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716 Hip Hop: Camp Lo, Mad Dukez, Spec-Ill K

716 Hip Hop: Camp Lo, Mad Dukez, Spec-Ill K

Lot’s happening this week in the 716, but you have to check out Camp Lo at Duke’s on Saturday.

Camp Lo

Saturday, December 8

In 1997, Bronx-based hip hop duo Geechi Suede, aka Saladine Wallace, and Sonny Chiba, aka Salahadeen Wilds, better known as Camp Lo released their debut album Uptown Saturday Night. Inspired by the 1974 blaxploitation film of the same name, the album went on to influence the following generation of hip hop producers. The raps were chill and, mixed with classic east coast style beats sampled from greats like Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Bob James, and even Janet Jackson, Camp Lo achieved a fresh fusion of hip hop, jazz, soul, and R&B that fellow greats like Madlib and A Tribe Called Quest laid the foundation for. Singles “Coolie High” and “Luchini (This Is It)” became instant highlights of an album that has maintained it’s influence for the last 15 years. The duo is currently working on new music, but when they come to Duke’s on Saturday (Dec 8), they’ll perform Uptown Saturday Night live in its entirety. They’re only doing this in eight cities, so Buffalo is lucky to have them. Hosts, the talented Mad Dukez, and Fresh Kilz, will keep it fresh as opening acts Spec-Ill KAjent-O, andL-Biz spit rhymes in support. DJ Optimus Prime of the Essential Vitamins Crew will hold it down before DJs Drop D and Frosty Tone’s Big Basha close out the night.

—cory perla

9pm Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar, 253 Allen St. (240-9359 / $15

Check out this killer new video from Mad Dukez:

And here is a classic from Spec-Ill K