The L.O.X. has been on hiatus over the past decade or so, going underground and out of the spotlight of the mainstream…. Back to their Yonkers roots some might say. But this year they’ve come out of the shadows to once again soak in some of the Hollywood lighting. Earlier this year they released a new song titled “New York City” (March 2014). This release comes quickly on the heels of their 20th Anniversary “Trinity” tour kickoff, just a couple days to be exact.
Following the initial release, the trio of Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch who make up the LOX, are back in June 2014 delivering yet another song release. This time its “Salute A Gee”, which brings back everything that the group was known for from its beginnings including a punchy instrumental. It’s album quality leaves me scratching my head now wondering if this is merely just dropping new mixes or are they single dropping as a preview of their “We Are the Streets 2” album. The album is due out later this year, and is their first album in 14 years. Whether they’re releasing mixes or dropping singles though, they are definitely gearing up for something in a big way!
It’s worth mentioning that this release comes to us just 2 days after “Salute A Gee” was released and is titled “D-Block Survivor”. I’ve taken the time to listen to both the instrumental as well as the full length song as they intended it to be, and with a 90% user rating on Hot New Hip Hop, it’s fair to say I’m not the only fan of the musicality, lyrics, and all around style these vets bring to the table.
Let’s talk for a minute though about the instrumental, the intro is chock full of brass and bass that just doesn’t stop. For a minute I considered that these guys really returned to their roots and got their high school band to perform the piece. Its RAW beat and unfiltered screams intertwine impeccably with the background trumpets and cymbals. There are very few lyrics laid down on the instrumental track however, when used in conjunction with the lyrics on the full version they lend a touch of something that is simply unmatched. It’s got massive potential in a commercial market featuring crowd pumping rhythms and body moving grooves.
If you didn’t already know, the L.O.X. stands for Living Off eXperience…. They’re definitely bringing experience to the playing field and that’ll pay off big for them.
New York CityQuotable Lyrics:
Cane slanging, chain hanging, gang bangin,’
20 some odd years, nigga your’e name banging
Just look at the ratio, the lames winning
Salute A Gee Quotable Lyrics:
And I come from a block where they clap back
You don’t want another hole in your snapback
I got a big ass gun in my backpack
Rob niggas, let it ring
D-Block Survivor Quotable Lyrics:
Filthy aint I? innocent but born a thug
My society place priority on a drug
Half a kilos, nervous lookin’ out the peep hole
Project buildings, buzzin’ the wrong niggas in
“The Trinity Tour” Dates
February 28 Waterbury, CT Sin City
March 7 Providence, RI Lupos
March 26 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
March 28 London, UK Indigo2
March 29 Manchester, UK The Academy
April 3 Los Angeles, CA The Belasco
April 4 San Francisco, CA 1015 Folsom
April 10 New Orleans, LA Howlin’ Wolf
April 11 Chicago, IL The Double Door
April 26 Boston, MA The Middle East
April 30 Washington, DC The Howard Theater
May 6 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
May 8 Hamilton, ON Molson Canadian Studio
May 9 Montreal, QC Arena Live
May 10 Edmonton, AB Encore
May 11 Calgary, AB The Marquee Room