... Read more

Camp Lo & A 10-Piece Horn Section Sound Rich Like Luchini (Audio)

After more than 20 years of making music, Camp Lo is nothing if not experimental. The team of Sonny Cheeba and Geechie Suede are gifted in their ability blend retro style (and slang) with futuristic thinking. Even after two handfuls of albums and several side projects, the Uptown Saturday Night... Read more

Here’s What Biggie Would Have Sounded Like On Kanye West Tracks (Audio)

Last week, a Kanye West beat tape surfaced from 1997. While Kanye would land placements on records by Foxy Brown and Jermaine Dupri a year later, he had yet to break through in '97. Still, the beats contained on the tape showed the promise of what was to come from... Read more

J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Invites Camp Lo, Mack Wilds & Rick Ross to Dance & the Result is Money (Audio)

The League calling themselves Just Undeniably Some of the Illest Composers Ever have been establishing their own brand of superheroism for more than ten years, ever since scoring their first major production breakthroughs with Mary J. Blige's "No One Will Do" (which helped them nab a Grammy Award for Best... Read more

Prince Paul Slices Into A Stack Of Wax By Camp Lo, Inspectah Deck & Big L (Mix)

It's been since April that the devastating Prince Paul gave Heads another latest installment of It's Not The Size Of Your Mix, It's How You Use It. The free-form mix series by the Stetsasonic/Gravediggaz member returns, with #4. Clocking just under 40 minutes, this version finds the onetime Tommy Boy... Read more

Camp Lo’s Fashion & Luxury Transportation Suits Their Style (Video)

Sonny Cheeba and Geechie Suede are masters of nostalgia. The veteran Hip-Hop duo Camp Lo, joined by longtime mentor/producer Ski Beatz has a knack for channeling '70s slang, '60s film, and '80s New York City. From their 2015 Nature Sounds LP, Ragtime Hightimes, the duo delivers the video for "Life... Read more

Listen to the Best Hip-Hop of May 2015 in One Playlist (Audio)

The month of May in Hip-Hop brought the return of some MCs who had been gone for a while and a return to form for some who sought renewed inspiration. There were a slew of 90s freestyles, as well as some previously unreleased tracks that leaked from the vaults. Whatever... Read more

Chris Rivers & Denzil Porter Hold A Lyrical Stick-Up, So Run Your Bars (Video)

It's prime season for "Lootchini." Chris Rivers and Denzil Porter took their Camp Lo-borrowing update, and produce a visual. Perhaps a small nod to Point Break, the pair of lethal MCs flaunt presidential masks as they hold a heist for the dead presidents, at a city building. They take their... Read more

Camp Lo Wear Their Sunglasses While Shining 20 Years In (Audio)

The dynamic Bronx, New York duo Camp Lo share their track "Sunglasses" off their newly-released album Ragtime Hightimes. Sonny Cheeba and Geechie Suede have joined forces with their longtime producer/mentor Ski Beatz on their newest track, who entirely produced The Lo's latest LP. "Sunglasses" has that "Luchini AKA This Is It" groovy vibe, which was the... Read more

Camp Lo Present The Ups & Downs Of A Relationship In Their Latest Ski Beatz Collaboration (Video)

Camp Lo and Ski Beatz have been collaborating for almost 20 years. We first heard Sonny Cheeba, Geechie Suede and Ski combine forces on the groovy 1997 album, Uptown Saturday Night. They subsequently went on to make three more projects together, before venturing in a new direction with 2009's Stone... Read more

Chris Rivers And Denzil Porter Mint Lyrical Gold on Lootchini (Audio)

Being the son of the highly-respected late MC Big Pun, it is no surprise that Chris Rivers is a lyrical wizard. With Denzil Porter alongside, the two New York MC's drop some catchy wordplay in a freestyle over Camp Lo's classic "Luchini" instrumental. Rivers and Porter show us that their rhyming capabilities are as polished... Read more

Camp Lo Re-Team With Luchini Producer Ski Beatz on Black Jesus (Audio)

Camp Lo is in tact with their original mentor/producer Ski Beatz. However, the upcoming Ragtime Hightimes (May 19) is not a regurgitation of that Uptown Saturday Night sound. Instead, "Black Jesus" is just the latest example of Sonny Cheeba and Geechie Suede's ability to flex new styles. The 20-plus-year pair... Read more

Do Remember: De La Soul & Camp Lo’s So Good (Audio)

Since Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force, Tommy Boy Records has been in on the ground floor of helping out Heads "looking for the perfect beat." Tom Silverman's independent label may have started with Dance music roots, but the label proved to be one of the truly trustworthy imprints, supplying... Read more

Camp Lo’s Futuristic Flows Get A Visual Treatment To Match (Video)

Since the Profile Records, Uptown Saturday Night days, Camp Lo has created this world intersecting the future with the past. Geechie Suede and Sonny Cheeba, as their names have always suggested, are inspired by the 1970s New York City. From slang to album covers to strong cinematic references, these guys... Read more

2015 Dilla Weekend Hits Miami – Madlib, Joey Bada$$, Slum Village & More To Rock

After years of ongoing festivities, Dilla Day has now become Dilla Weekend. The family-sanctioned event honoring late producer/MC James "J Dilla" Yancey (a/k/a Jay Dee) has expanded and relocated to Miami, Florida. On February 5, 6, 7, and 8, the affair will take place in Dade County, with weekend-long tickets... Read more

Do Remember: Original Flavor & Jay Z’s Can I Get Open? (Video)

In the story of Roc-A-Fella Records, there is often an under-played element in the story: Ski Beatz. A Greensboro, North Carolina native, Ski (as he was known for more than a decade) hailed from the group Original Flavor. Previously, he was in The Bizzie Boys. Joined by Suave Lover, the... Read more

The Week in Video Brought New Redman, Camp Lo, Curren$y, Your Old Droog, M.O.P., Mac Miller & More (Video Playlist)

The week in video brought closure on the mystery of Your Old Droog, freestyles from Redman, G-Unit and Freddie Gibbs, and new music videos from M.O.P., Camp Lo, Mac Miller, Jhene Aiko, Lecrae and Curren$y. See it all and more in this video playlist. Related: Last Week in Video Featured... Read more

Camp Lo Uses Some Classic Hip-Hop Iconography To Host X Seminar (Video)

Camp Lo are veteran masters of back-to-the-future Hip-Hop. Whether it was 1970s street slang decorating the raps of Sonny and Geechie, or it was the artwork, the album themes, or Ski Beatz' illustrious samples, this duo has always had a portal to the past. However, along the way, it was... Read more

Camp Lo’s Ski Beatz Reunion Has Some Back To The Future Feel To It (Audio)

While they publicly previewed some samplings previously, Camp Lo's reunion with producer Ski Beatz is underway. Today, the Nature Sounds Records artists unveiled the first full, finished glimpse of their upcoming album. "Cold Retarded" features an antiquated expression that Biz Markie and Roxanne Shante helped make famous. However, the sound... Read more

Camp Lo & Ski Beatz Confirm A Reunion Album, Preview Some Joints From The Studio (Video)

For over three albums, Bronx duo Camp Lo closely worked with Ski Beatz. Ski, who hailed from Original Flavor, was also working closely with Jay Z and Roc-A-Fella Records at the time of 1996's Uptown Saturday Night album. Ski, Geechie Suede, and Sonny Cheeba have worked together again, into the... Read more

Got BARS? These MC’s Do. Here Are The Best Freestyles of 2013 (Video)

There are few things more satisfying in Hip-Hop than a killer verse. It's why Kendrick Lamar shook up the Internet for 3 weeks (an eternity these days) with his Control verse...and then again with his BET Cypher. We've assembled a collection of the best freestyles (mostly "writtens") of 2013. Check... Read more

Pete Rock & Camp Lo Perform “Luchini” & More

Certain songs are just time machines. Camp Lo and Pete Rock recently sat down with Heather B of the Sway In the Morning radio show to discuss their recently-released 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s Pt. II. As if that weren’t enough, Camp Lo also decide bless the mic with a live... Read more

AFH: The Week in Video (8/11/13) (Video Playlist)

This week's video wrap up features a groovy new video by Schoolboy Q featuring Kendrick Lamar, freestyles from Lord Finess and Camp Lo, Tony Touch showing off his vinyl collection and Jean Grae putting it down with Mobetta. Check it out below. Related: AFH: The Week in Video (8/3/13) (Video... Read more

Camp Lo – Toca Tuesdays Freestyle (Video)

This is it...Camp Lo drops a flame verse on Tony Touch's Toca Tuesdays Freestyles (along with a few ad libs from Pete Rock). Check out the video. Related: Pete Rock & Camp Lo – 80 Blocks from Tiffany’s, Pt. II (Mixtape)... Read more

Pete Rock & Camp Lo – 80 Blocks from Tiffany’s, Pt. II (Mixtape)

Here's a brand new mixtape from Pete Rock & Camp Lo. With Pete Rock beats, Camp Lo flows and guest verses from Talib Kweli, M.O.P., Ab-Soul and more, the Summer just got (MUCH) hotter. You can listen to and download 80 Blocks from Tiffany's (Pt. II) below. Related: Pete Rock... Read more

Pete Rock & Camp Lo – Clean Getaway ft Uncle Murda

Need some boom bap? Here's another banger from Pete Rock and Camp Lo. Check out Clean Getaway featuring Uncle Murda. Related: Pete Rock & Camp Lo – Megan Good ft Mac Miller (Audio)... Read more

Pete Rock & Camp Lo – Megan Good ft Mac Miller

Now THIS is a crazy combination. Mac Miller joins Pete Rock and Camp Lo on the first release off their forthcoming 80 Blocks From Tiffany's Pt II LP. Check out Megan Good. Related: Pete Rock & Camp Lo - 80 Blocks From Tiffany's (Mixtape)... Read more

DECODED: Camp Lo – Coolie High

Decoded goes retro in the latest edition. Check out the video of Camp Lo breaking down Coolie High. Related: Pete Rock & Camp Lo - Mic Check (Video)... Read more

AFH: The Sweet 16 Playlist (Audio)

As you gear up for the NCAA Sweet 16, here's another type of sweet 16. Check out 16 of the best hip-hop songs from 16 years ago--1997 to be exact. You'll hear music from Biggie, Jay-Z, 2Pac, Scarface, Mos Def, Busta Rhymes, Tha Dogg Pound, KRS-One, Camp Lo, The Firm,... Read more

Hip-Hop may never have been anything more than a fad without Profile Records, the 6th most important hip-hop record label of all time.

#6 Profile Records Founded in 1981 by Steve Plotnicki and Cory Robbins, Profile Records was the first label to establish hip-hop with the mainstream as an enduring genre. There had been some hit singles, previously, but Profile was the first record label to have a rap album certified gold (500,000+... Read more

Here’s a new joint from 80 Blocks from Tiffany’s (Pete Rock & Camp Lo) ft Rapper Big Pooh. Nuff Said.

Check out Booming System.  80 Blocks from Tiffany's dropped an album in March (click here to download it).  Booming System is from their forthcoming album. Click here to download.... Read more

Jay-Z has helped put on a LOT of producers. Very few can say they helped put him on. Ski Beatz is one of them…

The latest installment of our Producer Series is dedicated to the music of the legendary Ski Beatz. If you like Reasonable Doubt-era Jay-Z and Curren$y's Pilot Talk series, this one is for you. Ski Beatz was one of the primary sonic architects of all those projects. He also did one... Read more

Camp Lo resurfaced recently with Pete Rock for the 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s Mixtape.

They have a sequel to that mixtape forthcoming that features other producers.  Check out their first leak from that project, Tall Glasses, produced by Smoking Apples. Click here to download and click here for 80 Blocks From Tiffany's, Part 1, featuring Camp Lo rhyming over classic Pete Rock tracks.... Read more

Pete Rock and Camp Lo dropped a mixtape called 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s a couple of weeks ago. Here’s the first video from their upcoming album of the same name.

Check out Mic Check. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC24lKyAhEI&feature=player_embedded Click here if you missed the mixtape.... Read more

It’s a great release day for hip-hop legends. In addition to Snoop Dogg, Pete Rock and Camp Lo just dropped a mixtape for 80 Blocks from Tiffany’s.

When you add the release of E-40's Revenue Releasin': Graveyard Shift, it's a real Super Tuesday. Click below to listen to and download the Pete Rock/Camp Lo mixtape and click here for a playlist with some of Pete Rock's best joints. Download Mixtape... Read more

If you are down with hip-hop from the 90’s, get ready. Pete Rock and Camp Lo are about to release a project together.

It's called 80 Blocks From Tiffany's and below are the intro and a song called Mic Check to whet your appetite for that good cookin'. In addition to the reference to the South Bronx, an interesting tidbit about the title of the album is it's a reference to the title... Read more