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Camp Lo

The hip-hop duo Camp Lo was formed in the Bronx, New York in 1995 and participated in the first major wave of hip-hop music that fused funk and jazz samples and rhythms with New York rap lyricism. The group consisted of Sonny Cheeba (Salahadeen Wilds) and Geechi Suede (Saladine Wallace), both of whom were raised in the Islamic faith. Its first success came when the song “Coolie High” was featured on the soundtrack to the 1996 sports comedy film The Great White Hype, directed by Reginald Hudlin. The soundtrack also boasted tracks by various Wu-Tang Clan members, E-40, Jaime Foxx, and the Insane Clown Posse. In 1997 Camp Lo released its debut album, Uptown Saturday Night, through the Arista-distributed label Profile Records. The album and its first single, “Luchini AKA This Is It,” were both produced by the then-unknown producer Ski, who was taken off the project to assist in the production of Jay-Z’s debut album Reasonable Doubt (1996). Uptown Saturday Night reached number 27 on the US Billboard 200 chart and served as influence for many late 1990s and early 2000s hip-hop icons, who drew inspiration from the album’s sound, which was steeped in 1970s musical styles. A second album, Let’s Do It Again, was released in 2001 through Dymond Crook Records and, despite general critical and commercial failure, it reached number 64 on the R & B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The band continued to release albums with regularity through the decade and worked with hip-hop icons including Pete Rock, De La Soul, and Aesop Rock.