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Styles P - Time Is Money (2006) Retail CD
I was introduced to Styles P, Jadakiss and Sheek Louch, who are known collectively as The LOX on 2 tracks: N_____z Done Started Something w/DMX and Mase and on "24 Hours To Live" w/Mase, Black Rob, and DMX. On both tracks I knew that The LOX had a nice future on Bad Boy Records. However, I didn't see them as a shiny suit group that I knew Puffy would try to turn them into. That's exactly what happened on their first single "If You Think I'm Jiggy" and although I liked the song, Puffy did them no justice in the video. Things got better on "Money, Power, Respect" w/Lil Kim on the hook andmore… DMX also dropping by to drop a verse. My favorite tracks were "Livin' The Life", "B______s From Eastwick", "All For The Love" and "Everybody Wanna Rat". Once Biggie died, things got tough for The LOX. Yes they would make various guest appearances as they did on Biggie's "Last Day" from "Life After Death" but with Puffy putting his career above his artists it wasn't likely for Bad Boy acts to be successful. Before you knew it, The LOX were rollin' with The Ruff Ryders and the results were pretty good. The track "Ryde Or Die" was featured on "Ruff Ryders' Volume 1" and The LOX, along with Eve, Drag-On and DMX had a nice joint on their hands. Jadakiss and Styles P also had a nice performance on the "Ruff Ryders' Anthem remix with Eve, Drag-On and DMX as well. The LOX released "We Are The Streets" and fans of their 1st CD were definitely pleased with tracks like "F_____ You", "Can I Live" w/Kasino, "Breathe Easy", "Blood Pressure" and the DJ Premier produced "Recognize". Once Jadakiss dropped his solo debut "Kiss The Game Goodbye", Styles P was the next member to test the solo waters. "A Gangster And A Gentleman" ended up being better than I thought. I figured without Jadakiss and Sheek Louch by his side, Styles P with have a hard time with things. However, I was wrong with tracks like "The Life", the 1st single "Good Times", "Lick Shots" w/Jadakiss, Sheek Louch and J-Hood, "I'm A Ruff Ryder" w/Jadakiss and "We Thugs, My N_____s" w/Jadakiss and Sheek Louch. Seeing that this CD was released in 2002, a 2nd Styles P. CD was way overdue. After this release the only LOX releases that were officially released were Jadakiss' 2nd solo CD, "Kiss Of Death". Sheek Louch released 2 solo CDs with "Walk Witt Me" and "After Taxes" and they released a short D-Block Mixtape that only had about 8 tracks on it. No LOX CD or no Styles P 2nd CD had been released at all.
Then all of a sudden late 2005/early 2006 I heard a track entitled "I'm Black" which featured Floetry and I got my hopes up that a Styles P CD would be released soon. Then in the Spring of 2006 I heard another track entitled "Can U Believe It" w/Akon that was produced by Lil Jon. Still everytime you heard a release date for the CD, the time came and went. In between all of these events a beef had ensued between 50 Cent and G Unit and Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch, and J-Hood. 50 threatened that he would push Styles P CD back and it seemed that his ramblings were proving to be true. For some reason, the powers to be at Interscope were allowing 50 to determine when Styles' CD could or could not come out.
Finally, in December of 2006 "Time Is Money" was released. However, there was no promotion, no video, nothing..... Gladly, Styles P was let out of his contract and now he is a free agent. As to the CD, the 1st track is entitled "G Joint". J-Hood is featured on the last verse and you get a taste of what Styles P can do when he is allowed to get some music out. Styles P is at his best when he stays loyal to the streets and releases those type of songs. J-Hood has some more words for G-Unit and seeing that this CD was supposed to be released some time ago this could just be an outdated track. My favorite track on "Time Is Money" is definitely "Testify" which features Talib Kweli and is produced by DJ Hi Tek. The two rappers go back and forth on what they see is wrong in the world and in the state of hip hop. Talib Kweli definitely gives a nice lyrical performance and Hi-Tek drops another tight track. Havoc of Mobb Deep, (Yeah the same Havoc that is in G-Unit) produces "How We Live" which features Jadakiss on the chorus. However, that shows you how outdated this CD is because you know Havoc produced this track before he signed to G-Unit. This is one of the better tracks on "Time Is Money" and will definitely have you wishing that the next LOX CD was coming out very soon. Gerald Levert (RIP) joins Styles P on "Real S____". Scott Storch drops a tight beat and Gerald Levert leaves the teddy bear at home this time around and he drops a nice grimy hook on the track. This track would have made a nice video if the "G" man were still with us. Swizz Beatz makes an apperance with Jadakiss and Sheek Louch on Style P's remix to the mixtape cut "Who Want A Problem". The track is pretty good but is nowhere near as good as the first 4 tracks on the CD. "My Favorite Drug" uses the same sample that TI had used for his "Why U Wanna" track. "My Favorite Drug" was on a mixtape before TI made the track but we all now whose song was popular and whose song was just heard on several mixtapes in 2006. The song is pretty decent but I prefer the street Styles P over the radio friendly Styles P. "Fire And Pain" features Sizzla on the hook and is also a good track. You just wish that Interscope would have released this sooner or that once "Time Is Money" was released they would have gave this CD better promotion.
"Kick It Like That" is definitely the worst track on this CD as Styles is trying too hard to please the ladies on this song. He is also trying too hard to compose his lyrics around Jagged Edge song titles like "Walked Outta Heaven", "Hard" and "Wednesday Lover". I know that rappers need commercial songs on their CD but I know that they can sound better than this. Since "I'm Black" and "Can U Believe It" were released so early on without a CD it's nice to have them on the CD, but the tracks are clearly outdated. Interscope should have allowed Styles P to have more than 12 tracks on a CD that should have been released over a year ago.
Overall, I clearly sympathize with Styles P. We are quick to judge rappers when they release CDs that aren't up to par. However, if the label is not behind the project 100% this is clearly what happens: Bad promotion, No Marketing and overall a collective waste of time by the powers that be. I rate this CD a 3 and a half, but if Styles would have had people that believed in this project, it clearly could have been better. However, Styles P doesn't have to prove anything to me. I know that he is a quality rapper in the game today. If you don't believe me find someone that has "The Ghost In The Shell" mixtape. Styles just needs a label that is going to be behind his project. With that behind him, Styles won't be able to release a CD without anything behind it like "Time Is Money".
James' Top 5
1) Testify w/Talib Kweli
2) Real S_____ w/Gerald Levert
3) How We Live w/Jadakiss
4) G Joint w/J-Hood
5) I'm Black w/Floetry
Fire And Pain w/Sizzla
Who Want A Problem (Remix) w/Jadakiss & Sheek Louch
Leave A Message
|3||How We Live|
|5||Who Want A Problem|
|7||Can You Believe It|
|8||Kick It Like That|
|10||Fire & Pain|
|11||Burn One Down|
|12||Leave A Message|
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