Label: Def Jam
Yonkers barbershops rejoice! It feels so weird to say: The LOX’s We Are the Streets 2 is finally coming out, having outlasted Sam Goody, Borders, and Rapidshare. Sure, it’s been a decade-plus since the trio strong-armed the Billboard charts in the year 2000, filling Hot 97 playlists with “Wild Out” and “Ryde or Die, Bitch” for years to come. But now, when it’s most needed—according to Trinidad James, at least—they’re bringing back that old New York rap. Well, at some point.
For those who can’t wait (any longer), Jada, Styles, and Sheek just put out The Trinity EP, a surprise collection of four songs on iTunes. At the concert celebrating its release were Troy Ave, Chinx Drugz, M.O.P., Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, Mack Wilds, Maino and Bodega Bamz. A little new New York, a little old: we’re expecting all of it when the full album comes out. But probably not Trinidad James. —Jeff Rosenthal