New York rapper Sheek Louch recently provided an update on the long-awaited LOX group album and how realistic a 2011 release really is.
Despite being delayed with side projects, Sheek feels confident L-O-X will reign supreme this year.
“LOX album, 2011. Real talk. That needs to happen. I know we always say that it’s coming and we get sidetracked or some sh*t, but nah. I want to say that 2011, it’s a go. We didn’t title it. Once we get the clearance, like ‘Yo, we off’ and we’re going to move in this direction and sign with blah, blah, blah, that’s when. I really want to reach out to, like, a lot of producers, man. The people have been waiting so long for that LOX project. I definitely want [DJ Premier] and Kanye [West] to do a track. I want some crazy sh*t on this album, man.” (Hip Hop Game)
“The Lox want to leave our current label home Interscope,” explains Sheek of the current status of the group, whose last studio group release was 2000’s We Are The Streets. “We are trying to move on, but unfortunately, the label doesn’t want to let us go. We talked to [Diddy] about coming back to Bad Boy; we gave him our counter offer and he said, ‘Yes.’ But it’s up to him to convince [Interscope head] Jimmy Iovine and Ruff Ryders to let go of their shares so we can move on. We are stuck in that position. As far as [Jadakiss], myself and Styles, we are ready for a new deal. We are good with Diddy…he has agreed with what we are looking for as far as financially and everything. Other labels are also throwing offers at us to make a LOX reunion album happen. But it’s really about our lawyers moving everybody out the way and making a deal happen.” (VIBE)
The rapper later came forward and stressed how much of an impact legal issues have had on the album delay.
“We’re ready to put that pen to work to get it popping and do what we do. People that made offers to the group such as Diddy agreed to our terms. Diddy was like, ‘Yeah, we can do that dollar amount.’ It’s just that Ruff Ryders and Interscope, who we’re currently signed to have things at a standstill on the business side. Neither side is willing to budge on their respective percentages, so the lawyers have to deal with that in order for things to happen. Please make no mistake, The LOX are not beefing with Ruff Ryders or Interscope Records whatsoever. However, we are ready to move on and do this project. The people want it and I feel it’s important for the LOX to come out right now.” (XXL Mag)
In September, Jada said business conflicts halted their LP’s release.
“I’m very confident,” Jada said referring to an upcoming LOX album dropping next year. “It’s just the business. Getting the music done is the easy part but the whole chambers of, we haven’t dropped an album in 10 years, contracts is like crazy, the whole industry is different. And then the publishing situation, it’s a lot of things like that that people don’t know about that we’re trying to make right before we actually go all the way out and finish up the album.” (Karen Civil)