20 years after the LOX dropped their debut album on the Ruff Ryders label, the group is back with their fourth album. The LOX got their first big break when they signed with Bad Boy Records. After the “Let The LOX Go” campaign they were let out of their contract with Diddy and Bad Boy Records. Their new album “Living Off Xperience” embodies a mixture of the groups twenty plus years in the game. What makes this group one of the greatest is their ability to have their own distinctive styles while maintaining the chemistry of a group.
Even though this is only the Lox’s fourth album as a group, they all manage to stay relevant by dropping multiple solo albums. This year alone we got to see both Styles P and Jadakiss drop some of the dopest LP’s of the year. The group didn’t miss a step with their new album as they gave the streets new music. If you are a fan of raw hip hop you will not be disappointed. The intro track “Gave It To Em” put me immediately back into their We Are the Streets days. It is easily one of the hardest songs on the project.
The Lox added songs with features from Griselda Record’s own Westside Gun and Benny The Butcher. A straight bar assault with production from legendary producer Large Professor. Another song to catch my attention was “My America” that featured the multi-talented Oswin Benjamin. It’s on the conscious side but done with the LOX’s gritty style. A surprise song for me was “Dirty Dirty,” a song with a Caribbean feel. They even managed to put together another classic hip hop story with their song “Story.” A song where Styles found himself kidnapped and is freed by his brothers Jadakiss and Sheek.
The songs lead single features DMX and took me back to the hip hop glory days of the late ’90s. “Bout Shit” is a combination of both bars and DMX’s high energy hook. Overall the LOX put together a tough body of work. From songs like “Miss You” featuring T-Pain to “Move,” shows the groups range in hip hop. I consider this album an instant classic and it will be on repeat.