Camp Lo @ Stray Cat Bar & Grill

If the '90s era of rap effectively ended with the violent deaths of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., the new era began the emergence of Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede of Camp Lo. The Brooklyn duo quietly introduced their '70s soul, funk-, and jazz-inspired rap sound on 1996's Great White Hype soundtrack with the hit single "Coolie High." In 1997, they released what would become their most acclaimed album to date, Uptown Saturday Night. Earlier this year marked the 15th anniversary of the fan-favorite record, and to celebrate, the two are taking the release back on the road with an anniversary tour. Camp Lo will perform the album in its entirety, as well as a couple of new cuts featuring producer Ski Beats. Taking their cue from alt-rap pioneers De La Soul, Camp Lo strayed from the gangster-rap method of the day on Uptown Saturday Night, instead breaking it down slow and smooth while showing influences of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Earth, Wind and Fire. Friday night's showcase should serve as a nice trip down memory lane where you won't hear the words "swag" or "mollies" even once. Maybe.

 
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