Former Bad Boy Records artist Black Rob recently shared his reaction toward the possibility of The LOX re-uniting with Diddy for their upcoming untitled new album.
From Rob’s perspective, he could understand and respect their decision to go back after past contractual disputes under Bad Boy.
“The L.O.X., they already know what it is, man,” Rob said in an interview. “It’s better to deal with the devil you know than the devil you don’t know… I would sign to Bad Boy again. I would sign to them again if push came to shove. I would sign a contract with Bad Boy again, ’cause now I know the business side of everything. I can’t get jerked. Not saying that Puff jerked me, but now I know the business side so I can go at this a little bit different now. I can go in there with some knowledge, knowing that you can do this and I can do this, and you can’t do this…I want this, this what I’m supposed to have, where’s it at? ” (Hip Hop DX)
Jadakiss recently said a few other possible album deals with competitors may close out the possible reunion.
“That’s onboard with a few offers,” ‘Kiss said. “It was in the making with Diddy. But after we put out that ‘[Ha Ha] Slow Down’ remix, we got a few more calls in that’s on the table right now. They upped the ante. The ante got upped off a light freestyle. You see the impact? You feel that?” (MTV)
Last March, Styles P also said a Diddy deal had not been finalized.
“Ain’t nobody vocal, we ain’t signed to Puff yet,” Styles told radio host Jenny Boom Boom. “We LOX and even if we was, I think everybody respects us to know we do what we do. It’s still possible, it’s still possible, you know paper work is paper work. It’s like y’all job, it ain’t official until you sign the contract, right? Nobody’s saying it’s ‘not’ a go, but nothing’s a go until the contract is signed and I don’t know what other way to tell you than that. It’s not a go until everything is inked down. Dame Grease is gonna be on it [producing,] we looking to work with all kinds of hot producers.” (“Jenny Boom Boom”)
Lox were previously signed to Bad Boy but tried to get out of their contracts in the late 1990’s.
The trio were unhappy with their position, they claimed they were being presented as manufactured and for the mainstream. This accumulated in a massive campaign to get the Lox off the Bad Boy label. There was a campaign with ‘Free The Lox’ T-Shirts which the artists themselves rocked in protest against Puffy forcing them to stay on the label due to contract issues. Eventually Puffy allowed them to leave their contract in November 2005. (Bad Boy Forever)
Check out Styles P speaking on The LOX rejoining Diddy below: