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. The space has large concrete walls that help isolate the sound and amplify every rhyme. It was a reminder that Styles, who has made a solo career off of bringing his brand of gangster hip-hop, pays attention to detail and wants to deliver the best for his long-time fans. The whole setup of his Phantom And The Ghost album release party—including openers by Queens duo Timeless Truth and Brooklyn’s The Incomparable Shakespeare—was to highlight that real spitters were in the building and ready to set it off.

Styles can be referred to as a legacy rapper. As prominently known as one-third of The LOX, the Yonkers native has kept his name relevant after years of strong mixtapes and albums. His catalogue is packed with hits—“Good Times,” “Can You Believe It”—and you better believe the most exciting attendees were here to see those live. Most of the crowd was mostly guys in their mid-20s rocking snapbacks, but they were a few ladies sprinkled in between.

After DJ Technician warmed up the crowd, Styles took the stage after 10:30 PM. The whole D-Block was clearly a major presence as they made their way through the thin crowd, filling up the holes to create a more private setup. Once Jadakiss’s formal announcement of Styles to come to the stage amped up the crowd, he jumped right into “Never Safe” and followed up with “My Life.”

With The LOX (Sheek Louch, Jada) right there with their brother for support, the whole crew performed a slew of cuts that brought it back to their dominant years. “Feel It In The Air” was performed first as a unit, and then the classic NY anthem “Banned From TV.” The trio moved in unison—each taking turns playing hypeman for one another. It is no wonder The LOX are looked to for their undeniable chemistry they share.

SP The Ghost took over his performance with a few more solo songs: Akon’s “Locked Up” and “Real Shit.” Just 15 minutes before midnight, the 39-year-old MC wrapped up the night by thanking the audience to coming out despite the poor weather. As he exited, Tech spun “Sour” which was a perfect ending for the weed-induced fans who waited around a bit for an encore.

The LOX highlighted Styles’ performance, but you have to give him props for establishing a loyal fanbase on his own. Judging from last night, D-Block’s unity is strong, so one can only hope the holy trinity of a gritty New York sound can come together and do it again.