For the last couple of days, I’ve been listening to only four things: the new Disfear, the new Clipse, the new Kanye, and… Jadakiss’ Al Qaeda Jada mixtape. It’s renewed my appreciation for the Lox — so much so that, as I confessed to Amanda today, I’ve been scouring the internet to find a picture of some unsuspecting soul who happens to be named Dee Block for the purposes of a post. (And sure enough.)

It’s pretty much a cliche at this point that the Lox aren’t going to be commercially successful, skills notwithstanding. But even when the odds are stacked against you, some errors are unforced ones. Like — oh, I don’t know — sampling the Cheers theme and making it gangster.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman