Name: Sheek Louch
Mixtape: Supa Mario Presents Lockdown: D-Block Street Series Vol. 1
Hometown: Yonkers, New York
Joints to check for: "Mind Ya Business," "Livin Ya Life," "2 Gunz Up"
Previous mixtapes: Are you kidding? The LOX have practically lived on mixtapes since 1995.
The 411: "Everywhere we go-oh, people wanna knooowww/ Who we are/ So we tell them/ This is D-Block — mighty, mighty D-Block." Who would have thought that Jadakiss flipping a chant he used to say as a shorty in Pop Warner football would translate into not only another street anthem for his clique, but "2 Gunz Up," the first single from Sheek Louch's solo debut, Walk Witt Me?
Not only does Sheek have to please the fans who've been starving for an official LP from the LOX camp (there hasn't been anything in stores since Style's A Gangster and a Gentleman last year), but he's the first act on the group's new D-Block label, distributed through Universal.
"Ruff Ryders is fam — they always gonna be fam," Sheek began to explain recently in New York. "But D-Block is me, Jadakiss and Styles' label. We wanted to do our own thing; we didn't really want no connections with no one. We just wanted to stand out on our own and start a whole new fresh, young-blood label, and that's what we're going to do."
Sheek's top priority as a co-CEO works hand-in-hand with his duties as an artist. With his album dropping September 9, he's got to stay hot in the streets. So just in case you haven't heard any of Sheek's million freestyles for the streets or the couple of joints from Walk Witt Me that have leaked early, here is Lockdown.
"I Ain't Forget" is Sheek's musical diary in which he details everything from rolling with P. Diddy and Mase to his group members blowing up with solo LPs. "Sheek never had solo plans till I dropped a freestyle with some of my mans," he recalls in rhyme. "Nah, I don't know/ I'm just trying to get a label/ Sit behind a desk, watch a little cable."
Louch is twice as brazen on "I Thought I Told You." He's "spitting more than a major league baseball team," his guns are blazing and his ego is on fire. "N---as was sleeping on me," he laments. "Really? Just a f---in' nap./ Y'all knew my sh-- was coming, y'all heard my bullets hummin'/ Y'all smelled the sh-- I'm baking, damn what a rude awakening."
After Sheek drops his LP this fall, the label will focus on the LOX's teenage protégé J Hood. Although we're still far off from hearing the LOX's next group LP, they do have an album's worth of material in the stash and are looking to go back in the lab at full strength after Styles is released from prison August 4. Jadakiss begins recording his second solo offering, The Kiss of Death, next week.
Kiss, Hood and Sheek will start production on the "2 Gunz Up" video in a couple of weeks.
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