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Styles P Biography


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Birth Name: David Styles
Born: 1974/11/28
Birth Place: New York City, United States
Years Active: 1995 – present
Genres: Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap


Styles P, a member of rap groups The LOX and D-Block, he is also a part of the Ruff Ryders hip-hop group along with DMX, Eve and Drag-On. He grew up on the streets of Yonkers, NY rapping alongside Jadakiss (Jayson Phillips) and Sheek Louch (Shawn Jacobs). In their late teens the trio met Mary J. Blige who was so impressed with their tough street east coast lyrics, she gave them a big break by putting their demo in the hands of Sean “Diddy” Combs. Diddy immediately hired the trio to write for Bad Boy Records. With the label, The LOX quickly started collaborating on hits with Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, and Mariah Carey which gave them instant notoriety and status within the hip-hop and mainstream charts. In 1996 and 1997, the group wrote and performed on a number of Diddy hits, including “It's All About the Benjamins” and “I Got the Power,” Mase’s “24 Hrs. to Live,” Mariah Carey’s “Honey,” the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Last Day,” and Mary J. Blige’s “Can’t Get You Off My Mind.” In 1997 The LOX received international acclaim when their tribute to the late Biggie Smalls, “We’ll Always Love Big Poppa,” was picked as the B side track off of Diddy’s “No Way Out” album (3x Platinum) with the number one hit, “I'll Be Missing You.” This single was the most played hit in 1997, which opened the door for The LOX first solo album debut in January 1998 entitled “Money, Power & Respect” (Certified Gold). Though the album was a chart toping success, The LOX felt the glossy sheen of Bad Boy Records conflicted with their grimier rap aesthetic and therefore cut their ties and moved on to Ruff Ryder Records. After another LOX album, “We Are the Streets” (2000), Jadakiss was the first to release a solo in 2001 with “Kiss tha Game Goodbye” and Styles followed with his own in 2002 with “A Gangster and a Gentleman.” Styles has also released 2005’s “Time Is Money,” and 2007’s “Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman).” His album sales have topped 700,000 copies to date.