The Lox will always get respect for their potent pen games, and the trio of Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, and Styles P are definitely students of the culture. In a recent interview, the Yonkers rappers said that Drake and Kanye West can no longer claim to be the best in the field of lyricism as they both employed ghostwriters.
Fresh off releasing their third studio album Filthy America… It’s Beautiful last month, The Lox has been on a series of media appearances. The latest sit-down was with VladTV and the candid discussion opened regarding how the group stood up for themselves when things went afoul with their deal with Bad Boy and Diddy in the late 1990s.
The interview shifted gears when asked about rap’s new generation. Kiss chimed in that he recently recorded with Desiigner and saluted Young M.A and other up and comers. But it was the talk around ghostwriting and the validity of an artist that got the gang most animated.
“With guys like Diddy, it’s ok,” said Louch. Styles P followed with, “If you claim it [using a ghostwriter], that’s ok. A MC can’t do that. A true MC cannot do that in no way, shape, or form. An entertainer or producer can.”
Styles and Louch dominated this portion of the conversation, with Jadakiss randomly chiming in that a rapper getting lyrical assistance diminishes their boasts of being the best.
Louch and Styles praised Drake’s abilities as an entertainer but both said they couldn’t put him in the conversation with Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole as one of Hip Hop’s top acts after the Quentin Miller reference tracks were leaked. The same was said for Kanye’s claims of being the best in the world, but Styles and Sheek both agreed that the Chicago superstar could possibly claim to be the best entertainer but not the best rapper.
Sheek suggested to DJ Vlad at the end of the clip that a ghostwriter award ceremony needs to be created.
Check out the clip above.