On this day, Dec. 4, in hip-hop history...

2007: Just two weeks shy of one year from releasing his sophomore solo album Time Is Money, Styles P hit us with its follow-up, Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) through Koch Records and Ruff Ryders Entertainment.

With verses from MCs like Ghostface Killah, Black Thought and Beanie Sigel, complimented by beats from some of the game's most sought-after producers like Swizz Beatz, HiTek, Pete Rock and Akon, any Styles fan can tell just by reading the tracklist that S.P. the Ghost had a heavy hand in putting this one together. In fact, in breaking down his five most essential albums, the legendary Yonkers MC includes Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) on that list, telling XXL, "That was my first independent joint. It felt great; I was in just in another mode, because I was now the boss. For somebody like me, it felt great to be in control and to be able to say, "This is what I’m doing and this is how we going to do it."

While it received some mixed reviews from the game's music critics, The LOX member's third solo LP was mostly met with praise from fans, selling nearly 100,000 copies in its first week. Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) peaked at number 52 on the Billboard 200 and reached number 7 on the chart for Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

With popular singles, "Blow Ya Mind" featuring Swizz Beatz and the Sheek Louch and Jadakiss assisted "Gangster, Gangster," lending support to the raw, hard-hitting project, Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) remains a favorite among the Styles P catalog to both fans and Ghost himself.

Ruff Ryders/Koch
Ruff Ryders/Koch

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