Move over Beyonce, here come the LOX. It’s been over 10 years since Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch dropped their last official project as a group, but on Wednesday morning (December 18), the Yonkers, New York, trio released a brand-new four-song EP on iTunes.
After teasing fans for a few hours with some cryptic messaging, the group announced the release of their Trinity EP on Twitter and Instagram shortly after midnight. The move comes just days after Beyoncé dropped her new self-titled LP out of nowhere, the singer now has the #1 album in the country, selling over 600,000 copies in just three days.
The new project starts with the bouncy, get-high ode “Faded.” Styles P sets things off by sending shouts to Mary Jane, while Kiss closes it out with his familiar raspy flow and striking one-liners. “Talk About It” is a darker offering. “I ain’t no rapper dog, I’ma crook that flow,” Jada barks.
With “Love Me or Leave Me Alone,” the LOX recreate Brand Nubian’s 1993 single of the same name, and on “Three Kings,” they close out strong. “Hold up, checkmate, king me/ L.O.X. see the treasure that it bring me,” Sheek rhymes.
The group grew to prominence as an act on Diddy’s Bad Boy record label in the late 1990s and then moved over to Ruff Ryders to drop their sophomore LP We Are the Streets in 2000. Their third LP has been limbo for the past decade, with talks of a release intensifying over the past year.
In 2012, Sheek Louch revealed to MTV News that the new album will be executive produced by Swizz Beatz and DJ Khaled.
“We already like 10 joints in,” Swizz Beatz told “RapFix Live” last month. “And Khaled definitely has an ear for music and especially bringing along those collaborations, which I think could be a strong point for the LOX. But it’s [whatever] the LOX think.”