The LOX – “Filthy America… It’s Beautiful” review

It’s been almost 19 years since The LOX released their debut Money, Power & Respect under Bad Boy Entertainment & almost 17 years since they released their previous full-length album We Are the Streets (which I personally consider to be their best work) under Ruff Ryders Entertainment but now, they’re finally returning with their 3rd full-length album & they’re doing it with the help of Roc Nation. I’m very well aware that they dropped a trilogy consisting of 2 EPs & a mixtape a few years ago called The Trinity & while I thought it was a solid trilogy overall, I was a lot more excited when I first heard about this album being announced at the very beginning of the month. Mainly because it’s been so long since we’ve heard a full-length project from them. The album opens up with “Omen”, which has a trap beat with a choir sample throughout & I think the content enhances the evil atmosphere this opener provides. The track “The Family” talks about putting their dudes over money & the beat is a little spacey but hard. The track “The Agreement” is unquestionably the worst track on the album, mainly because I’ve always found Fetty Wap to be annoying as Hell & his feature on this song is no exception at all. The track “Move Forward” is some pure hardcore shit complete with a boom bap beat provided by DJ Premier & I actually like the piano-loop throughout. The track “Hard Life” talks about how rough life really is over a grimy beat from Dame Grease & for the trio to have Mobb Deep featured on here was flawless. The track “Filthy America” is conceptually about the trio being on trial & all of them eventually being found guilty in the end over a somber beat from Pete Rock. As a full album, it’s awesome to hear the trio together again but I kinda wanted more from it. There’s no denying that the 3 still sound great together & they still deliver dope bars, but I thought the production could’ve been better on quite a few tracks & maybe a couple more tracks could’ve been added onto the track listing as well. It’s definitely worth checking out, though

Score: 3.5/5

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