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Gangster & A Gentleman

Styles P, StylesAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 9, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B000068TND
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Styles doesn't disappoint July 31, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The solo effort from Styles of the Lox was one a CD I was really looking foward to listening to. With the blazing singles "Good Times" and "The Life" how couldn't you have high expectations for Holiday Styles? Especially with the let down of Jadakiss's solo debut, I was expecting a little more out of the Lox's resident gangsta.
Well, on to the CD. Styles P really does a good job of showing his versatility on this CD, with tracks like "Lick Shots", "I'm A Ruffryder", and "Black Magic", as he switches easily back and forth from the hardcore killer to the gentlemen. With great lyrics and dark beats, Styles gives you the dark gutter feeling all the Lox albums have. The title track, produced by Alchemist, who was also responsible for Jadakiss's "We Gonna Make It", is a perfect example of this.
What makes this CD so good is Style's distinct delivery and flow, as well as good guest appearances from Lil' Mo, Eve, Angie Stone, and the rest of the Lox. Unlike Jadakiss's debut, which had only a few solo cuts, Styles P leaves some tracks just for himself, like "My Brother", one of the better tribute songs out. Some of the only gripes I have with this CD is the running time, which is a bit long, and the absence of DMX, the lead Ruff Ryder. Other than that, I would say that Styles solo effort was a great success.
So, if you're a fan of hardcore East Coast rap or a fan of the Lox, then this CD won't let you down. This should be a sign of better things to come for the Ruff Ryders, as planned upcoming releases from Eve, Jadakiss, DMX, and a new Lox album look to make the Ruff Ryders emerge as the top record label in the game.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive debut December 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I always though Jada and Sheek were the top MCs of the LOX, but Styles himself to be a solid MC himself. The title of the album is on point because the tracks are balanced between gangsta rap and more social, "gentleman" rap. Nearly every track on the album is solid. The only songs I didn't like were And I Came To and Get Paid. Lick Shots, I'm a Ruffryder, We Thugs, and The Life are solid gangsta tracks. Noboby Believes Me is one of the most original songs I've ever heard. Y'all Know We in Here is a good up-tempo, club track. A Gangster and a Gentleman, Black Magic, Daddy Get That Cash, and My Brother are good introspective songs. Styles is a solid MC by himself, but he also gets help from his guests. Jada and Sheek stop by, as do Eve, J-Hood, Swizz Beatz, PK, Angie Stone, Lil Mo, Cross, and MOP. Production is also solid, provided by Swizz Beatz, Saint Denson, P Killer, The Alchemist, Rockwilder, DJ Twinz, Mr. Devine, DJ Shok, Clue and Duro, and Tank. This is a very impressive debut by Styles, featuring excellent tracks, lyrics, MCing, guests, and production. Much better than Jada's debut.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sleeping giant finding his voice. July 10, 2004
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Styles P., also known as "The Ghost" has long been lost in the shuffle and looked over amongst the arsenal of Ruff Ryders' potent record label. Styles, however, brings a new talent, sound, and ironically enough, a new style to the Ruff Ryders' family. The record label, once founded and headlined by DMX, has since crumbled with his retirement, falling from a glory that was never solidified to begin with. I mean, come on, there are only so many times you can listen to the word 'dawg' spit on one song, which was seemingly DMX's favorite word.
Styles, however, comes out carrying his mysterious, laid back "ghost"-like flow, holding a lyrical weapon in both hands and blazing.
His multi-faceted view on life (see title) and his versatile flow makes for a record filled with different messages, beats and flows, not to mention lyrical potential. I say potential, however, because when you compare Styles' raw lyrical warfare to his twin-spirit in music Jadakiss, I'm afraid Jada steals the spot-light. Not to be outdone, however, Styles makes up for this with strong choruses and production, molded to his unique flow to uphold and accent his talent.
Styles has a voice that calls to you through the wires and speakers of your music system. They carry a subdued passion in them, like a sleeping giant accustomed to a life of silence now experimenting with his voice. His fluent, passionate and thoughtful rhymes illuminate the life of a thug in a way you never really gave much thought to. I'm not saying that he doesn't glorify the violence, because in all honesty, he does, but even in his violence = glory rhymes, he comes off with a sombre ending and a sad sounding edge, closing his verse or song out with the reality of a thug life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classically Styled Solo Effort September 3, 2002
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While I will try to demonstrate restraint in gushing about the remarkable, gem-like nature of Styles Paniro's solo debut, I cannot help but make a reasonable prediction: quite simply, in five years, this album will be mentioned in the same breath and held in the same regard as Reasonable Doubt, Black on Both Sides, Illmatic, Ready to Die, and All Eyez on Me. It is that good. Styles' lyrical ability is simply astonishing; a solid work of entertaining, thought-provoking wordsmithing is how I choose to describe A Gangster and a Gentleman. One of the illest lines I ever heard on a track was on track 6 where he goes, "I'm so gangsta/just knowing myself make me affiliated." That's right up there with Jay-z's famous parting line on the intro track of Dynasty: "This is food for thought/you do the dishes."
The singles, "I get high" and "The Life" are instant classics, just as Styles and Jadakiss' "We Gonna Make it" collaboration from a year ago was, but the very best tracks on this album have to be "Lick Shots" and "We ride " The former starts with this incredible bass-heavy beat that begs to be featured loudly in a low-rider with springy shocks, and Jadakiss kicks off the ritualistic libation with "Lick shots for the predicate felons and gangsta who know that doin' their time is better than tellin'/ don't tell dog." In the last verse, a characteristically witty Jadakiss finishes, "Lick shots for the little kids in the projects/ runnin' round unsupervised with sharp objects." In "We ride", set to a beat that elicits the tense anticipation of an olympic 100m final in the 1970s, Styles and Jada combine for a tight, thought-provoking rhyme: "I know a few kids doing life bids in jail/and they way smarter than the white kids in yale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Work
This album has it all, some positive, some negative, and fire beats. A lot of people sleep on Styles, still don't know why
Published 4 months ago by Rpoche
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical Genius
My favorite album by Styles...He's a great artist, mad respect! My favorite song is "My Brother"...I can so relate to that song. He speaks the real...
Published 14 months ago by Vonnie
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
has so many good songs like,black magic,my life, and the best of all my brother,you have to get just for that beauitiful song
Published 17 months ago by christian mackey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It.
I love this cd, it is very well produced and lyrically superb. Styles is a talented rapper and some of my favorite songs by him are on this album.
Published on May 7, 2012 by marriediimuzik
1.0 out of 5 stars Plays on CPU but not any CD Player I've tried: Scratches
Album is dope, but I give the PURCHASE/Vendor low score because it's unplayable in any CD player except my CPU. Album is a definate 4 stars tho.
Published on November 16, 2010 by Capitone
3.0 out of 5 stars Styles P- Gangster & A Gentleman
Styles P has always been my favorite Rapper. Even more so now that hes not with the Lox, because we get to see more of him. With that said, this album was a dissapointment to me. Read more
Published on April 25, 2008 by -------------
5.0 out of 5 stars Gangster and a Gentleman
Styles P developed into a good MC with the LOX, but his solo debut really makes him stand out. With his unique voice, it easy to tell when he is rapping. Read more
Published on February 28, 2008 by Charles Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars I gotta give it 5 stars
Styles P holds it down for the streets period. His raps are very versatile from deep concentration type raps to battle punches. Read more
Published on August 13, 2006 by Jimmy Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Styles P - A Gangster and A Gentlemen
Hailing from Corona, Queens, New York City, New York, USA, Styles P from The L.O.X. and former Bad Boy member has finally released a solo album called A Gangster and A Gentlemen. Read more
Published on April 9, 2006 by Tyrone Taron Jeremiah Summer Nyema
5.0 out of 5 stars All Good
All the songs on this album are either good or great, so if you're looking for a hiphopgood album look no further... Read more
Published on April 7, 2006 by D3strukchun
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