Filthy America...It's Beautiful

Filthy America...It's Beautiful

by The LOXThe LOX

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Overview

After nearly two decades, gritty Yonkers rap trio the LOX return with their third official LP, Filthy America...It's Beautiful. While Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, and Styles P were anything but silent during the 16 years following their 2000 Ruff Ryders foray We Are the Streets -- releasing compilations and EPs and dropping in for a verse or two on tracks by other artists -- this Roc Nation debut still feels exciting, like a welcome visit from a group of friends who have been away for years. As with any reunion, there's always a risk that things might have changed for the worse. Yet -- even considering the fact that Jada and Styles opened a couple juice bars -- the LOX haven't softened. Fortunately, Filthy America hits as hard as their menacing, youthful material. The biggest surprise here is that their delivery and the production have actually benefited from the passage of time. On opener "Omen," the LOX flex their lyrical muscles atop an ominous choir chant sample, spitting bars more invigorating than those of most younger mainstream rap faces in 2016. They spend much of Filthy America reasserting their dominance and legacy, knocking teeth out on the early-aughts throwback stomper "What Else You Need to Know" and the booming "Don't You Cry." Fetty Wap pops in for some warbling on the hard and nasty "The Agreement," while Mobb Deep create a brief New York super-quintet on the unexpectedly danceable "Hard Life." Additional standouts come courtesy of other high-profile guests. DJ Premier gifts listeners with the most nostalgic-sounding track on the album, the joyful "Move Forward," while Pete Rock smooths everything out on the glittering title track. The hypnotic closer, "Secure the Bag," is the most obvious outlier on Filthy America, carrying the LOX into 2016 with trap icon Gucci Mane and InfaRed. It's a contemporary update to their sound that might turn off old-school fans, but it effectively intimidates nonetheless. Even though the LOX acknowledge that they are "old heads" and their business strategies have changed ("Now I sell juice, but I used to sell blow!" raps Styles), they can still dominate with sheer force and ability. Filthy America...It's Beautiful is a welcome return from the New York favorites. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 12/16/2016
Label: Roc Nation
UPC: 0851080007065
catalogNumber: 002616802
Rank: 57648

Album Credits

Performance Credits

LOX   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

DJ Premier   Producer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Pete Rock   Producer
David Styles   Composer,Executive Producer
James Fowler   Composer
Grease   Producer
Buda   Producer
Jason Phillips   Composer,Executive Producer
Michelle Lukianovich   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Kejuan Muchita   Composer
Pav Bundy   Producer
V-Don   Producer
Grandz   Producer
Dayzel "the Machine" Fowler   Producer,Engineer
Eric Marrell Smith   Composer
Jimmy Dukes   Producer
Jim Tyree Salter   Composer
Smiley's People   Producer
ITrezBeats   Producer
Fransico Ubiera   Composer
Montre Delandon Edmonds   Composer

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