The Lox released their iTunes exclusive EP, The Trinity, last week… without release or promotion, following Beyonce’s lead who did the same weeks prior.
So, the trio of Styles P, Jadakiss, and Sheek Louch stopped by New York’s Hot 97 radio station to talk about the new project, as well as their status as a group, which has been unclear to fans.
“We never broke up as The Lox,” said Styles. “We kept our unity as a brotherhood. You don’t hear one of our solo albums without the other two on it. You don’t see one of us anywhere without at least one of us being there, or two of us being there. The lack of our album is due to politics, but we’ll get around the politics, and you will get a body of music.”
“This was the icing that fixed all of that,” added Jadakiss.
Styles agreed, saying: “This was like saying, ‘We here, and screw the politics.’ It all kind of worked. Everything is just flowing right.”[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/126588311″ params=”color=cb0000&auto_play=false&show_artwork=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
As the chat continued, the group addressed New York’s perceived lack of dominance in hip-hop in 2013. “A lot is not all your blame,” said Styles. “It’s not all the radio. It’s the artist’s blame, too. Make a song. Make a song how you make a song, but don’t lose your sound. A lot of New York artist over the years lost that New York sound. A lot of New York deejays chasing that dream. The New York deejays, they lost that New York sound all at once.
“But there been dudes like Action, Joey,” he added. “Y’all don’t be playing their joints like all the time or trying to break them. …You playing them now, like Troy Ave getting love now, but he wasn’t getting no radio love last year. …New York Radio, New York club, New York deejays: I’m not saying don’t play Down South music. …Just play New York stuff, too! Like, we from New York! This is New York City! This is the Mecca of Rap!”