The LOX Blaze A Path For D-Block’s Snyp Life With Pete Rock & Beatnuts Jams (Audio)
Throughout their careers, The LOX—collectively and individually—have had an ear for great beats. Songs like Jadakiss’ Alchemist-produced “We Gonna Make It,” Styles P’s Ayatollah-laced “The Life,” and the trio’s DJ Premier-conducted “Recognize” have defined their aesthetic. Sheek Louch, Jada’, and Holiday Styles have never lost sight of that purest Hip-Hop quality.
As The LOX shine a spotlight on their D-Block member Snyp Life, heralded production masters Pete Rock and The Beatnuts’ Psycho Les are close by to provide that knock. Today, Ambrosia For Heads premieres two songs from Snyp. Both have LOX input, and respected Golden-Era producers behind the beats. Both of these songs belong to November 4’s Back Again EP, coming through D-Block’s label.
“Oh No” is a Pete Rock-produced joint, featuring Sheek. This follow-up to 2008’s “914” track. Snyp kicks things off with an autobiographical rap about his hustling days, and transitioning to his real dreams. His second verse is street-tested wisdom offered up to listeners about how to maneuver around wolves. Louch takes the chorus with a melodic delivery. Pete’s beat has a catchy loop, with those signature D-Block background effects. Pete cuts up the same ONYX vocal that Preemo’s hands sliced up on Jeru The Damaja’s “Come Clean” breakthrough.
While Sheek does not kick a verse on “Oh No,” he and his comrades show major support on “NY90’s.” Psycho Les (Mos Def, Fat Joe, Monie Love) puts some ‘Nuts flavor into parsing out a break-beat. Snyp sets it off with his recollection of those macaroni-and-cheese Timberland and doo-rag days of the Rotten Apple. Sheek enters, with heavy punchlines in his laid back demeanor. ‘Kiss follows, with quotable bars like “Fuck what you thought / On the real, your money and guns are too short / You fuck with me, you’re dealing with the nucleus of New York.” Styles plays clean-up with careful cadence, some alliteration, and the perfect timing. The LOX all drop abbreviated verses that perfectly accent their close affiliate.
#BonusBeat: The artwork and tracklist to the Back Again EP is as follows:
1. “Intro (Redemption)” ft. Dyce Pain prod. by Peezey Crack
2. “Oh No” ft. Sheek Louch prod. by Pete Rock
3. “DollarBillz” prod. by DayzelTheMachine
4. “Hustla Baby” ft. Tyler Woods prod. by Psycho Les
5. “How Can I Live (Without You)” ft. Emany and Sheek Louch prod. by Beat Whiz
6. “On My Way” ft. DycePayne prod. by JoeMilly
7. “Gone” ft. SigMuziik prod. by Da Inphamus Amadeuz
8. (BONUS) “NY90’s” ft. The LOX prod. by Psycho Les