Styles P in 2010.
|Birth name||David Styles|
|Also known as||Styles|
|Born||November 28, 1974|
Corona, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Origin||Yonkers, New York, U.S.|
David Styles (born November 28, 1974), better known by his stage name, Styles P or simply Styles, is an American rapper, author, and entrepreneur. He is prominently known as a member of hip hop group The Lox, alongside his childhood friends Sheek Louch and Jadakiss. Along with the other members of The Lox, he is a founder of D-Block Records and is also a part of the Ruff Ryders hip-hop collective. In addition to his group work, 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 and received massive nationwide airplay in 2002.
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).
Styles P was born November 28, 1974 in Corona, Queens, New York to a Jamaican father and South African mother. 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.
1994–2000: The Lox
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. 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. 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 from Diddy’s No Way Out 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’s to write more of their own songs and eventually release their first album in January 1998 titled Money, Power & Respect. The album went on to be certified platinum, and, although the album was a chart-topping success, the group felt the glossy image of Bad Boy Records conflicted with their grimier rap aesthetic and left Bad Boy to sign with Ruff Ryder Records.
2000–07: Ruff Ryder’s and solo albums
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. 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.
2010-2014: The Green Ghost and various mixtapes
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). 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.
2016-present: Lox reunion
In 2016, The Lox released their first album in 16 years, Filthy America... It's Beautiful. The album reached #6 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Styles married his wife Adjua on July 31, 1995. Together, they have two children, Noah (born 1999) and Tai (1994—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.
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.
In 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 8-month sentence in the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla, NY the same day. Styles was released from prison on August 4, 2003.
Styles P released his first novel Invincible in 2010 through Random House Publishing Group. In 2011 he opened up a juice bar in Bronx, New York called Juices for Life with his business partners Nyger Rollocks and Leo Galvez. He released his EP with CurrenSy titled, #The1st28 on February 28, 2012.
- Studio albums
- A Gangster and a Gentleman (2002)
- 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)
- G-Host (2018)
- Dime Bag (2018)
- Collaboration albums
- The Green Ghost Project (with DJ Green Lantern) (2010)
- The Seven (with Talib Kweli) (2017)
- Vibes (with Berner) (2017)
- Beloved (with Dave East) (2018)
- Invinicible by Styles P (2010: Random House Publishing Group, 240 pages) ISBN 978-0-345-50752-5. A Novel
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