Styles P has mastered the art of raw. Solidified as one of the hardest street kings for over 15 years now, The Lox/D-Block co-founder just dropped another LP on Tuesday that he can hang his hat high on, Master of Ceremonies.
“I did this one for the sake of hip-hop,” Styles recently told XXL just blocks away from his new juice bar, Juices For Life in the Bronx [watch above]. “But this one for the sake of MCing too. I think the art of MCing is kind of a lost art. It’s not important to a lot of people like it is for me. That’s who I am, that’s what I am.”
With that in mind, Styles recruited a slew of like minded lyricists, including longtime associate Pharoahe Monch, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Lloyd Banks and of course his Lox partners in rhyme, Sheek Louch and Jadakiss.
“This one is really the art of MCing,” he reiterated. “I got a song with Pharaohe [Monch] and Pete Rock called ‘Children.’ It’s breaking down how children [in] my generation, grew up and what’s out there for them and how they move. Then you know how I feel about the chronic? Warren G made the beat called ‘This is How We Fly.’ I wanted that Cali beat with that New York spit and a nice R&B vocalist [Avery Storm] over a weed song. I wanted it to be super fly. I got a joint with Lloyd Banks really describing that ‘don’t give a F’ attitude. [And] I got a joint with Ross and Busta Rhymes called ‘Harsh,’ which is my element of the new millennium but still with a 90s feel.”
With his latest solo CD shipped and out the door, SP is currently focusing on The Lox’s long awaited group LP and Sheek Louch and Ghostface Killah’s Wu-Block album.
Master of Ceremonies is in stores now. —Shaheem Reid