Not that Styles P ever needs any validation, his credentials speak as loudly as Lil Jon on a crunk record, but the Ghost says he expects to be on the Hottest MCs in the Game list the next time the MTV News Brain Trust convenes.
“That list was crazy,” Styles laughed about the controversial first countdown.
“I’mma be tearing it up,” he promised of his lyrical activity over the next few months. “You heard my lyrics on ‘Stop Skeemin‘ ‘: ‘Why wasn’t I on it?’ That’s why I [say that]. Not that I’m mainstream industry, but I am an MC. When I hear of something like the Hottest MCs list, I’m like, ‘I’m not on the radar?’ ”
SP has been on a tear, no doubt. Freestyles and street leakers like “Super Gangsta” have been in abundance. It’s all a setup for his next solo LP, which will be coming before the end of 2007.
“Third album will definitely be out in November,” he advised. “I’m taking it there. I’m trying to make my mark as I usually do. Just trying to step it up, being that I’m solo on the independent tip. I’m just trying to work. I had my ups and downs, been through a lot. I’m just continuing to work. I’m glad the people noticed it. I’m just trying to load back up so they could get a feel that the kid is coming. It will definitely be something epic, I’ll say that. … I strategically made this one. I wanted to make some sh–. I’m gonna keep working and put pressure on these boys. I got fyyyy-errrrrr!”
Styles probably won’t use the title The Phantom. He was thinking about Five Star General as well, but Cash Money‘s Baby has swiped that title already. Then SP was toying with Super Gangsta/ Extraordinary Gentleman, but the name was a little long. To make a long story short, he’s just mulling over titles now.
SP is branching out as well. He’ll be doing his own street DVD soon called “Gangster Chronicles.”
“It ain’t gonna be just me,” he described. “I’ll have Jim Jones, Busta Rhymes, Cassidy, Swizz Beatz. I’m giving you the angle. … We see ‘Smack‘ and all these DVDs, but it will be nice for artists to speak to artists on the real street level. It will take us a month and a half to complete.”
Styles will be shooting a straight-to-YouTube video for “Super Gangsta” within the next week.