Since the release of their 1997 album, Uptown Saturday Night, the duo know as Camp Lo has always set themselves apart from other Hip-Hop groups. Fans got their first real taste of Bronx natives, Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suedes unique slang and word play on their first hit single, the Hip-Hop classic, “Luchini.” Since then, Camp Lo has had an almost cult following with fans everywhere from New York to Japan. Its been about five years since their last album, Lets Do It Again, but after spending time touring and politicing, Camp Lo has returned with the new album, Black Hollywood. The album reunites them with their long-time friend and producer, Ski Beatz. If he recreated the same magic that he made with Camp Lo on their first album, or with Jay-Z on Reasonable Doubt, Hip-Hop fans world wide are in for a real treat.AllHipHop.com: Camp Lo is known for their use of slang. How do you come up with the words or terms you use?Geechi: We get about 10 or 20 new slang words every time cats snap or go someplace new. There’s no telling what the new slang is going to be. We get it from everywhere. Then when we get it, we put it in our herb. Our herb is what we call our rhymes because they get people high. It’s just a natural thing. AllHipHop.com: When people talk about slang one of the first names mentioned are Raekwon and E-40. Do you feel that your contributions to slang in Hip-Hop go unnoticed?Geechi: Well honestly, people have been telling us to do a slang dictionary since like ’96. People know what we do. They’ve been telling us to do that for over a decade. AllHipHop.com: In 2005, you were close to releasing a mixtape album with Halftooth Records. Promotional copies were mailed and everything. What happened? Is that the same as Black Hollywood?Sonny Cheeba: Nah, thats not what youre hearing now. Suede and cats from Halftooth had rapped or whatever, so Suede told them that something was gonna go down, but we was tied up in some other paperwork, with a single. A whole lot of bad paperwork [killed it]. It was never supposed to be like that. AllHipHop.com: Over the last 11 or 12 years, how much has bad paperwork affected Camp Lo?Sonny Cheeba: Ever since we got up in the Arista deal, weve been caught up in bad paperwork. People over there at Arista we was doing the music that they wanted us to do, but we wasnt feeling it, which meant that we was caught up in they web, and then finally they went from Arista to J Records, and we got up outta there. We did a Stimulated [Dante Ross record label] thing for a bit, and then we were supposed to go to Loud [Records]. Then Loud folded. We said, Were just gonna go straight Indie, and for a while, that didnt work out either.AllHipHop.com: When you say that you made some music that you didnt want to make, are you referring to things in your catalogue or things that people never really heard?Sonny Cheeba: Im talking about the album that didnt come out with Arista. On top of that, there were some songs that were never supposed to be releasedbut thats something different, not Arista. As far as Arista, they wanted us to go that commercial, sing-songy, when I dont know. Theres a way to do it and the way they wanted us to do it, isnt the way it shouldve been done, dig? AllHipHop.com: We see so many crews disperse. As a trio, whats kept Camp Lo and Ski Beatz together all these years?Sonny Cheeba: Good question. I can only speak for me. Me, I just keep a level head. I just stay grounded, humble with it, chill and laid back. Thats what do it for me. As a collective unit, I guess we know thats where its at, musically.AllHipHop.com: From the titles of Coolie High and Uptown Saturday Night, films seem to be a part of who you guys are, continued with Black Hollywood. What are the films you love?Sonny Cheeba: Ima always have love for Coolie High, because from what I understand, it was a true story. How the whole story went down, its just good from beginning to end. Willie Dynamite, he was doing his thing with the broads and all that, and then it came crumbling. You cant shine forever. I saw this movie recently, I liked I forget the title. It was about three dudes from Vietnam going against the Klan. It was pretty serious. AllHipHop.com: Within Blacksploitation, there were directors like Melvin Van Peebles and Gordon Parks, who made movies for us, by us. There were also White directors, who perhaps put the exploitation in the genre name. Do you see any correlation between that and contemporary Hip-Hop?Sonny Cheeba: How you said, commercial rap music that Im hearing, they dont have any other way of doing what they want to do. If theres somebody on a higher stage, giving you a chance to get on a similar stage, and theyre saying, You gotta do it like this, do it like that, you might choose that. It might not be you persay; I wouldnt know. If somebody says, The only way you can eat is if you throw on this suit a lot of people are gonna do it just like that.AllHipHop.com: What is Black Hollywood as an album and as an idea?Sonny Cheeba: Black Hollywood is just rhymes and feel-good music, party-like. Its vines, threads, whatever makes you feel good. Its the finest this, and the nicest that. As far as the album is concerned, were kinda keeping it were not doing no glitz, glamour, sing-songy songs; were sticking to the stuff were used to.AllHipHop.com: Whats the track 82 Afros about?Sonny Cheeba: 82 Afros is just me, Suede and Ski displaying our throwback style. The 82, with the afro. Its kinda connecting the 7-0 [1970s] with the 80s. Its kinda vicious on the car side, youll hear it.AllHipHop.com: Interesting. Uptown Saturday Night had a 70s feel to it, is part of Black Hollywood intended to be a progression into 80s-inspired stuff?Sonny Cheeba: It goes from the 70s into the 80s. We got Pushahoe, which dont come off like that, but Posse from the Bronx is a semi-EPMD-ish type joint, we just Camp Lo on it. Jack N Jill reminds me of [A Tribe Called Quest] type of feelthose joints are not really 70s-driven; Suga Willies Revenge is 70s-driven and Claudine. We keepin the 70s/80s mix; it all goes together.AllHipHop.com: You grew up in The Bronx in the 70s. Who was your favorite MC growing up, and what was the movement like in your particular neighborhood?Sonny Cheeba: I never had any favorite MCs. I was caught up into R&B heavy. Dont get me wrong though, I was into the [KRS-One] and Slick Rick records, blasting from the cars. I could say, at that time, it was KRS, Slick Rick, Jungle Brothers, and De La Souls 3 Feet High & Rising. Thats when I was really on it like that. There was no number one MC for me.AllHipHop.com: To what extent do you think that The Bronx got behind Camp Lo over the years?Sonny Cheeba: I can say that the BX only was on Lo when we came through. Thats the only time I was able to catch itfrom when we first came through up until about 2000 or whateva. Other than that, cats was really in Manhattan hard. The BX always give love, but the point is, we never really held the BX love, screaming it like that.AllHipHop.com: I know the Profile/Arista situation got a little hairy. Profile hasnt kept a lot of their catalogue out, whether its Dana Dane or its Rob Base. Uptown Saturday Night is still readily available to consumers. Eleven years later, hows that sit with you?Sonny Cheeba: Its a double-edged banger. Yeah, I love that new cats can hear it and enjoy it. But theres one thing that I think back on and its Spanish Harlem, and [I wish] we wouldve dropped that right after Luchini. Thats the only thing I think about. Were over there in Switzerland, and cats, 16 and up love it.