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Styles P & Big Mike: Phantom Empire

If there’s a rapper in the game that’s harder than Styles P on the mic, then he’s probably been dead and buried for a while. I mean think about it, every rapper’s had their crossover R&B song, right? So did Styles, and his was called “Locked Up.” That should solidify how hard this man is. His R&B crossover hit was talking about being in jail. Come on, guy! Can you get any harder than that?

If this man’s words and bars were able to manifest into actual matter, it would turn into cement. That’s how hard it be. On “How Can I Say It” the man simply states that, “If you play it sweet then you sugar like/you can get shot or stabbed for not lookin’ right/fiends don’t buy your shit, you’re not cookin’ right/niggas gonna try your jaw if it’s not lookin’ tight.” In those four rhymes he pretty much sums up the thug life of NYC.

And he continues his quest against the tight pants fad with harsh words for those hipsters on “Tight Jeans P.S.A.” For the record, I co-sign everything this man says. Have we learned nothing from “Children of Men” people???

And real talk, his freestyles belong on remixes. He took Kid Cudi’s “Day & Nite” and tore it down. Same goes for his “Get Down,” “Renegade,” and “Ready To Die” where over Big’s classic instrumental son spit, “Came from a house that was haunted/it’s the Ghost, bitch!/Wanna shoot it out with the kid, kiss your folks, bitch!/ You won’t make it back to your home or your household/bullets in the crease of your lips where your mouth fold!” Speaking of which, his and Sheek’s “Tribute” to Big was just gangsta.

I love Styles P ’cause he does it for us OGs in the hood that love hood hip-hop. But I have to be honest and say he never had a whole mixtape that I could just bang out to. Until now that is. This is by far his greatest mixtape. The beats he chose to rip and the way he ripped them had me wishing I still had my Trezeta boots with the spikes so I could just stomp a tight jeans hipster back to the ’90s so he could see how real niqqas used to do. Word to everything, the only albums I truly go out and buy these days are Styles, Jadakiss, Beanie Sigel and Ghostface Killah’s cause these are the men who do it for the culture. That and cause if they don’t get our money one way, they’ll get it another way. We gotta support these records and keep these hooligans off the streets. LOLOL.-The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: Way too many to just pick one

Weakest Joint: “You Don’t Want It With P”

  • swisha

    Scary looking bastard the mask guy in the back there !

  • Casey

    This mixtape is good, but sounds thrown together. And can’t fuck with the Ghost in the Machine tape.

  • http://pimpinpens.blogspot.com enzo

    nice cover art

  • http://www.xxlmag.com 14snipez

    Co-sign on da cover art bein fresh, shouts to da homie O for reviewing dis mixtape, Styles is one of the few New York brothas i’ll sit down n break down n decipher every lyric 2 get my spit game rite. But question, n i don’t wanna catch alot of suckas hatin on me for this but what iz da beef wit brothas wearin tight jeans? I mean I ain’t tryin to come at u disrespectful O but u sound lik u would really fuck somebody up for wearin some skinny jeans. Didn’t brothas n hip-hop use to b on dem tight jeans bacc in da 80′s n early 90′s? Juice? New Jack City?

    • O

      I’m an 80′s baby and yeah, heads was rocking tight jeans back then cause it was what it was. And what it was wasn’t comfortable. The trend came back when some kids on the Disney channel started rocking it and it caught fire again. Mind you, they’re stylist (a gay dude. Not that there’s anything wrong with that) brought that tight jeans idea to the table. So now these wannabe thugs is rocking tight jeans, tight shirts trying to look at ME sideways for not following suit. Fuck outta here, nucca. I’m too real to follow a trend at this age.I just keep to what I like. And that’s hardcore hip-hop and loose or baggy jeans.

      • http://www.xxlmag.com 14snipez

        Fair enough preciate da response for the record i don’t condone dudes wearing skinny jeans shit is 2 female n nature for my taste plus comin up if u rocked tight ass jeans dey was considered highwater n u was basically clowned on till u got the baggy southpole joints everybody else had. Also i’ve always wanted to kno when u had to b born to b considered an 80′s baby? i kno it’s a stupid ass question but I was born at like the end of the eighties so does dat make me an 80′s baby?

        • O

          It’s all good. And you had to be growing up during the 80′s to be an 80′s baby. Hence you had to be born from 1978-1980 to officially be an 80′s baby.

        • http://www.xxlmag.com 14snipez

          God damn dats sum bullshit i don’t wanna b labeled a 90′s baby artist lik soulja boi i mean 87 can’t b dat far off I was old enuf to catch all of the classic albums of hip hop at that time. Hell I knew who GZA was, I had Liquid Swords when I was 10 wasn’t old enuff to understand the lyricism then but I bought it again wen I was 16. I’m just sayin da 90′s ain’t wat i wanted to come up unda

        • O

          That whole argument of being a 90′s baby was just funny. I can’t front. I remember copping that GZA album the day it came out. Back then if you copped a solo album from a Wu member you were basically getting a brand new Wu-Tang album everytime. Me and my cousin burned a L and zoned. We kept rewinding (It was a tape) “Shadowboxin’” and “4th Chamber.” Ahhh the gold ol’ days.

  • dark vanilla

    That cover is tight. I think they got the concept from the Star Wars video game Knights of the Old Republic 2.

    • Silky Johnson

      Yep, it’s Darth Nihilius…fuck y’all I had my Star Wars phase back in 7th grade, and KOTOR was an ill XBox game.

      But anyway, Styles P went hard on this…good lookin out O