The 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s conglomerate of Camp Lo and Pete Rock, plus Rapper Big Pooh, do a slight hat-tip to LL with this new burner. I’m not at all unhappy with the fact that many of these 80 Blocks joints have been recognizable/non-rare samples flipped again…the slanguage and flow are just that futuristic to balance it all out.
80 Blocks From Tiffany’s “Booming System” (Feat. Rapper Big Pooh, Prod. by Pete Rock)
Camp Lo and Pete Rock bang out a new 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s joint (for the next installment of the “mixtape” series). Classic Pete Rock sample being flipped again? Check…but, it’s really a more basement-like approach where the cats throw on the instrumental side of The Ambassadors‘ 45 for “I Ain’t Got The Love” and rock. It was bound to happen soon. Funny thing is, that very 45, from 1969, literally fell into my hands the day this came out (earlier this week).
80 Blocks From Tiffanys (Camp Lo & Pete Rock) “No Hook (Ambassador’s Theme)”
From Camp Lo‘s deep archives… this video, off 2009′s Another Heist, went unreleased for reasons unknown. Vintage visuals (in the vein of those ill cops & robbers joints of the 80′s) directed and produced by March 5th and Mark DiVita.
“Black Connection 3″ (Produced by Ski Beatz)
I gotta break this album out again… cats are stupid nice.
Ladies and gents, the precursor to the Camp Lo & Pete Rock collaboration, 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s, has been put out for public consumption. This release of new bangers, blends, and lesser-known Lo’ah gems is seamlessly thrown together by DJ’s Trackstar and Mark Divita (with most of the production handled by The Soul Brother #1, himself). I’ll let the guys responsible for the mixtape’s release, The Smoking Section, do the rest of the talking…
This tape does double duty. It reminds us of Camp Lo’s sometimes slept-on lyrical talent while serving hardcore fans with appetizers off the forthcoming full-length…
While we’re always fans of new material, it’s the hidden gems from Camp Lo’s earlier days that stand out. The Marvin Gaye sampled “Sandman,” stands out—a soulful reinterpretation exposition on Camp Lo’s love for women (plural). The focus on sampling and lyrical proficiency recalls a style fundamental to Hip-Hop, but in some ways passing us by. As distant descendants of Native Tongues, both Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede fit comfortably with this genre, mixing classic sounds with their own brand of off-the-wall, multi-syllabic rhymes. Should be interesting to see what they can do over a full stable of Pete Rock joints.
While we’re on the topic of classic shit from the Diamond Crooks…looky what I stumbled upon today.
Yeah man…those were the days when BET was actually watch’able. Peep Mya in the tan(?) sweater on the right side at the end of the crowd on stage (she got her start as a background dancer and “correspondent” on here…was another reason why I watched back in my wonder years). I miss sitting down on a Saturday and being blessed by a gem of a performance on Teen Summit. More on that later…
80 Blocks From Tiffany’s (aka Camp Lo & Pete Rock) bless our bloody ears with some of that high potent newness, thankfully. You can’t tell me this project (mixtape plus album) won’t be one of the best things to be released in the last handful of years! Fuck you.
I’ve got wild posts to post up. Listen and enjoy…fuck gossip videos. Your rap is like wrestling. This is real healthy.
Camp Lo is working on some special things for 2011. This here is just a teaser off an upcoming, pre-album mixtape with DJ Trackstar, featuring freestyles over (mostly) Pete Rock classics (I say mostly since there’s rumor that some new exclusives and/or remixes will be featured on said mixtape as well). Here they take turns tearing chunks out of the intro to “Straighten It Out”…and if you ask me, the funked out opener is much more of an ideal fit for their OG stylings than the actual joint CL rhymed over back in ’92. Once again, the Lo demonstrates how they are masters of the language.
Just a quick note, Geechi and Cheeba’s new full-length will feature them performing under a new name, 80 Blocks From TIffany’s, as they have recruited Pete Rock to make up the final component of the group. This means all of the production will be handled by the Soul Brother (!!!).
I’ve been preaching this whole “rappers need to make albums with only one or two producers” shit for a while now…glad some people are feeling the same way and acting on it.
80 Blocks From Tiffany’s (Camp Lo & Pete Rock) “Jimmy Page”
Folks, earlier it was stated that the cinematic slang vets from the X, Camp Lo, were appointed to appear on Curren$y’s Pilot Talk II. Well, the finished product revealed a different outcome in regard to two of the three big name cameos to make the joint…Raekwon, thankfully, was present…but no Camp Lo (nor Badu). Now, that doesn’t take away from Spitta’s full length though…pick that up NOW, you’ll thank me yesterday…just would loved to have heard that collaboration happen, especially in line with the zone the rest of the album boasts. It would have been especially fresh since (history lesson ahead) Ski was Camp Lo’s original go-to-guy for the beats (perhaps he always has been)…and now he handles most of Curren$y’s production (with the live musicianship of The Sensei’s). Ah, I’m sure it’ll happen one day (if it hasn’t already)…and if/when it does, you’ll get it here with the quickness.
“Back Uptown” (Feat. Camp Lo, Produced by Ski Beatz)
For now, enjoy the above-posted Camp Lo & Ski track you may have not yet heard…off of Ski’s 24 Hour Karate School. I hear this and can’t help but think that NYC needs to learn a little from our Japanese friends in regard to accepting a little challenge in their rap music. These dudes have like 3 more albums overseas than out here…the fuck is that?! I’ll stop before conspiracy mode kicks in.