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The LOX -- an acronym for "Living Off Experience" -- are a Yonkers, New York-based rap trio who worked their way up through the Bad Boy training camp, writing and rapping on hits by the likes of Puff Daddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, and Mariah Carey before releasing their debut album in early 1998. Sheek (Shawn Jacobs), Jadakiss (Jayson Phillips), and Styles (David Styles) began rapping together in their childhood. By the time they reached their late teens, they had settled on the LOX name (from their original moniker "the Warlocks"). Eventually, they met Mary J. Blige. Impressed by their demo tape, Blige forwarded the tape to Sean "Puffy" Combs, who hired the trio as writers. Between 1996 and 1997, the group wrote and performed on a number of Combs productions, including his own "It's All About the Benjamins" and "I Got the Power," Mase's "24 Hrs. to Live," Mariah Carey's "Honey," the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Last Day," Mary J. Blige's "Can't Get You Off My Mind," and Zhané's "Saturday Night." The LOX received an unexpected boost in the summer of 1997 when their tribute to the late Biggie Smalls, "We'll Always Love Big Poppa," was picked as the B-side of Puff Daddy's international number one hit "I'll Be Missing You." The single was the biggest hit of 1997, setting the stage for the January 1998 release of the LOX's debut, Money, Power & Respect, which went as high as number three on the pop album chart. After a switch to the Ruff Ryders label camp, We Are the Streets followed in early 2000. Legal problems with Bad Boy kept the group from recording as a unit for years to come, but in 2007 a set of early recordings was released as Before the L.O.X. New material landed in 2013 with the surprise EP The Trinity, which was followed in 2014 by its sequel, The Trinity: 2nd Sermon. In late 2016, almost two decades after the release of their sophomore effort, the LOX unveiled their third official LP, Filthy America...It's Beautiful, on D-Block/Roc Nation. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Stations Featuring

    Underground Hip-Hop

    Underground Hip-Hop
    5 songs

    '90s Hip-Hop

    '90s Hip-Hop
    1 song

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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Money, Power & Respect
  3.   F*** You
  4.   Move Forward
  5.   What Else You Need to Know
  6.   Survivor
  7.   All We Know
  8.   Savior
  9.   Secure the Bag
  10.   Don't You Cry
  11.   Ryde or Die, B**** featuring Drag-On
  12.   Hard Life
  13.   Wild Out
  14.   Filthy America
  15.   Blood Pressure
  16.   The Agreement
  17.   If You Think I'm Jiggy
  18.   No Selfies
  19.   Ryde or Die, **** featuring Drag-On
  20.   Scream L.O.X.
  21.   The Set-Up
  22.   We'll Always Love Big Poppa
  23.   Now Listen
  24.   Felony Niggas
  25.   Can I Live
  26.   Everybody Wanna Rat
  27.   All For the Love
  28.   Bitches From Eastwick
  29.   Get This $
  30.   Mad Rapper (Interlude)
  31.   The Family
  32.   Stupid Questions (Skit)
  33.   Omen
  34.   Footage by Whispers
  35.   What Happens? by J-Doe
  36.   Rollin with the Homies
  37.   Let Me Hit Yo Wife
  38.   Bust Your Gun by Styles & Sheek
  39.   Dirty Ryders
  40.   If You Know
  41.   Bring It On
  42.   Y'all F***ed up Now
  43.   Recognize
  44.   So Right by Kelly Price
  45.   Not to Be Fucked With
  46.   Goin' Be Some Shit
  47.   I Wanna Thank You
  48.   Sister Cali
  49.   Bag Allegiance (Skit)
  50.   Horror
  51.   Thank You
  52.   Product
  53.   Wait for Me
  54.   Real Is Real by Von
  55.   The Interview, Pt. 2 (Interlude)
  56.   Keep Hustlin'
  57.   Y'all Fucked Up Now
  58.   We Are the Streets
  59.   Brains... (Take: 1) (Skit)
  60.   U Told Me
  61.   Rape'n U Records (Skit)
  62.   Breathe Easy
  63.   Can't Stop, Won't Stop
  64.   The Heist, Pt. 1
  65.   Let's Start Rap Over
  66.   Yonker's Tale
  67.   Livin' the Life
  68.   Bust Your Gun featuring Styles & Sheek
  69.   The Snitch (Interlude)
  70.   Ignorant
  71.   Duffle Bag
  72.   Built for Bodies (Skit)
  73.   Let's Get It
  74.   The Interview, Pt. 1 (Interlude)
  75.   Intro (Skit)
  76.   Try Me

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