This release sounds as a Styles P album should. It has every element of street life involved in it and plays through like a reflection on his own life.
The production is fascinating, with gritty street beats thrown in with some slower, more emotional offerings. This helps give a complete feel to the album, rather than focusing on one element and losing a chunk of his potential audience. Styles P excels over these offerings, some might want to see him try something different from what he already knows, but the beat selection here shows some clever thinking and should be celebrated.
The lyricism is good, with a lot of impact in the delivery. Styles P has a signature tone that helps distinguish him from others on the tracks, as well as increase the potency of the words. While his performance here is fantastic, it would still be nice to see P try some more lyrical acrobatics.
The features are all incredible and help add new levels to the songs. With the combination of other rappers and heavy assistance from one particular artist for singing, the cohesion between tracks is amazing. Maybe slightly more variety in singers and an appearance from his LOX colleagues would be great, but Styles P has more more smart choices here again.
Overall, this is a milestone for Styles P as his followers wont be able to keep away. Every track here speaks to a lot of people and is worth the attention of all hip hop fans.
This release starts off strong with all three members having strong verses, but some safe choices later can make a full listen through disappointing. Some of the more mainstream options takes this edge off this gritty album that could have been solid without them.
The production is good with the right atmosphere on every track helping to make this have more of an impact. While some of the beats are perfect for the group, the attempt to seem more radio friendly makes the group seem like they are trying to grow their audience. However by doing this they may have lost some of the core group that liked their old stuff. By sticking to what they know, they may have created a more cohesive project.
The lyricism is fantastic with all three members trying hard to be the best. They also try hard at the performance aspect with their individual delivery making the tracks stand out slightly. On the downside, the hooks are not as hard hitting as the verses and can be repetitive in places. While there are no major works to be done, this is not a totally smooth ride.
The features are the weakest part of this release because they don’t necessarily fit with the style of the group. While none do particularly badly, some do not gel with the chemistry of the group and sound a little out of place. Some singers would have been a better way to show the softer side than radio attempts.
Overall, this is an enjoyable release if you can sit through the few rough patches. Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss should be proud of their individual performances as well as how they work as a team.
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.