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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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A big Improvement!

Styles P have always been very good. This album is by far a great improvement. And it is great to have him back. This makes his previous albums look like a big disappointment. Lets take a closer look: Blow You’re mind-The album’s 1st single. A great lead song to the album. His number one biggest hit on album. It has a nice video too. 5\5 Let’s go-Average. It sounds just like Blow You’re mind. Yes I know lots of rappers over use beats, lyrics, and other stuff like that and there is a lot of that on the album. But overall this is ridiculous. 2.5\5 Alone in the street. Very solid piano background. His rapping delivers very nicely too. This isn’t average. 4.5\5 In it to win it-it an okay song. Strange at times. 4\5 All I know is pain-This song delivers too. His rapping is rice. The lyrics are nice too. An overall good song. 5\5 Got My Eyes on You-Another song that delivers. It is overall very cool. The beat is nice. And his rapping is solid. One of the recommended songs on the album. 5\5 Green Piece of Paper-Just like Let’s go. It has a very average sound. 2.5\5 Holiday-Strange. 3\5 Look at her-This song is very cool. Once again Styles P delivers nicely. The song is a mixture of 80’s music and rap. Wow. You defiantly need to buy this song. 5\5 Da 80’s-A lack of rapping. The beat is cool thought. 3\5 Super Gangster-Great main song of the album. His rapping is cool. A nice beat also. 4.5\5 Star of State-Ver nice rapping. This is mainly the best part of the song. The lyrics don’t really deliver that much. Overall nice. 3\5 U ain’t ready 4 me-Strange. Nuff said. 3.5\5 Gangster Gangster-The one word that describes Styles P. Like a lot of other rappers to. This would be a perfect song for Jay-Z. Don’t you think? 5\5 Cause I’m back-Nice. I have no way of saying why I like it. 5\5 Hot Shotgun-Hot song. Cool lyrics. 4.5\5 5 Star General-His rapping is average (like a few other songs on this album) but I still like it. 4\5 The Hardest-Like others. Nothing else. 3.4.5\5 Top 5 Songs: 1) Blow You’re Mind 2) All I know is pain 3) Look at her 4) Gangster Gangster 5) Cause I’m back Final Thoughts: This is a lot more enjoyable than Style’s first few albums. His music has gotten a lot better. His songs deliver a lot more than usual. I must say that Styles P has defiantly made a super Gangster out of himself this time.


dare i say that this SLIGHTLY resembles kanye west...i like it...

Not again

this is just the same old rap everyone listens to, nothing origonal, sounds like everyone else


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 LOX...
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