Visitors of Planet Venus, these cats obviously need no intro. They are the emcees with the butterscotch smooth delivery that I have been vibing to for two decades and their style transcends millennia. The one, the only - Camp Lo. I had the pleasure of building with Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede and discussing their new album "Ragtime Hightimes" and other coolness going on in their universe.
AbsoluteVenus: When you're creating art, what inspires you?
Sonny Cheeba: Everything, to be honest. I'd say rare art!
Geechi Suede: I draw inspiration from all things. Standing on a rooftop, or looking at the ocean, or just watching a plane fly by...it differs.
AbsoluteVenus: Tell the people about your latest release "Ragtime Hightimes".
Sonny Cheeba: Ragtime Hightimes is a trip of two hiphop robots in the present future. The sound is a mixture of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s under the umbrella of hiphop soul.
Geechi Suede: We love to time travel through sound basically, lol!
|Ragtime Hightimes available on iTunes|
AbsoluteVenus: What is the overall message/theme for the album? How does it differ from your other works?
Geechi Suede: Keeping it 1000000000000 % Bboy Retro Futuristic Classic.
Sonny Cheeba: The theme is going from past to the future, highs and not so high, getting out of a box and enjoying.
AbsoluteVenus: Are there any collabs (lyricists, producers, etc.) you would like to mention?
Geechi Suede: Well, on this album shouts to Tyler Woods on "Gypsy Notes" and as far as down the line. I digs Ryan Leslie, Jamiroqui, and Corey Gunz.
Sonny Cheeba: Vince Staples, Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, Stevie Wonder, King, the makers of Call of Duty, and Adidas.
AbsoluteVenus: How does working with Ski Beatz differ from working with other producers for your projects? What magic/style does he bring?
Sonny Cheeba: He's the third member, from square one. So, he knows what jackets to put us in.
Geechi Suede:Yeahhhh, third member to the end of it. Chemistry organic. We always picks up where we left off, then go somewhere new.
AbsoluteVenus: Does the flavor of the album reflect the usual soulful vibe of Camp Lo or are there some tracks that explore other elements/variation in your style?
Sonny Cheeba: We touch the 80s approach on some hooks, not too wordy. Live musicians add that feel only a musician can, that soul from scratch. Also, we hit a couple subjects like on "Time", "You", and "Gypsy Notes", that we usually don't hit.
Geechi Suede:Yes, some cuts are signature and then there are those other pockets that explore new sound waves.
AbsoluteVenus: Are you currently touring or doing shows?
Geechi Suede: Yup, yup, I love rocking! Exchanging energy, entertaining everyone.
Sonny Cheeba: Yeah, enjoying the people.
AbsoluteVenus: Are there other things you got cooking that you would like to mention?
Geechi Suede: Yesssss, much, much, much more music on the way as well as working with other up and coming artist and some fashion ventures as well.
Sonny Cheeba: More music! More art! For sure!
AbsoluteVenus: Where can hip hop heads buy the album?
Sonny Cheeba: iTunes, nature sounds site and in stores.
Geechi Suede: Yeah, what Chee just said, lol.
AbsoluteVenus: What are your official web/social media sites?
Geechi Suede: OfficialCamplo.com, GeechiSuede.com, Twitter: @OfficialCampLo, IG: @GaravaniGold, FB: Geechi Suede
Sonny Cheeba: Twitter: @Camplo, IG: @SomuchCheeba, FB: Sonny Cheeba
Peace and Blessings,