Master of Ceremonies (Styles P album)

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Master of Ceremonies
Studio album by Styles P
Released October 4, 2011
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre Hip hop
Length 43:27
Label D-Block, E1 Music
Producer Pete Rock, Statik Selektah, Warren G, AraabMuzik, Black Saun, J. Music House, Phonix Beats
Styles P chronology
The Green Ghost Project
(2010)
Master of Ceremonies
(2011)
The World's Most Hardest MC Project
(2012)

Master of Ceremonies, is the fourth album by Yonkers-bred rapper Styles P.[1] The album was released October 4, 2011.[2] The album's guest list features rappers such as Lloyd Banks, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Pharoahe Monch, Pharrell Williams and Styles' group The L.O.X.. Producers on the album include the veteran beatmaker Pete Rock, Statik Selektah, West Coast veteran Warren G, Dipset producer AraabMuzik, and more.[1] The lead single from Master of Ceremonies, is "Harsh", which features Rick Ross and Busta Rhymes. A second single has also been released. The song is called "It's OK", which features his long-time companion Jadakiss.[3] Sheek Louch, the third member of Styles P and Jadakiss' L.O.X stable is also featured on the album.

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[5]
RapReviews 7/10[6]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[7]

Upon its release, Master of Ceremonies was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. David Jeffries of AllMusic gave the album four out of five stars, saying "Master of Ceremonies is Styles P’s first album since landing a feature on one of the biggest rap hits of 2010, Rick Ross’ “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast).” None of this newfound fame is squandered as big money names like Pharrell, Busta Rhymes, and Rick Ross himself fill the guest list, but Styles is as uncompromising and hard as always, filling the middle of this effort with dark, stark, and dirty reminders of life in the ghetto and/or life as a gangster."[4] Alex Thornton of HipHopDX gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying "While there’s no telling how much closer this brings us to a new L.O.X. album, Styles is doing his best to represent the collective properly with his latest solo. While it feels like Master of Ceremonies could have been more, it’s a solid effort worth checking out both for fans of Styles specifically and New York rap in general. Admittedly, Styles still hasn’t quite hit the height of his potential, but he’s far from falling off while he continues the pursuit."[5] Ralph Bristout of XXL gave the album an XL rating, saying "There are a few surprises on the 12-track album, including appearances from Pharrell on “Don’t Turn Away” and Pharoahe Monch on the introspective “Children.” Despite a loaded list of features and the underwhelming Avery Storm-assisted “How I Fly,” Master of Ceremonies exhibits more wins than duds. Holiday certainly lives up to the album’s title."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 33 on the Billboard 200, selling 11,300 copies in its first week.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "How I Fly" (featured Avery Storm) Warren G 3:10
2. "We Don't Play" (featuring Lloyd Banks) Supa Stylez 3:36
3. "I'm a G" (featuring Rell) Supa Stylez 3:17
4. "Ryde on da Regular"   AraabMuzik 3:17
5. "Keep The Faith" (featuring Aja) J. Music House 5:04
6. "Children" (featuring Pharoahe Monch) Pete Rock 3:28
7. "Street Shit" (featuring Sheek Louch) Black Saun 3:32
8. "Feelings Gone"   Statik Selektah 3:28
9. "Harsh" (featuring Rick Ross & Busta Rhymes) Phonix Beats 4:18
10. "It's OK" (featuring Jadakiss) Phonix Beats 3:32
11. "Don't Turn Away" (featuring Pharrell) Reefa 2:58
12. "Uhh-Ohh" (featuring Sheek Louch) Ty Fyffe 3:53

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 33
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[10] 5
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[11] 8

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