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by Nick Tylwalk
16 June, 2009@1:32 am
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No need to double-check your calendars. Though we’ve received several solo albums from each of them, it really has been nine years since we’ve had a group effort from Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss, whether you like to call them D-Block or The LOX.

The reasons for that are well documented, and as it turns out, the wait is going to be just a little bit longer. That’s because No Security is more of a compilation album than anything, designed to feature not just the three founders but the next generation of D-Block members as well.

That next wave rocks the mic and does work behind the boards all over No Security. So if you weren’t familiar with rappers Bucky, Snyp Life, Large Amount, A.P. and Bully or producers Vinny Idol and Poobs, you will be by the time you listen to it a few times.

And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as several of them show some promise. Bucky has an aggressive, grimy delivery that makes him sound like a modern day iteration of Onyx, and a couple of the other lyricists drop the occasional nice line. Idol, who sports the nickname “King of Beatz,” hooks up “From the Block” with a nasty synthesizer loop that suits the group’s style perfectly.

Let’s not kid ourselves though: the original D-Block lineup is still the main attraction. Their chemistry is still excellent, whether it’s displaying the same energy as their younger counterparts on Pete Rock’s remix of “Like That Ya’ll” or getting the spotlight to themselves on the breezy “Get That Paper.”

There are a few tracks that are instantly forgettable and others, like “Round & Round,” (which modifies the chlidren’s song “Wheels on the Bus” for it’s chorus… yeah, really) that stick in your head for the wrong reasons. But if the point of the album is to show that there’s more to D-Block than just the familiar names, then it’s mission accomplished.

As for the big three, they’re apparently working on a D-Block/LOX record that may get released toward the end of the year – and if Jada’s recent comments are on point, they could even be working with a certain Sean Combs again. For longtime fans of the group, that will be the main course, with No Security serving as a decent little appetizer to hold them over until then. – Nick Tylwalk

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