Album Review- Styles P- Master of Ceremonies

By now, Styles P is a member of Hip-hop history even though it would seem to be at odds with his street persona, he is a rapper. A throwback to a grittier era, this album is a straightforward example of NY hip-hop.

The album starts off with an ode to smoking "This is How i Fly" which features Avery Storm. It sounds like an early 00's album mid-tempo cut and that's exactly what it is. Nothing too striking to start off an album with. The same type of feeling follows on "We Don't Play" which features Lloyd Banks. None of the punchlines on this straight up rapping track really strikes a chord or deserves a rewind. "Ryde on the Regular" is a better song, though it has a slightly vintage flow, the enveloping piano and cymbals help the track immensely. Styles spits some general street lyrics, but they're a bit tighter and his flow is on point. The hook could have used work but this song represents what Styles is.

Sheek Louch appears on "Street Shit" (what else), where Styles spits over a beat I'm sure I've heard before. Sheek does his thing though. Statik Selektah produces "Feelings Gone" which has an interesting bass line and uses Lox samples for the hook. "Its OK" has Styles and kiss doing their back and forth thing which is less than stellar by now. Rick Ross and Busta Rhymes fetaure on "Harsh" where Busta regresses to the description of bubbling drugs for like half of his verse. "Children" with Pharoahe Monch is a track that could have been left off the album.

In odd pairings, Pharell is the feature artist on "Don't Turn Away" which uses a slick little guitar riff but seems more like a track for a neptunes album than truly being at home on this collection. "Uh Oh" is a straight up mash in the hood throwback cut, and it also features Sheek. These two work together way better than either does with Jada. "Keep the Faith" with Aja is one of the better tracks on the album as is "I'm a Gee" which features Rell. Where he has been hiding I don't know but Styles does good with providing a slightly different and more in depth look at his "G" persona.

Styles is a rapper either you like or you don't. There isn't going to be much different from what he has been doing but songs like "I'm a Gee" and "Ryde on the Regular" don't do too bad overall and if he could just put together a couple more original joints on each album you could say more about him. As it is, the hardcore Lox, Sean price types fans will love this album though much of it is very well covered topics by Styles iver the past 15 years in the game.

Rating: 2.5/5


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