The LOX Break Down How To Make A Classic Album (Video)
Three weeks ago, The LOX released their fourth album, Living Off Xperience. The D-Block/Roc Nation release includes contributions from DMX, Benny The Butcher, Westside Gunn, Large Professor, T-Pain, Oswin Benjamin, Nottz, Statik Selektah, and their artist, Dyce Payne. Less than a month since its release, the LP from one of Hip-Hop’s most respected outfits has been well-received. Several highlights are currently on Ambrosia For Heads’ official playlist, embedded below.
Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, and Styles P did a video interview with AFH‘s “What’s The Headline?” podcast. The three New York giants discussed the glue that has held the L-O-X together for more than 25 years. The trio weighs in on the comparisons to another Empire State hardcore Hip-Hop outfit, Griselda. Jada’, Ghost’, and Donnie also offer up their formula to make a classic album—one that keeps all the different corners of their fan-base satisfied and loyal. “All of our albums are prepared on top of the stove; most of the projects you get today are out of the air-fryer or microwave. This was really simmer-sauteed. Taste the sauce; strip the spoon,” Jadakiss said. “We get it out when the food is done.” After nearly a four-year wait between albums, Living Off Xperience delivers, and it’s served hot and fresh.
Do Remember When Biggie & The LOX Flexed A Freestyle Over Wu-Tang’s “C.R.E.A.M.” (Audio)
Heads can catch other recent AFH “What’s The Headline?” interviews with Mobb Deep’s Havoc, Duckwrth, Lord Finesse, and Prince Paul & Don Newkirk. All episodes of the show are available wherever you stream your pods.
Here Is What Else Is Happening Of Note:
Kanye West posts screen-grabs of his early contracts to advocate for artists’ rights in the recording industry. These documents allege that early albums in West’s catalog “entirely” belonged to Roc-A-Fella Records after the famed imprint had been acquired by Universal Music Group, a parent company of that label, and West’s current recording home, Def Jam. West has proposed unions, transparent contracts, and artist-owned copyrights. (Twitter)
DJ Lord X (aka Kenny Smith), member of the Crash Crew and Universal Zulu Nation, has died. The pioneering DJ and onetime Sugar Hill Records artist was later manager of Rob Base & DJ E.Z. Rock. (AllHipHop)
Eddie Murphy has won his first Emmy Award in a television career that spans more than 40 years. (OkayPlayer)
U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips has ruled in favor of Nicki Minaj in a landmark lawsuit filed by Tracy Chapman surrounding a copyright dispute to an unreleased-but-leaked song. The judge ruled that the Young Money superstar’s actions are protected through fair use. The issue as to whether Nicki’s team giving the unreleased song to Funkmaster Flex for public broadcast remains in question. (Variety)
Planet Asia is recording an album produced by DJ Scratch. The ever-prolific Cali Agents and Durag Dynasty co-founder has crossed paths with the longtime turntablist and producer known for his work with EPMD, Busta Rhymes, and LL Cool J, to name a few. Online, Scratch called the material, “This DJ Scratch & Planet Asia album is the best album I’ve ever produced. Just straight up RAW Hip-Hop. Beats, Bars & Scratches. No radio sh*t, no club sh*t, just bust your gun in the air sh*t.” Earlier this year, P.A. partnered with Rochester, New York MC/producer 38 Spesh for (Instagram)
#BonusBeat: Ambrosia For Heads’ official playlist, featuring selections from Living Off Xperience, as well as new music from Problem, Jay Rock, Snoop Dogg, Smoke DZA, Wiz Khalifa, Freddie Gibbs, Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, REASON, and Conway The Machine, as well as more than 85 other new songs.