On this day, January 28, in hip-hop history…
1997: Seventeen years ago today Camp Lo released their debut album Uptown Saturday Night. Riding on the success of their hit single “Coolie High” off the Great White Hype Soundtrack, the Bronx duo produced a compilation that mixed the melodic sounds of jazz with grooves of funk and hip-hop soul. This style isn’t more prevalent than on their hit “Luchini a.k.a. This Is It,” which samples “Adventures of the Land of Music” by Dynasty. The song’s video further demonstrates their old school style.
Uptown Saturday Night would go on to peak at number five on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts and No. 27 on the Billboard Top 200.
Besides being remembered for its music the album is also known for its cover, which pays homage to Marvin Gaye’s famous I Want You cover created by Ernie Barnes.
Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba still create music. After the release of their debut album they went on to follow up with Let’s Do it Again, in 2002 and Black Hollywood in 2007. Their most recent work was a mixtape entitled 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s Volume 2 with Pete Rock released during the summer of last year.—Christina Garner