Now that the battle is over, the world found out that The LOX definitely have hits. You may not remember them because you haven’t heard them in awhile. Or you may be too young to be familiar with the group and this was your time being exposed to them. Either way you have to recognize they have bangers in their catalog.
But what I appreciate the most; maybe because I grew rhyming, doing shows, rapping in the lunch room, making demos and sending them in to the record label addresses on the back of the album cover. The LOX did not just stick to the many obvious hits they had. They also showed the lyrical side of the game and that element that is signature to the NY sound, freestyling over hot beats.
Their was a time in the late 90’s and early 2000’s that mixtapes were the most popular thing moving in NYC. And while it was an opportunity for DJ’s to make a name for themselves by premiering new unreleased music, the hidden gem on these tapes were the freestyles. And there was no better way at that time to create a buzz then having your rhymes on Tony Touch, S&S, Kid Capri and arguably the king of mixtapes DJ Clue.
In NY rappers wanted to make good songs that played on the radio and in the clubs but yet they all wanted to be respected in their hoods and as equal to the lyricist they looked up to whether Kane, KRS, Caz or even Jay-Z. The LOX showed not only did they have hits that bumped in the club but also the freestyle lyrics that would make you nod your head, laugh out loud when you got the punch line, get out your seat and walk around in disbelief like did he just say that?