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A Gangster and A Gentleman
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Album: A Gangster and A Gentleman
# Song Title   Time
1)    Intro Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 0:33
2)    Good Times Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:31
3)    Yall Know We In Here Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:49
4)    A Gangster And A Gentleman Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:33
5)    Black Magic Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:29
6)    Daddy Get That Cash Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:40
7)    Lick Shots Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:24
8)    And I Came To... Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:44
9)    Get Paid Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:43
10)    Ass Bag (Skit) Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 2:01
11)    I'm A Ruff Ryder Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:45
12)    Soul Clap Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:19
13)    We Thugs (My Niggas) Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:04
14)    Styles Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:55
15)    Barber Shop (Skit) Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:43
16)    Listen Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 2:58
17)    Niggas Flippin (Skit) Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 1:12
18)    Yall Don't Wanna Fuck Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:35
19)    Shit Done Changed (Skit) Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 2:07
20)    Nobody Believes Me Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:49
21)    Dedication (Skit) Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 0:43
22)    My Brother Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:35
23)    Outro Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 2:34
24)    The Life Album Version Edit (Explicit) More Info... 3:09
 

Album: A Gangster and A Gentleman
# Song Title   Time
1)    Intro Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 0:33
2)    Good Times Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:31
3)    Yall Know We In Here Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:49
4)    A Gangster And A Gentleman Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:33
5)    Black Magic Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:29
6)    Daddy Get That Cash Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:40
7)    Lick Shots Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:24
8)    And I Came To... Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:44
9)    Get Paid Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:43
10)    Ass Bag (Skit) Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 2:01
11)    I'm A Ruff Ryder Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:45
12)    Soul Clap Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:19
13)    We Thugs (My Niggas) Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:04
14)    Styles Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:55
15)    Barber Shop (Skit) Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:43
16)    Listen Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 2:58
17)    Niggas Flippin (Skit) Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 1:12
18)    Yall Don't Wanna Fuck Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:35
19)    Shit Done Changed (Skit) Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 2:07
20)    Nobody Believes Me Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:49
21)    Dedication (Skit) Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 0:43
22)    My Brother Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:35
23)    Outro Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 2:34
24)    The Life Album Version Edit (Explicit) More Info... 3:09
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Styles, Eve, Jadakiss, Sheek, M.O.P., Pharoahe Monch, Angie Stone, Lil' Mo, P.K., Swizz Beatz, J-Hood.
  • Producers include: Styles, The Alchemist, P. Killer, Mr. Devine, Jay "Icepick" Jackson.
  • Personnel includes: Styles, Eve, Jadakiss, Sheek, M.O.P., Pharoahe Monch, Angie Stone, Lil' Mo, P.K., Swizz Beatz, J-Hood.
  • Producers include: Styles, The Alchemist, P. Killer, Mr. Devine, Jay "Icepick" Jackson.
  • Audio Mixers: Ken "Duro" Ifill; Rich Keller.
  • Recording information: Powerhouse Studios; Sony Studios; YO! Entertainment Studios.
  • Arranger: Craig Brodhead.
  • As one-third of the intrepid street rap trio LOX, Styles Paniro had seen hip-hop go through a number of awkward phases since the death of friend and mentor the Notorious B.I.G. Biggie Smalls and Sean "Puffy" Combs were the first to recognize the talents of Styles and fellow Yonkers natives Jadakiss and Sheek Luciano. After Biggie's passing, the LOX released their debut, Money, Power & Respect, in 1998, and Styles was always the MC who listeners looked forward to hearing on the track. After the LOX became fed up with Puff Daddy's glammed-out approach to the rap game, they rediscovered their gully roots and resurfaced with DMX, Swizz Beatz, and the Ruff Ryder camp in early 2000, releasing the far-more-edgy We Are the Streets later that same year. After fellow LOX member Jadakiss found solo success with his summer 2001 release Kiss tha Game Goodbye, it was only a matter of time before Styles, every bit as talented a lyricist as Jada but perhaps a little less marketable, came forth with a solo venture. The buzz for this album was spurred by two singles in particular: the soulful memoir "My Life," featuring Pharoahe Monch (originally released on Rawkus' Soundbombing, Vol. 3), and the herbalist's anthem "Good Times." But this album is more than just a two-track wonder, as Styles divides equal time between his bipolar persona. On the gangster side, Styles offers thuggish joints like the kettle-drum-laced "Styles," the stirring "Lick Shots" featuring the LOX crew, and the party banger "Soul Clap," which loops a snippet from the classic Native Tongues remix of "Scenario." Styles shows a more humanist side on the laid-back "Black Magic," featuring Angie Stone, and expends heartfelt lamentation on the death of his older brother on "My Brother." The album's haphazard track sequencing detracts from its overall quality, as the songs don't transition well from one to the next. Also, despite Styles' made-man, one-foot-in-the-spirit realm approach, the MC fails to carry a couple of tracks (which may be the result of some spotty, soulless production). These minor glitches aside, Styles' debut hits hard like a double shot of Glenlivet or a haymaker to the thorax. ~ M.F. DiBella
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (8/8/02, p.80) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Styles may be painspoken, but he's certainly not simple. Many of his songs celebrate life's underdogs, and the rest reflect a deep nihilism....a sad and unaplogetic Styles stares mortality right in the face..."

Rolling Stone (8/8/02, p.80) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Styles may be painspoken, but he's certainly not simple. Many of his songs celebrate life's underdogs, and the rest reflect a deep nihilism....a sad and unaplogetic Styles stares mortality right in the face..."

CMJ (8/5/02, p.15) - "...This debut announces Styles presence as a solo artist with authority."

CMJ (8/5/02, p.15) - "...This debut announces Styles presence as a solo artist with authority."
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