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“…I don’t see myself as a positive or negative…I’m a gentleman if you’re a gentleman and I’m definitely a gangsta’ if you’re a gangsta’.” –Styles P.
When Hardcore is an Understatement
Styles P., government name David Styles, is no ordinary rapper. He embodies true thug-life to the fullest, and then some. His blood gauging lyrics will leave you cringing and wounded. A hardcore runner whose thugged-out persona leaves admirers and challengers for the chase—and he’s so far ahead of the game that there isn’t anyone who’s remotely close to catching up. Simply put: Styles P. keeps it so real, one look and, he’ll make any “Ruff-Neck” go soft. And these aren’t attributes he chose to take on willingly, these traits stem from personal experiences that have molded him to be one of the most—if not the most—grimiest and most lethal rapper around today.
Now, unleashing fire on his solo debut project, “A Gangster and a Gentleman,” Mr. Styles P. drives skills so hard not even the strongest MC can break ‘em. Once a Bad Boy Entertainment devotee—LOX was signed to Sean Combs label during their “Money, Power, Respect” days—Styles, still a committed member of the LOX crew, rips chests open and leaves hearts hanging for questioning. You’re either with him or against him, plain and simple.
Power, Substance, Style
Born in Corona, Queens, Styles moved to Yonkers NY at the age of seven. And he considers himself to be a Yonkers man because he has spent a third of his life there, on Groshan Ave. His mother, a South African woman from Johannesburg, and his father, a Brooklyn native, have been instrumental in his development as a lyricist—whether directly or indirectly. The streets have taught him what it means to be loyal, to be aware, to beware and to know that life spares no one. “I basically grew up in the ghetto like most black boys,” says Styles. “My man “BG” (Black Garf) and I use to go outside for the hustlin’. Ralph and me started off “bottlin’ up” and then started pumpin’. Ya know, the regular stuff young boys do in the ghetto.” Drugs, guns and stabbed backs become routine in the streets. Styles had to decipher between who had his back and the people who tried to knife it. “Those kats are still my boys and I’ve got to respect everything I’ve been through,” testifies Styles. “Even t
hough I rap I still got the same niggas from day one.”
It wasn’t until he began spitting rhymes that Styles knew this art form would be his salvation. “I was rappin’ since I was nine. I remember always flowin’ wherever I went. I met Sheek in junior-high summer school. I met ‘Kiss in 9th grade,” recalls Styles. “Kiss and Sheek were already a group and I was a solo-ist from another part of town. But when I met them I started to roll wit ‘em. I would do little hooks, I would be in the background ‘cause they was better in the booth, and I ain’t have too much booth exposure. At the time we named the group “The Bomb Squad.” That’s when we got with Bad Boy and I had got popped with a burner. I was nineteen so I had to go to county jail. When I came out I met Dee (Ruff Ryders CEO) and he was already down with Sheek and ‘Kiss.”
When things didn’t turn out as planned with Bad Boy, “The Bomb Squad,” who had changed their name to the “LOX,” ran a street campaign to free themselves from their contract and after it was finally terminated got signed to Ruff Ryders. Now after multi-platinum success with the LOX, Styles P. has readied himself to represent the streets like no one has because Styles represents “the niggas with the hoodies on—struggling. Whatever’s on my mind I’m gonna speak it, so I ain’t never gon’ make it how I’m supposed to make it ‘cause I ain’t gon’ get in no meetings with nobody and kiss they’re ass. I love money and I love bein’ ai’ight but I love my honor and my respect more and that’s what I represent,” firmly states Styles.
“You see, I’m a gangsta,’ and a gangsta’ ain’t somebody who runnin’ around killin’ people. A gangsta’ is a nigga who takes care of home, his people and lives by the “rules” and lives by the “code.” A gangsta’ is a nigga who work 9-5 who just knows the rules of life and knows how to respect a man and how to be respected and he knows where to take it when he’s disrespected. You don’t have to be on the streets sellin’ crack and dope to be a gangsta.’ You can be a poet, a doctor, a construction worker or whatever. Like if ‘you’ do something to me I don’t believe in stoppin’ until my point is proven. I’m not gon’ stop unless you stop me or unless I’m incarcerated or bleeding badly or I’m dead.”
A Gangster and a Gentleman
Styles P. is a hardcore poet. His new album, A Gangster and a Gentleman, is a fine example of a black man’s ability to turn negatives into positives and live to tell the story. When a man like Styles P. hits the mic the landscape becomes far more interesting. “I don’t really MC. What I say I just say cause that’s how I feel. I always try to make a jewel in it. You might not catch what I’m sayin’ til later,” boasts Styles. A Gangster and a Gentleman is an audio documentary, taking the listener through every knit and cranny of one man’s pains, joys, aches, rebellions, defeats and conquests. It’s an all-personal report of his attitudes toward people, the streets, his little brother (who died in an accident), his family and life. For instance, “Black Magic” (feat. Angie Stone) is evidence of this.
Collaborating with such an artist shows how much influence Styles’ mother had on him—she’s an African born woman who instilled Black Pride into her children from an early age. The track is subtlety militant yet it rocks like a street anthem. The first single “Good Times” is yet another evident track showcasing Styles P’ lyrical genius and story telling. “I get high cause I’m in the hood, the guns is around, it takes a blunt, just to ease the pain and humble me down, and I rather roll something up, cause if I’m sobered up dog, I might just flip, grab my guns and just hold something up.” “Good Times” is an immaculate head bangin’ Swizz Beatz produced arsenal that is sure to be on full rotation on the streets, radio, and video.
Produced by heavy-hitters such as Swizz Beatz, DJ Clue, The Alchemist, Rockwilder, Shok, DJ Twinz and PK, A Gangster and a Gentleman is geared toward “those niggas in the jail cell, the murderers, the hustlers, deep thinkers and righteous men.” Other tracks such as “Daddy Get That Cash” (feat. Lil’ Mo), Latino (feat. Jadakiss), and “My Brother” (in memory of his lost sibling) are classics that’ll glitter beyond gold. Styles P. is a child of the ghetto—born and raised. He sold crack-cocaine in his teenage years yet wrote plays in high school. He’s a straight-up thug with a stern yet receptive spirit. When he says “Nobody can do it like me,” he’s telling the honest truth.
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Styles the Father | Reviewer: R.Chakanetsa. Tn1gcgukzimsa | 4/22/13
I grew up in Africa Zimbabwe. I moved around houses a lot good days I was in south Africa on holiday in joburg.
Then I came UK. But a lot of sp bars are defence mechanism you know what loyalty and poverty are big Bro and blending in Society. I mean to name the least I represented my self in court before and before I went court sp was in my head. If you got a case pending light a blunt to the head..
Styles P the truth. There's My Brother. I hope to be in New York one day in YONkers juice bar and talk to styles about life cause I don't trust no other squad apart from db lock. You made me money and I respect that plus knowledge I'm a styles p fan yeaaahhhhh
The Real | Reviewer: aminullah | 10/20/11
I was born in Afghanistan and live in London since i was 9 years old. That might be irrelevant but just trying to give some perspective. I fucks wid SP all day the realest. " count your blessings till you get to the Essence"
Styles is legit | Reviewer: jay francis | 1/12/11
I had to take a long ride today so I bought Gangsta and a Gentlemen for the 5 hr drive didnt play anything else the whole way. "But I'm still loadin my guns, gettin it on and if a nigga bury my man I bury his mom!" crazyyy. Jada is the most known member of locks but sheek and p are just as good no doubt
Styles Pinero | Reviewer: dark | 11/15/10
Styles is da best g rapper alive at da moment..i dont care what anybody says...i live in london but can still relate to everything this nigga says..hes in tune with da roads more dan n e else n expresses it with wordplay..cant ask 4 nuttin more..
REAL RECONGIZE REAL!!!! | Reviewer: LEX LUGGER | 7/30/09
Word up Styles, Yo, you the number 1 MC out for mad years now. You can put a C infront of RAP now a days beacause its CRAP! I don't mess with these new rappers they all sound and rap the same. All they talk about is the money the got, the women they got, and the cars they drive. I AIN'T GOT SHIT! I ain't rich or even close to it. You keep it real and rap about what life throws at you and how deadly the streets,game,and prison can be. Thats why I feel you and always will because this is what I can understand not the riches of life cause I ain't got their yet. I have been threw my own HELL in life just like every real man goes threw. I listen to D-Block and Biggie, but Tupac and Styles P are my favorite MCs of all time. Keep doen what you doen my dude i fucks with you 4-ever!!!
every album is raw | Reviewer: Mick | 4/21/09
ur deffinetley one of my favorites , I still rock felony niggas in niggas in my ride, I think u and the rest of the lox have been under rated in ur time to shine again, no shit . yo I copped super gangsta extrodinary getleman acid fire dude. The year of whack Mc's like 50 and the rest of the garbage is over bring the real back
the greatest | Reviewer: Ryan Thomas | 2/15/09
ayo my nigga...you are my favorite lyricists, I listen to you everyday of my life and I aint bull shitin. You changed my life wit 1 line, ''take a positive look, hit a blunt my lil brothers wit the angels now some of us fall and some of us fly but at the end of the book baby all of us die''...my brother died too, so I listen to that song everyday dog. I love the hard shit to tho, ''I was trained to dump in ya face jump over the gate, hop in the hoopty grab a bird get out of the state, stay in the dirt dog we like pieces of shit, dealin coke like cars come lease to a brick. I mean I could go on all day daddy, but you got a lot of inspiration here in philly foreal...you just one person that I gotta meet, I see you as one of those black men who do a lot for blacj people...some wanna meet malcom, but I wanna meet peniro...get at me styles
i am related to him | Reviewer: ciaza | 9/1/08
styles p is my godfather and i love him and i miss him soooooooooo much and if anyone doesn't want to believe me then fine you can think that but i know it is true and one day i will be up there singing with him and he'll make my dream come true because everyone knows i love to sing and i have a beautiful voice too.
Hello | Reviewer: Ursula | 2/13/08
Question Do Styles P have a email address if he do is there a way I can email him. I enjoy your song Blow My Mind. I a nice person. I also saw you in Grand Rapids Michigan at the Devos Hall. So I hope you can answer my question
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Ur definetly my inspiration | Reviewer: Crock | 3/7/07
What's good P. If I don't mention your shit enough it takes my day by a lil ackward cause I really feel you. A nigga like me can relate because I'mma street nigga so its easy to know what your talking about, its easy to feel how you feel. What ain't easy is finding out how the fuck I can get a CD in one of niggas hands so ya'll can hear what I'm working wit if you ever do its a wrap, I ain't braging or nuthin but my shit fire if u need proof urself go to the beat factory shit on my space I'm on there. 1
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