is it me or is it every time you hear
a soundtrack, mix tape or Friday late
night radio show D-Block has the streets
Now I always thought the Lox were a special
group of emcees since their Bad Boy days.
Then when they signed to Ruff Ryders I
said: “ok here we go it is on!”
Then finally the trilogy of solos was
completed and I was like alright! But
during all of that they have murdered
anything that wasn't an official public
The first time I heard the Lox freestyle
was the Bad Boy mix tape series from the
nineties. Jada was extremely witty and
lyrical; Sheek funny and catchy and Styles
just defined the word grimey.
The wonderful three had a little more
braggadocio rhyme style back then but
when you run with Puff that tends to happen
in most cases (ask Chopper). The Lox,
as youths who were standing in front of
a stoop in their first video appearance
began to lay the foundation for their
New York Yankeesque domination. They had
the remixes and the appearances on their
label’s roster of talent. But I
think D. J Clue has always kept the raw
aspect of them being emcees in the light
despite being in the era of shiny suits.
Now after I saw the first batch of Free
L.O.X t-shirts running around and heard
them say they wanted off of Bad Boy I
said awe sh**!
Is it going to be over?
In my eyes no groups since the legendary
EPMD made the fans as anxious as the Lox
did. The album did alright but despite
the mediocre success the fire was rekindled.
Now during the whole time between the
album dropping and the release from their
contract from Bad Boy. I heard them on
every mix tape DJ from here to Saturn.
Styles and Jada have the best back-to-back
flow next to Erick Sermon and Parrish
Smith. Jada’s raspy flow and lyrical
content started to get him noticed as
one of the nicest emcees in the game.
Styles solidified the whole arena of being
a hard emcee not seen since a young pre-movie
Ice Cube (you know the one after he left
N.W.A). Sheek's mix tape efforts weren't
always heard as often as the other two
but damn when he did get on he let the
microphone have it. I made sure I heard
every Green Lantern and every Clue mix
tape every time one dropped just to get
After Jadakiss dropped his solo album
and went to war with Beanie Sigel a.k.a.
“Beans” (Now that was battle
worth listening too.), I felt like it
was a good solo drop but it was not what
I wanted or expected. Then Styles album
came out and I said to myself self this
dude is a problem (in a good way). Then
he went and served his time for the knife
Then surprisingly there was just the mix
tape buzz coming out and you would hear
rhymes here and there but not as often
Thankfully, you start hearing Sheek
becoming a monster on the solo and freestyle
side of things. At this time I also started
to notice that a young guy from Yonkers
named J. Hood the Lox had in their skits
was with them and he is another problem.
Sheek after the positive buzz from the
streets decided to come out as a solo
artist along with forming his own record
label, D-Block. The album dropped and
it was full of vintage Sheek punch lines
and the screaming of D-Block.
In my opinion, they all their things and
they did ok maybe not number-wise but
as emcees they definitely did it.
When Styles came back home from jail,
the empire decided to strike back and
did it with a flood on every mix tape,
radio show, soundtracks and all the collabos
you could think of. J. Hood continues
to prove he is one of the nicest MCs under
age 25. Their solidarity as a unit has
kept them going as a group and has kept
us listening. D-Block is one label/clique
that I foresee very big things from.
I just can’t wait for the next Lox
album. But I really think D-Block Compilation
album with a track with Cassidy and J.
Hood would hit the spot.
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