New York rap crew The LOX have come forward to speak out on raising eyebrows last week with the unexpected release of their The Trinity EP album onto iTunes.

LOX member Jadakiss made sure to shine some light on R&B diva Beyoncé for motivating the crew to drop their project days after her unexpected overnight release.

“It felt right,” Jada said when asked about what motivated the new project’s unexpected release. “In this business, timing is everything. Your gut feeling is important and taking chances is always great. It’s like a gamble. You know what I mean? Big shout-out to Beyoncé, she paved the way on a bigger scale, before it got exhausted from a hood level, a street perspective standpoint, we were able to do the same thing and capitalize. We ain’t do it because she did it, but – she made it better for us. She made it better.” (Hot 97)

Styles P clarified Jada’s remarks by saying Bey inspired their decision to release the four-track EP via iTunes over other outlets.

“We actually was going to release a few songs for the holidays, few songs, few freestyles,” Styles P added. “We were just going to drop it. We knew nothing of what she was doing and then she dropped it and that added the iTunes into it. … Four songs, four dollars, you know, New York lyricists, good vibe music and get ready for us, we’e coming.” (Hot 97)

The LOX’s new project hit the mega digital retailer December 18.

Beyoncé isn’t the only artist releasing surprise projects online. With fans patiently waiting for a new body of work, The LOX release a new EP out of nowhere on iTunes. Titled The Trinity, the 4-track EP is led by the trio of Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, and Styles P. It includes additional appearances from singers Tyler Woods (“Faded”), and Dyce Payne (“Three Kings”). Like Queen Bey, The LOX’s new release serves as a digital exclusive to the online retailer. Stream “Love Me or Leave Me Alone.” The LOX – The Trinity EP (Tracklisting): 1. “Faded” (Feat. Tyler Woods) 2. “Talk About It” 3. “Love Me or Leave Me Alone” 4. “Three Kings” (Feat. Dyce Payne) (Miss Info TV)

Recently producer Swizz Beatz said the group’s highly-anticipated comeback album rested in Styles P, Jadakiss and Sheek Louch’s hands.

“It started off as a great concept, but you know, I’mma leave that up to Styles, ‘Kiss and Sheek,” Swizz told “RFL” host Sway Calloway. “We already like 10 joints in, and Khaled definitely has an ear for music and especially bringing along those collaborations, which I think could be a strong point for the LOX. But it’s [whatever] the LOX think.” Regardless of which direction the Yonkers trio take as far as production and scope for their 2014 LP, according to Swizz, what he’s heard already sounds nice. “L-O-X!” he said. “L-O-X!” (MTV)

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