Just before Puff Daddy was crowned as the originator of New York’s jiggy sound, there were two voices from the BX that did it before him, (and arguably just as well), but hardly saw the success levels of Sean Combs. Perhaps it was because Camp Lo’s sound was a little more raw than Bad Boy’s overly polished hit formula, or perhaps it was because Camp Lo came out just before hip-hop decided it wanted to “pop Cris”, but anyone who was club-hopping anywhere in the five boroughs around 1996-1997, witnessed drinks in the air to the timeless sounds of “Luchini (This Is It)” and “Black Nostaljack (“Come On”). Five years later, freshly dipped in ‘Gator skin boots, obnoxious leather hats, and stonewashed fadey pants, Camp Lo returns with Let’s Do It Again.
Geechie Suede and Sonny Cheeba have had no problem adapting to today’s sound of commercial rap, mainly because they helped usher it in during hip-hop’s pre-jiggy era. But unlike your typical Trackmasters produced hopefuls or Def Jam backed single of the moment, Camp Lo doesn’t at all sound forced; they have a natural knack for all things flossy. They have a vernacular all their own, and while Lo-Wah is somewhat of an acquired taste, they’ve already proven successful to the BET mainstream with “Glow”, and have several other like moments on the rest of the album.
Many of the same themes from Uptown Saturday Night are revisited on Let’s Do It Again, but as they say, if ain’t broke, don’t fix it. They stick to the script with their trademark black nostalgia of “Let’s Do It Again” and “Sky Box”, and still remain rooted in Good Times / Shaft era 70′s soul on tracks like “Soul Train” and “Macadame”. And seemingly with a taste for pleasing women all over the world, the duo borrows international flavors from Asia (“China Soul”) to Africa (“Gorilla Pimp”), not to mention the Spanish fly-shit (“Black Connect II”).
While Camp Lo’s lyrics may be the type to go in one ear and out the other, and their beats won’t revolutionize the sound of hip-hop anytime soon, the guys definitely have a likable style, and it’s one that they can call all their own. Despite being out of the game for over five years, Camp Lo returns with another solid release, that will most likely please their core fans, if not make a few new ones at the same time. Hopefully they won’t wait another five years before they decide that third time’s a charm.
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