Jadakiss & Styles P Rock A Rhyme Routine For The Block (Audio)

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For recent weeks, Jadakiss and Styles P have set the weekend off with borrowed beats and venerable verses. This time, holding Cam’ron and Prodigy’s “Losin’ Weight” for a second, they take on the task together. “Block Work” is street-focused, using images from the hustle to show the kind of strength it takes to survive.


S.P. and ‘Kiss trade shorter verses early in the song, showing their chemistry, and synergy in the moment. It’s an age-old rhyme routine, that works between these enduring vets. The two L.O.X. MCs go back a long way, but refuse to phone it in, as they push powerful bars about life under the street lamps, navigating the system, and taking fate into their own hands. As is often the case in savvy raps from MCs of this ilk, the metaphors apply to music, and keeping the product circulating in the streets, just as they’ve done through the freestyles.

The moment’s closing bars reflect on the death of Freddie Gray, and subsequent protests in Baltmore, Maryland – covering lots of real estate in what could be called a freestyle.

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