While speaking with The Art Of Dialogue, Styles P spoke on The Lox’s appearance on Jay-Z’s Reservoir Dogs and detailed why he decided to take shots at Hov with his verse. In the interview, the Yonkers legend said he was feeling heated because Jay-Z wouldn’t let them have a minute before rushing them to the studio.
“We was on the road somewhere and we flew in to do it. We didn’t want to, we wanted to put it off to the next day,” Styles P recounted. “At least be able to drop our bags and do some shit, but we end up going straight to the studio and we were there for obviously a few hours. Everybody laid they part except Hov and myself.”
Styles P said he had to record his verse the next day because the others wanted to leave the studio and go to the club.
“There was a club opening that night and everybody wanted to go to the club or go out and leave the studio and do whatever, and so me being me, when it was time to do the later verse, I laid the verse,” Styles P added, noting he was still feeling tight about JAY’s short-notice.
P further admitted he was ‘pretty f-cking ignorant back then’ and blamed his actions on the the things he was dealing with at the time.
“I was a very egotistical prideful cowboy and I popped a lot of shit. Literally I was going through a lot of shit outside of music at that time of my life also so that energy was just transferring into music.
During a 2020 interview with Genius’ Rob Markman, fellow The Lox member Jadakiss confirmed that P was going at Jay with the verse: “He was going at Hov on there. Hov was like, ‘Well, it sounded like you talking about me on it.’”
Reservoir Dogs also featuring Beanie Sigel and Sauce Money ended up on Jay-Z’s 1998 album Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life. Styles P noted the Brooklyn-bred hip-hop mogul was aware of the shots and found it funny.
“He laughed soon as I came out the booth, he was like ‘you f-cking crazy man’… we laughed at it,” Styles P said.
Watch the full interview below.