Lil Wayne Puts The LOX In The Spotlight With His Carter 5 Latest Listen (Audio)

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In the first 10 years of the current millennium, few artists kept the streets fed like Lil Wayne and The LOX (t/k/a D-Block). All ’90s alums, Weezy, Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch all got better, sharper, and more ferocious on the microphone. Along the way, while they ran in different circles, the ties of time-tested peers stayed strong. In the acclaimed 2011 Carter IV effort, Jada’ was present (alongside Drake) on fifth single, “It’s Good.”

As Wayne gears up for his highly-anticipated Tha Carter V album, planned (as of now) for early 2015, he looked to ‘Kiss and Holiday Styles (Sheek is notably absent) for first single. “Gotti,” released today (October 28) puts the battery in the back of the three iconic voices, respected by both fans of style and substance. The song alludes to former Gambino Family leader (1985-2002) John Gotti, and his “teflon don” status.

Along the way, some interplay between Jadakiss and Styles P carries that “No Selfies” mantra out nicely to the next chapter, disapproving of sung choruses. Wayne (who ironically sings on the chorus) looks back at his career (perhaps explaining the guests), and sounds like he’s in his bag, again!

If this look is pushed by YMCMB and Universal, will it be the tipping point to get that true third LOX album? Did Sheek just miss the opportunity of a lifetime?

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