For Styles P’s new album, Master of Ceremonies, the Yonkers general told XXLMag.com that he chose a specific brand of lyricist to work with. Among them were like-minded MC’s like, Busta Rhymes, Pharaohe Monch, Rick Ross and former foe, Lloyd Banks, who appears on the track, “We Don’t Play.”
“I like Banks,” Styles admitted to XXL unabashedly. “I’m a fan of Banks. You already knew what we went through with the D-Block/G-Unit stuff. So I never really got a chance to, before that time, to actually meet him before all that popped off and say, ‘I like your work.’ Actually, I became a fan of Banks when I was locked away.”
SP served time for assault over half-a-decade ago and says that the Unit’s Boy Wonder was one of the artists that helped get him through his tough time.
“His mixtapes get in the pen a lot,” SP added. “I was like, ‘Wow this kid is really doing his thing on the mixtape thing.’ So I was always a fan of how he put his words together, his verses together. The way he comes. It was a pleasure to work with him. I like him, he’s a cool guy. ”
The Ghost also reconnected with Rick Ross for “Harsh.” Of course the two wreaked havoc with “B.M.F.” last year. As for their follow-up, which also features Busta Rhymes, the LOX MC said he wanted to hear the Bawse over a record with a 1990s feel.
“I wanted to get Ross on my type of joint,” SP explained. “I felt he had the lyrical skills and content to hold it on a East Coast/West Coast type of beat. Phonics made it. He’s from Cali, but it still had that hardened tempo of an early ’90′s East Coast joint to me.”
Styles P’s Master of Ceremonies is in stores now. —Shaheem Reid