Legendary Bronx-bred hip-hop duo Camp Lo burst onto the scene in 1997, when their classic debut album Uptown Saturday Night (and it’s anthemic single “Luchini”) introduced fans to the Lo’s intricate flows and cutting-edge slang editorials. Nearly two decades later, Camp Lo emcees Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba are back with Ragtime Hightimes, a brand new album produced by longtime collaborator Ski Beatz. Although he’s worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Mos Def, Curren$y, Mac Miller, Freddie Gibbs, and many more, Ski has always shared a special creative connection with Camp Lo. “Ski is the third member of the Lo,” explains Suede. “Ain’t no end to it..only new beginnings.” Ragtime Hightimes finds Camp Lo and Ski Beatz pushing past boundaries while staying true to their creative vision. “This piece is different ‘cause we were in a different space,” says Suede. “It’s always gonna be us, just different versions of ourselves. We’re exploring different dimensions in visual sound texture.” While much of their classic material was sample-based, the group is now experimenting with live instrumentation more than ever before. “The originality remains,” adds Cheeba. “There are differences in sound, mostly due to the live instruments.” Overall, the result is a singular piece of “time traveling art” that is sure to resonate for years to come. “This album just feels good,” explains Suede. “It’s our favorite way to feel.” Videos for ‘Bright Lights”, “Life I Love”, X-Seminar” and “You” are on rotation now from the new album Ragtime Hightimes, which is available now at most physical and digital outlets. The Black Connection EP featuring the Black Connection trilogy and two new songs “Make Me Dance” and TNT aka Dynamite Love is also available at all digital outlets and streaming service providers.
GEECHI SUEDE exploded into the consciousness of hip hop and pop culture by co-commandeering the classic mellow hit “Cooley High”, from the movie soundtrack, “The Great White Hype”, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Fox and Woody Harrelson.
What ensued next was touring with De La Soul, releasing the Billboard’s Top 10 smash hit, “Luchini AKA THIS IS IT!!” and the release of one of the most critically acclaimed hip hop albums of all time, Uptown Saturday Night.
Geechi Suede, one half of the dynamic duo, Camp Lo, embarks upon a personal voyage. A voyage which includes experimentation with different sound textures, in an effort to tilt the cosmic scales as he redefines himself artistically. A journey touching on different topics, and showing a more intimate side as he sonically steps…outside.
Be on the lookout for an assortment of new releases and carefully curated collaborations from “the Futuristic Retro Vet”.
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Known for his dialect and wordplay, Sonny Cheeba’s distinctive flow and voice have made him one of the most unique and original characters in Hip-Hop music. His unique delivery landed him a guest appearances on Will Smith’s Big Willie Style LP in the late 90’s as he was tapped to do the hook for “Yes Yes Y’all”. The feel good vibe represented what Camp Lo and Sonny Cheeba are all about. Recently Cheeba has leaked a few of his own solo underground gems and has featured on the song “I’m Me” from The Avalanches LP Wildflower. Because of his vision and ability to mesh the past with the present inside his own language, the Ameretta sippin’ Sonny Cheeba is an icon with his partner Geechie Suede and has helped carve a path that represents all of hip-hop’s elements while still keeping it very Camp Lo. Cheeba and Suede will continue to rep The Boogie Down Bronx and be a distinct voice for Black Culture.
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SKI BEATZ is an artist, legendary record producer, musician and MC originally from North Carolina. New York City’s own Hip-Hop aficionado, DJ CLARK KENT, discovered Ski Beatz during a performance with the “BIZZIE BOYS” after opening up for the legendary MC DANA DANE. Ski Beatz was originally known as “MC WILL-SKI” and was a member of the group “ORIGINAL FLAVOR”, which was the first group, managed by future recording industry executive DAMON DASH. Ski Beatz began to produce music for rap duo, CAMP LO on their first debut album “UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT” which peaked at NUMBER 27 on the BILLBOARD 200 CHART and spawned the hit single, “LUCHINI AKA THIS IS IT” reaching the TOP 5 on the HOT RAP SINGLES CHART. Soon after, Damon Dash commissioned Ski Beatz to work on the debut album of another artist on his roster, JAY Z. Jay Z’s album “REASONABLE DOUBT” marked another major production placement in Ski Beatz career. Ski Beatz produced four tracks off the album, including the hit singles “DEAD PRESIDENTS” which was a commercial success as indicated by its RIAA CERTIFICATION as a GOLD SINGLE and “FEELIN’ IT” the fourth single.
Ski Beatz made his solo debut in 2010 with 24 Hour Karate School. The self-produced album featured verses from Curren$y, Jim Jones, Ras Kaas, Jay Electronica, the Cool Kids, and others. His recent credits include Curren$y’s Pilot Talk 1, 2 & 3 and recently collaborated with Suede and Cheeba for the Nature Sounds release Ragtime Hightimes (2015)
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