Born in Corona, Queens, and raised in Yonkers, Styles began rapping with Jadakiss and Sheek in 1993, as they all grew up in the same Yonkers, New York neighborhood.Styles P along with Jadakiss and Sheek louch started selling drugs on the corners of New York City. Unlike most rappers their struggle was real. Styles P said that he has been stabbed 4 times and shot in his ribs. Styles later started rapping about the tough streets. They eventually signed to Bad Boy Records, formed the rap group called "Lox" which stands for "Living Off Xperience", and recorded songs with Notorious B.I.G., Sean Combs and Darren Blackburn. In 1998, The Lox released Money, Power & Respect w/ the hit song "Money, Power, Respect" feat. fellow Bad Boy, "Lil Kim" and Ruff Ryder Earl "DMX" Simmons. Soon thereafter, Styles P led the LOX on the now infamous quest to leave Bad Boy Records. When they were finally released, the Lox signed to Interscope. Shortly thereafter, a new Lox album and Jadakiss' solo album Kiss Tha Game Goodbye were released.
Styles released A Gangster and a Gentleman in 2002, as his debut solo album. The album contained the song "The Life", featuring Pharoahe Monch which was originally recorded for Rawkus Records' Soundbombing 3 compilation album.
In 2004, Styles P. released the mixtape Ghost Stories in limited distribution form (NY only) -- the mixtape spread to other cities and onto the internet in the next year. He was featured on the hit song "Locked Up", by R&B artist Akon.
In 2005, Styles P. received local market airplay for his and Jadakiss' remix of Mariah Carey's mega-hit "We Belong Together", and on Miri Ben-Ari's album, The Hip-Hop Violinist; he features on the track "We Gonna Win". He released two stand-alone mixtapes in complete form: Ghost in the Shell in the spring of 2005 and Ghost in the Machine in the Fall.
Styles P. has been featured on many rappers' albums including Ghostface Killah, AZ, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, and Akon's albums. Styles is rumoured to appear on DMX's new album Walk With Me Now and You'll Fly With Me Later. He will also appear on the title track to The Roots' latest album, Rising Down. In addition, in 2008 Styles P. contributed vocals to the track 'I Like Music' by the Irish funk/soul band Republic of Loose. The track appears on the band's third album Vol IV: Johnny Pyro and the Dance of Evil.
The album's supposed lead single, "I'm Black" received a fair amount of radio play last year, as did the single "Can You Believe It" featuring Akon, for which a video was shot. The release boasts guest appearances by the late Gerald Levert, Akon, Jagged Edge, Jae Hood, Floetry's Marsha Ambrosius, Rashad, Talib Kweli and The Lox. The album's production will be handled by hit makers Scott Storch and Swizz Beatz among others.
In March 2007, Koch officially announced the signing of esteemed lyricist Styles P. In an Official Koch Statement it was written "KOCH Records is thrilled to announce the addition of Styles P to its burgeoning hip-hop roster". KOCH Records General Manager and Executive VP Alan Grunblatt added, “Styles is THE perfect KOCH Urban artist. He has a huge fanbase and is ready to go to the next level. We are absolutely thrilled to have him.” Styles P announced the deal during an interview on Angie Martinez’ show on New York’s Hot 97. Says Styles about this new venture, “I look forward to embarking on this exciting new phase of my career alongside KOCH Records, a company best known for their unyielding interest in supporting the vision of the artist. It feels good to be a part of a team that appreciates hip hop in its truest form. I am ecstatic about being in control of my own destiny.”
|Year||Song||(Top 100||Hot R&B||Hot Rap||UK Singles||Album|
|2002||"Good Times"||22||6||8||-||A Gangster & A Gentleman|
|2002||"The Life" (featuring Pharaohe Monch)||-||66||-||-||A Gangster & A Gentleman|
|2002||"Jenny from the Block" (Jennifer Lopez featuring Jadakiss & Styles P)||3||-||-||3||This is Me...Then|
|2004||"Locked Up [Remix]" (Akon featuring Styles P)||8||-||-||5||Trouble|
|2005||"Can You Believe It" (featuring Akon)||-||32||-||-||Time is Money|
|2005||"I'm Black" (featuring Marsha of Floetry)||-||94||-||-||Time is Money|
|2006||"We Belong Together" [Remix]" (Mariah Carey featuring Jadakiss & Styles P)||1||1||1||3||The Emancipation of Mimi"|
|2006||"Who Want a Problem [Remix]" (featuring Swizz Beatz/Jadakiss/Sheek Louch)||-||-||-||-||Time is Money|
|2007||"Blow Ya Mind" (featuring Swizz Beatz)||-||51||19||-||Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman)|
|2008||"Gangster, Gangster" (featuring Jadakiss & Sheek Louch)||-||-||-||-||Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman)|