The L.O.X have cemented their status as a premium east coast group and this project shows it. This mixtape keeps it gritty while staying on the lyrical side of the fence. Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch all bring their signature styles to the tracks and helps to create a great group vibe and a cohesive project.
The production is dark on most of the tracks which helps lend itself to the content of drug selling and other street level activities. There are some cheerier tracks but more are kept dark and menacing to help with the aggression from the rappers.
The lyricism is prominent and great on every track. While having so many tracks with similar contents, it can be tricky to keep up the story telling and wordplay but this group has been consistently able to re-word or re-structure to turn a regular sentence into the lyrical genius they are capable of.
The features are few but add another level of depth to the project. The features are singing features used for choruses, but without them, the mixtape would be very one dimensional so it is a good choice to put them in.
Overall, this is a good album for every member of the L.O.X and they should build up from the recent success they are having with the Trinity series.
Another gritty street album hits the shelves with this release. Styles P brings his street experiences, with a slightly haunting atmosphere, to another retail release and it has a strange feel. There are some definite ground level tracks for bumping along to, but what feels like a large portion of the album feels more subdued and thoughtful than head banging and hard hitting.
Styles P hasn’t lost his lyrical edge, and at this quality of work, its looking like he never will. The razor sharp imagery he brings to this project is looking as top quality as any of his earlier work, but with the twist of it being a bit more thoughtful and precise.
The production on Phantom and the Ghost is clear and actually comes across as related to the projects name. Pretty much every track has a slightly spooky feel which fits perfectly with the name and creates a good atmosphere with the overall feel of the album.
As a member of the LOX, Styles P has a lot to live up to when it comes to ability and his standing in Hip Hop, and this album does not fail to live up to that standard. However the ghostly aspect of the album may not be for everyone, but it is definitely worth a few spins.