The LOX Use A Public Enemy Beat To Terminate The Competition

In addition to a respected group album catalog, The LOX collective is known for devastating loosies. Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, and Styles P kept the L-O-X brand strong for a 15-year-period between We Are The Streets and the Roc Nation return Filthy America…It’s BeautifulSince then, the Yonkers, New York trio has been in overdrive, evident in 2021’s commanding Verzuz performance against The Diplomats, which recently celebrated its first anniversary.

Although no group albums have released since 2020’s Living Off XPerience (featuring DMX, Westside Gunn, Benny The Butcher, and more), The LOX chemistry is strong on “Terminator LOX.” As a nod to founding Public Enemy DJ Terminator X, the song is a remake of P.E.’s “Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic” from their acclaimed 1988 It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back. Nearly 35 years after the original, The Warlox show why they are fierce competitors who fight in the name of Hip-Hop.

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Including an homage to the scratch lead-in to P.E.’s classic, “Terminator LOX” (produced by Khardier Da G.o.D) begins with a strong entrance from Sheek. “What happened to Hip-Hop?” he asks, before referencing Frankie Smith’s “Double Dutch Bus” and Mr. Magic’s 1980s radio show. He then recalls D&D Studios being a feared place for wack rappers in the lounges and hallways. Jadakiss then makes a similar intro. “Too much hate is why you’re missin’ your blessings / Like my chances, with any contestants / Lower your tone now, ’cause we’re all grown now / That bid you did don’t mean nothin’, you home now,” he raps in a throwback Allen Iverson Georgetown University basketball jersey. Notably, ‘Kiss and A.I. worked together. He closes with emphasis: “You seen loyalty every time you’ve seen us / The boy’s a genius, get off my penis / Before you force me to send the cleaners / What I am is my brother’s keeper / And what do kill you will make you weaker.

Styles P goes last. “Gangsta, hated when Sam fell for Ginger / Dope-boy, I’m gonna be gone ’til November,” he raps, referring to Casino. The MC who partnered with Mobb Deep’s Havoc for an album late last year raps about his come-up, and how he has navigated the challenges of the streets.

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New music featuring Styles P and Jadakiss is currently included on the Ambrosia For Heads playlist.

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