Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch on the Undisputed Legacy of the LOX

One of New York rap’s mainstays since the days of mid-to-late ’90s DJ Clue tapes, the LOX have evolved seamlessly over the last 20 years from lesser-known street lyricists to elder statesmen of the game. Initially ushered in by Mary J. Blige, who would go on to ascend to R&B stardom, the LOX, along with future superstar DMX, represented a small-scale rap renaissance for Yonkers, a suburban Westchester County enclave neighboring the Bronx. Blessed with the good fortune of signing to Diddy’s commercially rugged Bad Boy imprint, the trio’s 1998 debut Money, Power & Respect was a polished release that gave them a platform while simultaneously strengthening their resolve to craft music on their own terms…


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