Ruff ryders mount up — New York hip hop heavyweights The Lox surprised fans in late 2013 with The Trinity EP, their first new material since 2000’s We Are The Streets. With labels from Bad Boy to Maybach Music Group competing for the chance to release the trio’s 2014 full-length, Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch are doing what they do best — holding it down for fans at select tour dates around the country.
The Lox, an acronym for Living Off Experience, formed in Yonkers in the mid-’90s, attracting the eye of fellow Yonkers native Mary J. Blige with their underground demos and mixtapes. Blige fast-tracked their demo to Puff Daddy, who signed them to his Bad Boy label and featured them on his 1997 smash “It’s All About the Benjamins.” It was all dollar signs from there, as The Lox’s 1998 debut album Money, Power & Respect topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. 2000 follow-up We Are the Streets, a similar success, would be the group’s last new release until the surprise drop of 2013’s The Trinity EP, which has fans eagerly awaiting the arrival of the trio’s third full-length in 2014.