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Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman)

Styles P

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Album Review

Styles P's third solo full-length, Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman), was not titled haphazardly. The album, like the rapper's others, is a mixture of synth-heavy hardcore rap — with enough gun and drug references to satisfy the hardest of all listeners — and more soul-sample-driven contemplative (but nothing near backpack) hip-hop. The Phantom's a self-professed thug ("There's a part of me that loves being a gangster," he admits on "Alone in the Street"), bragging about his toughness throughout the entire record and bringing in guests like Jadakiss and Sheek Louch on "Gangster, Gangster," Ghostface Killah ("A twin ghost experience!") on "Star of the State," and Green Lantern on the excellent "Holiday" — which includes the kind of line Styles is best at, simple but pointed: "I get ya, get the picture?/I'm the painter, you're the painted" — to help keep things intense, both in production (beats are from Hi-Tek, the Alchemist, and Akon, among others) and lyrics. But he's also quite thoughtful, conscious of his and his music's image, and tries his best to address this: "Hard being the gangsta rapper/You don't know the half/You ain't got to condone this, but you was never homeless," he rhymes on "All I Know Is Pain." It's this type of careful reflection that separates the MC from most of his contemporaries, and makes tracks like the aforementioned "Alone in the Street" or "Cause I'm Black," with guest Black Thought, which explores racism ("genocide, Jena Six, guilty till we're innocent," the Roots' frontman spits) and acts as a kind of sequel to "I'm Black," not seem out of place amid the harder, more violent pieces and even the couple of club- or radio-friendly tracks (Hi-Tek's "Let's Go" — which features a hook from none other than Brandy's little bro Ray J — the Swizz Beatz single "Blow Your Mind"). SP never pushes too far in one direction so that he creates an unbelievable persona; instead, he's multifaceted, both cocky and aware of his faults, introspective and angry, and so even when things get a bit repetitive, or even miss ("Green Piece of Paper" for example, variants of which have been done too many times before), there's an air of honesty about it all, which makes Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) a very solid release.

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Fed up with Interscope's job of handling his record, Time Is Money, the ghost is back after a two year hiatus. With Koch, P promises to bring the fire. Blow Your Mind: The lead single, its a lush feel good joint produced by Swizz. Real relaxing track that has radio friendly production with piano keys and a good track. P flows nicely over the track and Swizz handles the hook, good single that starts the album nicely. 4/5 Let's Go: Hi-Tek gives a solid beat, but it doesn't fit with Styles style that well. Ray J's hook sounds weak and annoying, not clearly capturing a strong hook. P sounds out of place on the track and it ends up being a dull track. 2.5/5 Alone In The Street: This is the ghost we know, Vinny Idol's production shines, repetitive keys and a great sample for the hook. P contemplates about late night street hustles and the lifestyle, good track. 3.5/5 In It To Win It: P spits some serious fire on a track that is exactly his style. Dramatic keys and a guitar line build some intensity that features a solid hook. Bully's appearance isn't needed here and kind of takes away from a truely strong ghost track, but nonetheless its a banger. 3.5/5 All I Know Is Pain: Alchemist beat that features synth blending and an alarm sounding key that repeats throughout. P reflects on the struggle, "hard being the gangster rapper, you don't know the half, you ain't got to condone this, but you was never homeless". Its a solid track that shows P in his reflective state, but something about the production, keeps it from being a solid hit. 3.5/5 Got My Eyes On You: Akon produced banger, the track was decent with a decent hook. P flows nicely here, but the track is more of a tiresome Akon concoction, instead of a straight ghost banger. The hook for example is a little irritating. 3/5 Green Piece Of Paper: Similar Alchemist production to "All I Know Is Pain", except better. The bass guitar line rides nicely and the keys blend better. P talks about how gettin that paper, how he worked for it and others tried but never got it. Good track. 3/5 Holiday: Green Lantern's guitar rolling banger is quite experimentive and it sounds okay. The track doesn't quite fulfill potential though and features a horrid hook from Dipset member Max B, whose crooning is more of a mumbled whine. 2.5/5 Look At Her: Another experimentive and unique production from Lantern, P sadly sounds out place on the track. The subject matter seems mismatching to the production and P sounds dull and boring similar to "Let's Go". Another crossover attempt, that like "Let's Go" isn't successful like "Blow Your Mind". 2/5 Da 80's: Solid beat from Kid Capri, Styles does his thing and the result is a good track. His "no hook, I got lyrics" mentality is nice, and he is on top of his spit. 3.5/5 Shoot N***as: Excellent track that just might be the best one here. I have to say, Dame Grease's production features some intensity driven keys, as P spits absolute fire that we all love him for. Raw Buck joins in on the action and this is plain fire, great. track. 4/5 Super Gangster: Decent Vinny Idol beat, P brings swagger and spit to the title track. Decent cut here. 3/5 Star Of The State: "Twin ghost experience", Ghostface Killah yells out, as the New York bred vets spit fire over the looming Vinny Idol beat. Its a great collaboration that features two hard hitting rappers spitting strong verses. 3.5/5 U Ain't Ready For Me: Another Dame Grease fire filled production, soldier style snares and grumpy horns back up menacing lines from Sigel & P. Trading verses, both sound good on this banger. 3.5/5 Gangster, Gangster: Soulful key filled Pete Rock beat, The Lox, Jada, Sheek & P all bring their top game on this Lox track. Wetting the appetites of Lox fans of a possible album coming. Solid track that is refreshing to hear all three spitting well. 4/5 Cause I'm Black: Another solid socially consicous track, that we saw part one, "I'm Black" on Time Is Money, P brings Roots frontman Black Thought to spit a great verse. 4/5 Hot Shotgun: Nice production here, however the hook sample is a little out of place. Decent track. 3/5 5 Star General: Lackluster production, P sounds okay on this, I didn't care for it though. 2/5 The Hardest: Funny how the track is soulful and smooth, yet the title suggests a much more hardcore subject matter. Anyway its a solid track that has some nice production. 3.5/5 P's third album, Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) is a return to the fire. We evidenced some of this on Time Is Money (Burn One Down), but it was more commercial. Immedietly you can see the difference, in the title and the cover, Time Is Money featured a more smooth and polished ghost, where here we see ghost in street clothes and street backing. "Blow Your Mind" is nice single that is lush and club, "Alone In The Street" & "All I Know Is Pain" feature P's reflectiveness of the streets, struggle and hustle. "In It To Win It" is a winner with some fire, "Shoot N***as" is another fire filled gem, and "U Ain't Ready For Me" features Beans & Ghost bringing it. "Look At Her" & "Let's Go" sadly are failed crossover attempts, "Got My Eyes On You" is a tiresome Akon track and the Max B crooning makes "Holiday" average, rather than good. "Cause I'm Black" is very social consicous, featuring an excellent guest verse from Black Thought. P does bring the fire, but at times he seems out of place on crossover attempts. He still keeps consicousness that is nice on a few, and overall it is a solid P album, that isn't better than Time Is Money, but either equal or slightly less. Definitely enjoyable, P's fans cop and for all you looking for some street fire, check it out. Rating 7.5 out of 10

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seriously why review this if you dont like this type of music? this is so much hotter than soulja boy or whatever his name is...You got beef with S P...Il come and splatter ya hood!..

One of the Best!!

Styles P continues to put out hot material. No gimmicks, just straight skillz. The Ghost is the real deal...Give my man his respect...don't sleep grab this Album!!!!

Biography

Born: November 28, 1974 in Queens, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Strongly associated with his group, the LOX (aka D-Block), Styles managed a sporadic solo career on the side. Born David Styles on November 28, 1974, in Queens and raised in Yonkers, he united with childhood friends Jadakiss and Sheek to form the LOX in 1994. The trio went on to sign with Puff Daddy's record label, Bad Boy. The LOX guested on numerous Bad Boy-affiliated songs and even recorded an album of their own, Money, Power & Respect (1998), which yielded a hit single of the same name. The...
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