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The LOX -- an acronym for Living Off Experience -- was a Yonkers, New York-based rap trio who worked their way up through the Bad Boy training camp, writing and rapping on hits by the likes of Puff Daddy, the Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey before releasing their debut album in early 1998. Shawn "Sheek" Jacobs, Jayson Phillips and David Styles began rapping together in their childhood. By the time they reached their late teens, they had settled on the name the LOX. Eventually, they met Mary J. Blige. Impressed by their demo tape, Blige forwarded the tape to Sean "Puffy" Combs, who hired the trio as writers. Between 1996 and 1997, the group wrote and performed on a number of Combs' productions, including his own "It's All About the Benjamins" and "I Got the Power," Mase's "24 Hrs. to Live," Mariah Carey's "Honey," the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Last Day," Mary J. Blige's "Can't Get You Off My Mind" and Zhane's "Saturday Night." The LOX received an unexpected boost in the summer of 1997, when their tribute to the late Biggie Smalls, "We'll Always Love Big Poppa," was picked as the B-side of Puff Daddy's international number one hit, "I'll Be Missing You." The single was the biggest hit of 1997, setting the stage for the January 1998 release of the LOX's debut Money, Power & Respect, which went as high as number three on the pop album charts. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All-Music Guide

My part of the bio, Part II.

After releasing their first album, they got the audience that they were not expecting. Their album was not aimed at the street. They wanted to leave Puffy and go to their family at Ruff Ryder records. After starting the campaign "Let the LOX go" they were freed. They now released their debut album form the ruff ryders and its ill. It is the best with Swizz doing most of the production.

"Are you glad that LOX IS Ruff Ryder now?" -Wild Out


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