Styles P has announced he’s retiring as a solo artist, but not before he gives his fans two more albums.
The LOX veteran took to Instagram with a lengthy farewell dedicated to his devoted fans, and said he’s merely stepping away from the microphone so he can be more “spiritually healthy.”
“I believe I have run myself down a tad bit over the past few years,” he wrote. “Being a super hard working emcee and a health advocate. For one, I’m not really that great at multi tasking it’s actually my drive that keeps me going and that slack falls back on my family, business partners and co workers. I thought about it harder and came to the conclusion that I need to walk away from my solo career period ( I think I gave y’all enough ).”
Styles continued by noting he still plans on working with his LOX brethren Jadakiss and Sheek Louch, but that aside from a feature here and there his solo output will soon cease. He added that he’s on several “important boards” that he’ll dedicate more of his time to, and additionally said he’ll be stepping away from his juice company Juices For Life.
“Of course you will see me In the spots and of course I’m going to keep pushing the movement when it comes to health,” he added. “I just gotta go figure a better way to do it and not harm myself mentally nor inconvenience others anymore. As far as any juices for life business goes I will plug you with one of my partners and the job will get done! The people need their health. Never forget, the message is always bigger than the messenger!!! So if you know the way, spread it . That is all that counts!!”
He added in the IG post itself that he still plans to release “two more solo projects,” but wouldn’t offer any more details surrounding them.
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The last solo outing Styles P dropped was Ghosting in 2021, but he also linked with Havoc that same year for their joint effort Wreckage Manor. Styles solo career is almost as prolific as his work with The LOX, and in August he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his hit solo record “Good Times” with a special concert in his hometown of New York City.
On August 18, Styles took over New York’s Irving Plaza with Jadakiss and Sheek Louch for a one-of-a-kind celebration for the song. Havoc, Smoke DZA, Nems, Statik Selektah and many others were all in attendance to perform at the massive concert.
“Good Times” was released on August 11, 2002 and debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the first single off Styles P’s debut album A Gangster and a Gentleman and was a radio success, notably appearing on the Soul Plane soundtrack.
Jadakiss and Styles recently stopped by Mariah Carey’s Global Citizen Festival performance to deliver the trio’s “We Belong Together” remix.
The two New York MC’s were welcomed onstage by Carey, who ushered them on by singing the opening hook for the “We Belong Together” revamp acapella, which appears on the 2005 Ultra Platinum edition of The Emancipation of Mimi.
This marked the first time the three artists had performed the remix together since December 31, 2005, when Mariah and both MC’s performed it on a Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special.