Here’s Your #TapeTuesday! The Lox – Money, Power, Respect (1998)

Here's your #TapeTuesday. The Lox with their 1998 debut album Money, Power, Respect. Released on Bad Boy Records with executive producer Sean "Puffy" Combs, this album dropped at the height of the "shiny suit rap" trend of the late 90s. Rappers Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch had a nice juxtaposition of New York street rap with a heavy dose of pop sugar thrown in the mix. Sean Combs had a banner 1997 (besides the death of his friend Notorious BIG) releasing mammoth rap albums like No Way Out, Life After Death and Harlem World. Money, Power, Respect wasn't a smash like those but it did well with great contributions from Lil Kim and DMX. The first single "If You Think I'm Jiggy" was a tepid remake of Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" but the beat hit hard. This would be The Lox only salvo for Bad Boy Records as they would leave for Ruff Ryder's Entertainment in 1999. Listening today this is a solid hip hop album with just the right amount of pop in the mix. Purchased at my awesome sponsor Record Utopia July 2015 for $.49. #TheLox #MoneyPowerRespect #BadBoyRecords #Jadakiss #StylesP #SheekLouch #SeanCombs

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