The LOX Flip A BDP Anthem To Bring Back Classic Hip-Hop (Video)
The LOX are three of the most prolific MCs in all of Hip-Hop. Styles P alone has released four projects this year. However, when he, Jadakiss, and Sheek Louch come together, it often awakens a spirit in Rap fans that has been burning bright for more than 20 years.
On 2018 group single “Never Over,” D-Block assures the faithful fans that they will never abandon ship. Instead, the Yonkers, New York trio teams up with trusted veteran hit-maker Rockwilder (Red & Meth, De La Soul, JAY-Z). However, while Rock’s sound around Y2K was a baton-carrying movement out of sampling, he goes back to his stacks of wax for this one. The LOX sample Boogie Down Productions’ iconic “The Bridge Is Over” for their Roc Nation single. The beat uses elements of the chorus as well as that out-of-tune piano that the group played on the original (reportedly at the suggestion of Nice & Smooth’s Greg Nice). In speaking with Complex, the group said “The record was necessary in today’s watered down Hip-Hop. We wanted to bring that classic sound back, along with legendary producer Rockwilder.”
The video treatment is simple, and as expected for the assertive message. It’s a black-and-white affair with flashing lights, shades, knit caps, and a whole lot of attitude. These one-time Ruff Ryders are concrete to the core. Styles raps first, then Donnie, followed by a hard clean-up verse from ‘Kiss. He begins, “I can go anywhere as long as I got the toast / I do it for the East as long as I got the coast / Go out on my shield as long as I got my oath / And Hip-Hop can never be dead as long as I got a post / Grown man Rap, that’s the kiddie section / I was the fly on the wall in the Biggie session / Soaked it all up, spit it out, with aggression.”
Since 2016’s Filthy America…It’s Beautiful, The LOX founders are back in the lab with a fire in their bellies. This month Jada’ and Holiday Styles shared a track with Kendrick Lamar on Swizz Beatz’ “Somethin’ Dirty/Pic Got Us.”