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The LOX, “Salute A Gee”

The LOX have been popping up all over the place of late—coming out together with The Roots at Summer Jam, and showing up at recent shows by French Montana and YG—and they came today to bless our Saturday with a new track, "Salute A Gee...

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Best Hip-Hop Tweets Of The Week

Best Hip-Hop Tweets Of The Week 6/15-6/21

From ScHoolboy Q's arrest scare to Angie Martinez leaving Hot 97 to join Power 105, this week on Twitter was full of unexpected surprises...

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Jadakiss & Styles P Open A Juice Bar

Yesterday, Dame Dash and Cam'Ron revealed that the two were going to open a restaurant. Now, the duo of Jadakiss and Styles P have a new venture of their own...

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Styles P and Chris Rivers star in the new video for "Never Trust."

Styles P And Chris Rivers Are About That Life In “Never Trust”

Styles P's video for "Never Trust" starts with one man masking his face with a bandana and a group of them exchanging nefarious glares in a car...

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Styles P Sour Video

Styles P’s New Video Features Rocko And Jadakiss

Styles P unveils the video for "Sour." Featuring Jadakiss and Rocko, the group speaks of the finest smoke all the while unveiling hidden messages...

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It’s a stormy Tuesday night in Brooklyn, and Styles P is deep in concentration. The gritty-voiced Yonkers MC, dressed in a long black t-shirt and dark-rimmed sunglasses, is rolling joints the length of string beans for seemingly everybody in the room, which consists of groupies, goons and notable figures in East Coast hip-hop. Statik Selektah, dressed in his signature plush Fila jumpsuit, is talking moves with Philly rapper Ransom, while Jadakiss and Sheek Louch—Styles’ longtime partners in rhyme—joke and laugh with each other like little kids. A thick cloud begins to form around the room as Styles starts passing out joints like candy. He approaches us with one that's particularly fat; when our photographer politely declines, he firmly responds, “Just do it.” We do.

Everyone is here to celebrate the release of Phantom And The Ghost, Styles’ latest album and his first under New Music Cartel, a label spawned by a coalition of popular rap blogs. Gone are the days of high-priced champagne and powerful industry execs filling the backstage area, but Styles, who’s never been an MC built on ego, doesn’t seem to care. Instead, he’s happy to still be here, making music for the people who, as he puts it, "appreciate the hip-hop culture." You can’t knock his humble approach: it wasn’t too long ago that he was locked in the state penitentiary doing time on a stabbing charge. Before that, he was stuck in label limbo, trapped on Diddy’s Bad Boy Records as part of the LOX with Jada and Sheek. It wasn’t until the surprise success of "Good Times," the sample-based pothead anthem off his solo debut, Gangster And A Gentleman, that he was able to establish himself as a solo artist.

"I’m blue collar, man,” he tells XXL after he performs at the release party. "I don’t give a fuck when it comes to making music; I give a fuck about the people who give a fuck about the music."

It’s a straightforward and blunt approach, and it sums up Styles as an MC perfectly. For two decades now, he’s been making-lyrically driven songs for East Coast hip-hop heads. Within those years, there have been moments of brilliance ("I’m Black," "My Life"), pop success ("Good Times," "Jenny From The Block") and—as with most MCs who’ve been in the game a long time—cringe-worthiness ("Favorite Drug"). Styles sat down with XXL to discuss these moments and more, taking us through his most essential albums. —Reed Jackson

Styles P Breaks Down His Five Most Essential Albums


Styles P Hits The Block With Chris Rivers And Dyce Pain In “Same Scriptures” Video

Styles P latest album Phantom And The Ghost is out now on New Music Cartel/EMPIRE.

Just based on his album rollout this week, Styles is still consistent as ever...

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Styles P Says Former D-Block Vs. G-Unit Beef Was A “Lyrical Spar”

Last week, 50 Cent released a grimy video for “Chase The Paper,” a track off his forthcoming Animal Ambition album. In the video, 50 raps alongside Kidd Kidd, Prodigy of Mobb Deep and—to some people’s surprise—Styles P, whom he had beef with years prior...

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Photo By: Joseph Chea

The LOX Reunite For ‘Phantom And The Ghost’ Release Concert

Photography By: Joseph Chea

Rain or shine, Styles P is here to rock with his Ghost fans.

Last night, we were at Wick & The Well in Brooklyn, a concert venue that could double as a meeting spot for underground cyphers. Th...

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Styles P Gives Consciousness To The Street Life In ‘Phantom And The Ghost’

Styles P is the walking definition of a veteran who stays consistent with every new release. In 2013, SP teamed up with New York mainstay Scram Jones for Float that had him stepping out of his comfort zone and exploring a less gritty sound...

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