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Gangster and a Gentleman
     

A Gangster and a Gentleman

4.8 6
by Styles P
 
As one-third of the intrepid street rap trio LOX, Styles Paniro had seen hip-hop go through a number of awkward phases since the death of friend and mentor the Notorious B.I.G. Biggie Smalls and Sean "Puffy" Combs were the first to recognize the talents of Styles and fellow Yonkers natives

Overview

As one-third of the intrepid street rap trio LOX, Styles Paniro had seen hip-hop go through a number of awkward phases since the death of friend and mentor the Notorious B.I.G. Biggie Smalls and Sean "Puffy" Combs were the first to recognize the talents of Styles and fellow Yonkers natives Jadakiss and Sheek Luciano. After Biggie's passing, the LOX released their debut, Money, Power & Respect, in 1998, and Styles was always the MC who listeners looked forward to hearing on the track. After the LOX became fed up with Puff Daddy's glammed-out approach to the rap game, they rediscovered their gully roots and resurfaced with DMX, Swizz Beatz, and the Ruff Ryder camp in early 2000, releasing the far-more-edgy We Are the Streets later that same year. After fellow LOX member Jadakiss found solo success with his summer 2001 release Kiss tha Game Goodbye, it was only a matter of time before Styles, every bit as talented a lyricist as Jada but perhaps a little less marketable, came forth with a solo venture. The buzz for this album was spurred by two singles in particular: the soulful memoir "My Life," featuring Pharoahe Monch (originally released on Rawkus' Soundbombing, Vol. 3), and the herbalist's anthem "Good Times." But this album is more than just a two-track wonder, as Styles divides equal time between his bipolar persona. On the gangster side, Styles offers thuggish joints like the kettle-drum-laced "Styles," the stirring "Lick Shots" featuring the LOX crew, and the party banger "Soul Clap," which loops a snippet from the classic Native Tongues remix of "Scenario." Styles shows a more humanist side on the laid-back "Black Magic," featuring Angie Stone, and expends heartfelt lamentation on the death of his older brother on "My Brother." The album's haphazard track sequencing detracts from its overall quality, as the songs don't transition well from one to the next. Also, despite Styles' made-man, one-foot-in-the-spirit realm approach, the MC fails to carry a couple of tracks (which may be the result of some spotty, soulless production). These minor glitches aside, Styles' debut hits hard like a double shot of Glenlivet or a haymaker to the thorax.

Editorial Reviews

The Source
In this epic, Styles [of the LOX] is definitely more gangster than gentleman. His career defining preoccupation with death and guns is ever-present with only brief intermissions of politeness. Nevertheless, he establishes himself as a leading man worthy of a place on hip-hop's red carpet. Jerry L. Barrow

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2002
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949333928
catalogNumber:
493339
Rank:
35921

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Styles P   Primary Artist
Angie Stone   Track Performer
Jadakiss   Track Performer
P.K.   Track Performer
J-Hood   Track Performer
Cross   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ken "Duro" Ifill   Producer
Alchemist   Producer
Rockwilder   Producer
David Swope   Engineer
DJ Clue?   Producer
DJ Twinz   Producer
DJ Shok   Producer,Engineer
Steve Conover   Engineer
P. Killer   Producer
Jay "Icepick" Jackson   Producer
Dee Dean   Executive Producer
Waah Dean   Executive Producer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Dragan "Chach" Cacinovic   Engineer
Mister Devine   Producer
Craig Brodhead   Arranger
Styles P   Producer
D-Block   Producer

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A Gangster and a Gentleman 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He dropped two critically acclaimed albums as a member of the LOX and now Styles is stepping out of Jadakiss¿ shadow and Ruff Rydin¿ on a solo mission with his latest effort A Gangster And A Gentleman. This album is not for people who like commercial friendly rap music; Styles makes music for hardcore hip-hop heads. There¿s no ¿super bling-bling rapping¿ on this cd. A Gangster And A Gentleman is hard-hitting from intro to finish. The two stand out tracks on this album are the singles ¿Good Times¿ and ¿The Life¿ with Pharoahe Monch. A touching track on the album is the song dedicated to his deceased brother (¿My Brother¿). Surprisingly, the street rapper gets soulful on the duet with Angie Stone entitled ¿Black Magic¿. Instead of trying to cross over to the masses he makes sure that his hardcore fans are pleased on ¿Nobody Believes Me¿, ¿We Thugs (My Niggas)¿, and `Lick Shots¿. A Gangster And A Gentleman is a sold effort by Styles P ¿The Ghost¿. After listening to the album I can see why he claims to be ¿your favorite rapper¿s favorite rapper¿. It¿s a definite must have cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gangsta and a Gentleman was off the chain because The Lox is my favorite rap group and Jadakiss is the man and so is Styles. This album is worth your money trust me you wan't be sorry you brought it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a time where g-unit and jay-z rule the airwaves, the Lox stay getting over looked.. There been here since i've been in grade school, and now i'm 21 yrs old, and there still around,& are as tough as before, even better.. . The kid Styles is crazy.. Kiss crazy, and the kid Louch,,, crazy.. The best group ever hands down.. Name who's better ? G-unit ? please.. Mobb deep ? nope.. .Holla at them Yonkers boys.. A Kiss, Styles, Sheek we love u up in Jers.. .D-block .. . Ya'll need to snatch Cassidy up !!!! holla at cha boy.. . GL "Jersey.. . ." Styles P Classic LP... Nothin more, nothin less.. . Cop it !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Styles P definately put it down on this one. ALbum is DEEP and REAL witch are two things that arent very abundant in the hip hop game right now he kept it very real on this one styles way of using similies is so creative and he has some song that will get you hyped. But whats so fly about this album is that you can listen to it while your going through things. Styles actually stops to talk to his young listeners to tell them not to intentionally try to be a gansta or live a thug life cause you can end up dead or in jail which i found very valuable that he could keep it real like that. Every body knows that good times is off the chain as well as The life but styles has alot of other valuable tracks on hear that are worth checking out. If i could have released a track on his album instead of "daddy get that cash" i would've realeased "A Gansta And A Gentlemen" that track goes FED it's definately one of my favorites. But yeah if you havent picked it up you need to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Styles P and the Ruff Ryder family really did the damn thing on this album. It makes you wonder who is the best lyricist that is representing The Lox.
Guest More than 1 year ago
from what i have heard, i think this is a tight album