Styles P Biography
Last updated: 11/03/2010
Known for witty wordplay and street life induced lyrics, Styles Peniro (David Styles) is far from your average ring tone driven rapper. “I always looked at myself as the hardest MC in the game”. The streets concurred, after dropping the 2008 CD/DVD combo pack Phantom Gangster Chronicles Vol.1 and three critically acclaimed solo albums: 2007’s Supa Gangsta (Extraordinary Gentlemen), Time is Money, and A Gangster & A Gentleman in 2005 and 2002 respectively. (With more then 700,000 copies sold), he is more than confident in his ability to fortify his reputation as one of the rap game’s most talented lyricists.
Styles P, a member of The LOX, grew up on the streets of Yonkers, NY rapping alongside Jadakiss (Jayson Phillips) and Sheek (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 BIG, 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 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 (2002), Jadakiss was the first to release a solo in 2001 Kiss The Game Goodbye and Styles followed with his own in 2002 A Gangster & A Gentleman.
His new mixtape will hit the streets on May 4th entitled “Dub-Dime”. “I am staying in tune with the streets and providing bars that most rappers won’t”. The single off of the tape is a song called “Sacrifice” featuring Tyler Woods and it’s some deep shit!”
The D-Block Records Co-CEO also recently signed a book deal with Random House. The fiction novel is entitled “Invincible” and will be in stores on June 1st. The sound track to the book will also be available on June 1st exclusively at stylesp.net.
With a new LOX album in the works Styles P is sure to continuously add heat to one of the year’s most anticipated urban releases. “I’m proud to be operating as an independent where I have total control of my project”. Styles’ undeniable talent is further showcased on Jada Kiss’s forthcoming release “The Last Kiss.”
Whether a part of the triple threat The LOX, or as a solo artist, Styles’ razor sharp slick talk has created a cult-like following by his countless fans within the hip-hop and “gangsta” rap community.