The Lox Talk ‘Trinity’ EP, State of New York Rap on Hot 97
Following in the footsteps of Beyonce, New York rap trio the LOX released their new EP, 'The Trinity,' without warning on iTunes last week. The four-song collection features boom-bap beats and rhymes from Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch. The LOX appeared on Hot 97 to talk about the project and the state of New York rap.
During the interview, the Yonkers trio revealed that it was Beyonce’s ingenious sneak attack on the marketplace that inspired them to drop their own EP.
"It felt right," says 'Kiss. "In this business, timing is everything. And taking chances is always great."
"She made it better," adds Styles P. "It made sense. It’s about a hustle. Four songs, four dollars, New York lyrics and good vibe music."
Currently, 'The Trinity' EP is at No. 1 on the iTunes Rap chart, which shows that fans are yearning for some new material from the group.
The LOX also talk about music industry politics and who is really to blame for the current state of New York rap.
Although Styles P said that Hot 97 plays too much southern rap he was quick to point out that rappers from the five boroughs need to step their game up musically.
"A lot of New York artists over the years have lost that New York sound," he states. "And then a lot of New York DJs lost the New York sound."
"I’m not saying don’t play down south music," he adds. "Just play New York music, too. This is the mecca of rap."
In the meantime, the LOX are planning to drop a full-length album in 2014.
"When you get this new LOX music, play it. Hold us down," says Sheek Louch.