The LOX‘s Sheek Louch has revealed his group’s contractual obligations to Interscope Records have trapped them on the label, delaying a possible return to Diddy‘s Bad Boy Records.
As a group consisting of Sheek, Styles P and Jadakiss, the rapper claimed Interscope still has them under contract.
“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 Puff 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 Kiss, 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)
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)
Last June, Styles P said the group was working on the group album and their own separate projects.
“We working on the LOX right now and all the solos at once — Sheek solo, my solo, ‘Kiss solo, mixtapes. That’s our plan for the summer right now,” he said. “Since we all in the lab, we going in. Now that we all there at the same time, it brings better energy and better thoughts. Even while I’m working on my solo, I like that input: ‘All right, P, go here with it’ or ‘go there with it.’ ‘You should do that kinda song.’ I was in a Louch session the other day, and somebody was there for beats for him; he got two beats for me. It wasn’t nothing there for him in the beat session, but he heard two beats he knew I would like and go in on. It makes for a better energy and better fit. We just working and making our legacy grow. LOX forever.” (MTV)
In May, Sheek confirmed inking an album deal with Def Jam.
“I got some real good music coming out,” he revealed. “I needed that right machine behind it to get that record past the level that it stops, to push it further. And I was shopping it to a lot of the majors…but my man L and Butch, Czar, Mike Caruso and Lenny S…they brought me up in there to Def Jam. And Chris Hicks and L.A. [Reid] they seen the vision. And it’s on…It’s between a couple spots that’s actually throwing real nice numbers and ideas at [The LOX]. I know everybody’s been hearing about that project but it’s for real, for real…we’re meeting with [Diddy] on Wednesday.” (XXL Mag)
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