Saturday Sample Session- Styles P
Styles P was the second member of the Lox to record a solo album, after ‘Kiss The Game Goodbye’ by Jadakiss was released in 2001. His debut solo album ‘A Gangster And A Gentleman’ was released in July 2002 through Ruff Ryders entertainment and Interscope records.
The album contains production by New York hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz, who Styles had worked with previously on various Ruff Ryders recordings including the sophomore album ‘We Are the Streets’ by The LOX. Californian hip-hop producer Alchemist contributes two tracks. Guest performers include members of the Ruff Ryders collective Swizz Beatz, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, J-Hood and Eve, as well as Angie Stone, Lil’ Mo, M.O.P. and Pharoahe Monch.
I Get High
The lead single Good Times peaked at number 22 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and received nationwide airplay in 2002. Good Times was Styles P homage to marijuana and it’s calming effects:
Everyday I need an ounce and a half
S.P.; the only flower that you know, with a bounce and a half
Listen kid, I need a mountain of cash
So I could roll up, hop in the whip and like, bounce to the ave
I get high cause I’m in the hood, the guns is around
It take a blunt, just to ease the pain that humbled me now (whew)
And I’d rather roll somethin’ up; cause if I’m sober dog
I just might flip, grab my guns and hold somethin’ up
I get high as a kite; I’m in the zone all alone
Motherfucker case I’m dyin’ tonight (it happen tonight)
So I roll ’em up, back to back, fat as I could (uh-huh)
You got beef with Styles P, I come to splatter the hood
High On Your Memory
Styles P sampled Freda Payne’s High On Your Memory for his hit single Good Times. ‘Stares and Whispers’ was Freda Payne’s seventh American released album appearing in 1977; it was also her first for Capitol Records.
The last two tracks, Loving You Means So Much to Me and Bring Back the Joy, were co-written by Payne’s then-husband, Gregory Abbott, the latter of which was co-written by Payne herself.
Four tracks were lifted from the album, I Get (High on Your Memory),Bring Back the Joy, Love Magnet, and Feed Me Your Love. Love Magnet was the only one of the four that charted. So while I Get (High on Your Memory) wasn’t a hit for Freda Payne, it was major for Styles P.
Who could imagine such a sexy song being sampled for an ode to marijuana? This is just another example of his creativity.