May 22, 2008

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The Camp, The Campaign
Commonwealth Records, April 1
Unless you count their plethora of constant guests, Boston-suburban hip-hop collaborative The Camp is a few MCs short of a white Wu Tang, but they’ve nevertheless slapped together a post-hyphy circus that’s getting some healthy buzz for its live performances. These nimrods can be pretty funny, if you find long-winded panicky stories about venereal diseases funny — and “Little Story” is, just trust me, even if you do sort of have to be from Mass to appreciate the epic, over-the-top grossness of it. One sub-angle that helps these guys is their love-hate relationship with the local sports teams: it’s okay to wear Tigers and Yankees caps while the Sox are still thumbing their noses at everybody, but Bill Belichick gets a jab in passing because We’ll Never Forget.

Once in a while they run out of Twix bars and Jolt, which is when the cartoon money-brags and genital-jokes slink off and their neighborhood mixmaster Teddy Roxpin starts scratching his itch for old soul tunes, professed most succinctly in a rhyme-riddled remake of “Walk On By.” BEric W. Saeger