The Lox, Jadakiss Refuse To Record For Interscope

Published: 2005-11-09
In a surprising move, hip hop group The Lox have announced that they will no longer record any more albums for their record label, Interscope. Also, band members Jadakiss and Styles P. have also refused to record any more solo albums for the imprint, due to their dissatisfaction with the label and various aspects of the music business.

"We've been on a promo tour for (fellow Lox member) Sheek Louch's album, and on the bus we just been talking about this," Styles recently told MTV News. "They doing so much [crap] to us, and it's like you can't do nothing. It's like you work at a real job, like at Key Food, and you notice the conditions ain't suitable for you and you ain't really getting nowhere."

The band will now be setting their sights on managing their own D-Block label and developing new talent, while remaining adamant that they will record no new material for Interscope. "I don't see it as quitting, 'cause we're not quitters," said Sheek. "But we keep going back and forth (with Interscope) and it's not getting nobody nowhere. We basically saying, 'holla at us when you get it right.' It's ridiculous. Now Jada and Styles are going to switch to CEO mode."

Though Sheek Louch's second solo album, After Taxes was indeed released by Interscope this week (November 8), Styles P. has reportedly had a solo album in the can for two years upon which Interscope has repeatedly deferred release. The band's ongoing feud with fellow Interscope artist 50 Cent appears to have been the proverbial final straw, with 50 recently hinting that he has personally had a hand in delaying the release of Styles' album.

"On the radio he said the building leans when he leans," said Styles. "What is that telling me? I don't wanna go to jail. I don't wanna argue with none of these people and I don't wanna continue to frustrate myself wondering when my album is gonna come out. I'm at a point in my life when I can't be waiting two years for them to drop my album. Why be a slave?"

The Lox have had a history of label fallouts in the past, famously lobbying publicly for their release from Diddy's Bad Boy Records in the late 90's - a move which cost them millions in lost publishing dollars. The band has confirmed that Jay-Z has expressed interest in bringing the group to Def Jam but said also that Interscope has so far expressed no interest in allowing that to happen. Stay tuned.

Writer: Neil McDonald



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