Styles P

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Styles P
Styles P in 2010
Styles P in 2010
Background information
Birth nameDavid R. Styles
Also known as
  • Styles
  • Styles Pinero
  • Holiday Styles
  • the Ghost
Born (1974-11-28) November 28, 1974 (age 48)
New York City
OriginYonkers, New York
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active1994–present
Labels
Member of
Children1
Websitestylesp.net

David R. Styles (born November 28, 1974), better known by his stage name Styles P (also known mononymously as Styles),[1] is an American rapper, best known as a member of hip hop group the Lox, alongside childhood friends Sheek Louch and Jadakiss. Along with the other members of the Lox, he is a founder of D-Block Records and was also a part of the Ruff Ryders Entertainment collective. In addition, he has released multiple albums and mixtapes as a solo MC. In 2002, he released his debut solo album A Gangster and a Gentleman, which contained the hit single "Good Times". The song peaked at number 22 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2][3]

He has gone on to release Time Is Money (2006), Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) (2007), Master of Ceremonies (2011), The World's Most Hardest MC Project (2012), Float (2013), Phantom and the Ghost (2014), A Wise Guy and a Wise Guy (2015), and G-Host (2018).

Early life[edit]

David Styles was born November 28, 1974, in Corona, Queens, New York City, to a South African mother and a Jamaican father from Bed-Stuy.[4] After his parents' divorce, Styles and his younger brother Gary moved to Yonkers with their mother. It was there he met lifelong friends Jadakiss and Sheek Louch. The trio bonded over their shared passion for hip hop and eventually formed a group known as the Lox in 1994.[5][6]

Career[edit]

1994–2000: The Lox[edit]

Styles P (left) performing with Jadakiss

As a trio, the Lox began rapping in the mid-1990s and started to build a steady underground following thanks to their performances and street freestyles. In their late teens, the trio met Mary J. Blige who was impressed with their lyrical content, and gave their demo to Sean "Diddy" Combs.[6] Diddy immediately hired the trio to write for Bad Boy Records. After signing with Bad Boy, the Lox quickly started collaborating on hits with Diddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey which gave them instant notoriety and status within the hip-hop and mainstream charts.[6] 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".[7] 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 from Diddy's No Way Out album (3× Platinum) with the number one hit, "I'll Be Missing You".[7] This single was the most played hit in 1997, which opened the door for the Lox's to write more of their own songs and eventually release their first album in January 1998 titled Money, Power & Respect.[8] The album went on to be certified platinum, and, although the album was a chart-topping success, the group grew to feel that the glossy image and production style of Bad Boy Records conflicted with their grimier rap aesthetic. After trying and failing to get Puff Daddy to grant them a release from their contract, the group confronted him in his office, with Styles P throwing a chair at his own boss. After this, the group was granted their release and left Bad Boy to sign with Ruff Ryder Records.[9][10]

2000–2007: Ruff Ryder's and solo albums[edit]

After releasing another Lox album, We Are the Streets and appearing on albums with other Ruff Ryders artists, Styles released his first solo album, A Gangster and a Gentleman, in 2002.[11] The album was supported by the hit single, Good Times, which peaked at number 22 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 6 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The song also received widespread airplay on the radio throughout 2002. In 2004, Styles was featured on an alternate version of Akon's hit debut single, Locked Up. Two years later, he released his second album, Time is Money on Ruff Ryders which was followed by Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) a year later.[11]

2010–2014: The Green Ghost and various mixtapes[edit]

Styles P in 2014

After recording many mixtapes Styles returned to the Hip-Hop scene by releasing two retail albums in 2010, The Green Ghost Project with DJ Green Lantern on Invasion Records and The Ghost Dub-Dime a retail mixtape on E1 Records (formally Koch Records).[12][13] This began a string of annual retail releases with his fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh albums (2011's Master of Ceremonies, 2012's The World's Most Hardest MC Project, 2013's Float, and 2014's Phantom and the Ghost) all being released within a year of each other.[14][15][16][17]

2016–present: The Lox reunion[edit]

In 2016, the Lox released their first album in 16 years, Filthy America... It's Beautiful. The album reached number 6 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was followed by the release of the albums, G-Host (2018), Dime Bag (2018), S.P. the GOAT: Ghost of All Time (2019) and Presence (2019). Styles P and Dave East also released a collab album titled Beloved, in 2018. Styles P's 13th studio album, Styles David: Ghost Your Enthusiasm, was released on May 22, 2020.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Styles is a vegan.[19]

Styles married his wife Adjua on July 31, 1995.[20][21] Together, they have two children, Noah (born 1998) and Tai (1995–2015), whom Adjua had from a previous relationship. Styles served as Tai's stepfather for the majority of her life, until she committed suicide in 2015.[21]

Styles' younger brother, Gary Quarles Styles, died in a car accident on May 13, 2001. Styles has made many references to Gary in his music, including the tribute song "My Brother", from his debut album A Gangster and a Gentleman.[22]

In July 2002, Styles was involved in an altercation at a New York nightclub that led to him stabbing a man in the buttocks. Styles surrendered himself to authorities on November 26, 2002, and began serving his eight-month sentence in the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla, New York, the same day.[23][24][25] Styles was released from prison on August 4, 2003.[26][27]

Politically, Styles has publicly denounced Black Lives Matter and endorsed the 2020 re-election campaign of Donald Trump.[28]

Business ventures[edit]

Both Styles and Jadakiss launched a local juice bar called "Juices for Life" in 2011, there are currently six locations in New York.[19][29] In 2018, Styles and his wife Adjua launched a local health food store called "Farmacy for Life".[30]

Other projects[edit]

Styles P released his first novel, Invincible, in 2010[31] through Random House Publishing Group.[32] In 2011 he opened up a juice bar in the Bronx called Juices for Life with his business partners Nyger Rollocks and Leo Galvez.[33][34] He released his EP with Currensy titled, #The1st28 on February 28, 2012.[35]

Styles P appeared on the sixteenth season of Marriage Boot Camp with his wife, Adjua in 2020.[36]

In February 2022, he was cast in the documentary series Everything's Gonna Be All White, airing on Showtime.[37]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Collaboration albums

Bibliography[edit]

  • Invinicible by Styles P (2010: Random House Publishing Group, 240 pages) ISBN 978-0-345-50752-5. A Novel[32]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "RAPPER HEADS FOR ROCK PILE Hip-hop artist Styles P., on the cusp of success, faces a jail term". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on January 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "Styles P Speaks on Being "The World's Most Hardest Emcee," Involvement on Upcoming "Wu-Block" Album". November 15, 2012. Archived from the original on November 17, 2012.
  4. ^ "Style P Bio". Last.fm. CBS Corporation.
  5. ^ "Styles P." IMDb. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Ortiz, Edwin (January 23, 2014). "Jadakiss Talks About Growing Up In Yonkers and The LOX's Relationship with Mary J. Blige – The Combat Jack Show". Complex. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Vibe (September 28, 2010). "Story Time: Sheek Louch Recalls Studio Sessions With DMX, Biggie & Jay-Z". Vibe. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  8. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (January 13, 1998). "Money, Power & Respect – The LOX | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  9. ^ Baker, Soren (October 14, 2006). "More Grime Than Shine, the LOX Moves On – latimes". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  10. ^ "Jadakiss Recalls Styles P Throwing A Chair At Diddy So "The LOX" Could Leave Bad Boy Records". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 13, 2021. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason (November 28, 1974). "Styles P". AllMusic. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  12. ^ Matt Rinaldi (February 9, 2010). "The Green Ghost Project – DJ Green Lantern,Styles P | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Ghost Dub-Dime Mixtape – Styles P | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  14. ^ Jeffries, David (October 4, 2011). "Master of Ceremonies – Styles P". AllMusic. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  15. ^ Molina, Nick De (December 1, 2012). "Styles P, The World's Most Hardest MC Project Review". XXL. Archived from the original on November 28, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  16. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (February 25, 2013). "Styles P Announces New Album "Float," Produced Entirely By Scram Jones". HipHop DX. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
  17. ^ Smith, Bruce. "Styles P – Phantom And The Ghost". HipHopDX. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  18. ^ DJ First Class (May 22, 2020). "Styles P is back with his new 'Styles David: Ghost Your Enthusiasm' album". Revolt. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  19. ^ a b "Styles P – Official Website". Styles P. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  20. ^ "Styles P". FrostSnow. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  21. ^ a b Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM (August 16, 2017). "Styles P And Adjua Styles Open Up About Their Daughter's Suicide, Talk Health, Hip-Hop & More". Archived from the original on December 13, 2021. Retrieved April 2, 2018 – via YouTube.
  22. ^ "Styles P. Addresses Death Of Younger Brother". Rapdirt.com. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  23. ^ Watkins, Grouchy Greg (November 27, 2002). "Lox Rapper Styles P Begins Bid In Upstate New York". Allhiphop.com. Retrieved February 24, 2022.
  24. ^ "Rap News Network – Hip-Hop News: Lox Rapper Styles P Begins Prison Term". rapnews.net. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  25. ^ OGUNNAIKE, LOLA. "RAPPER HEADS FOR ROCK PILE Hip-hop artist Styles P., on the cusp of success, faces a jail term – NY Daily News". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  26. ^ "Styles P. To Be Released From Prison Monday". Allhiphop.com. August 2, 2003. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  27. ^ "Styles Is Home From Jail". Allhiphop.com. August 4, 2003. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  28. ^ Staff, JordanThrilla (October 22, 2020). "Rapper Styles P is a Trump Supporter and Explains Why in Viral Video Calling Out Black Lives Matter". JordanThrilla. Retrieved September 24, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  29. ^ Styles P and Jadakiss Brings Juices For Life to Yonkers
  30. ^ For The Culture: Styles P Just Launched Hip-Hop's First Health Food Store
  31. ^ Reid, Shaheem (June 1, 2010). "Styles P Releases Debut Novel 'Invincible,' Written On His BlackBerry – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  32. ^ a b "BARNES & NOBLE | Invincible by Styles P, Random House Publishing Group | NOOK Book (eBook), Paperback". Barnesandnoble.com. January 6, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  33. ^ "Styles P Opens Fresh Juice Bar in the Bronx". The Boombox. April 25, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  34. ^ "Community Newspaper Group". Yournabe.com. April 25, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  35. ^ Breihan, Tom (February 29, 2012). "Mixtape Of The Week: Styles P & Curren$y #The1st28". Stereogum. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  36. ^ "Rapper Styles P and His Wife Adjua Styles Discuss Joining 'Marriage Boot Camp'". Cheddar. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  37. ^ Green, Kai (February 10, 2022). "Everything to Know About Showtime's Provocative New Docuseries, everything's gonna be all white". Parade: Entertainment, Recipes, Health, Life, Holidays. Retrieved April 23, 2022.

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