It's been over 10 years since the LOX last graced Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as a unit but this week’s release of "Summers Too Hot" could bring the drought to an end. The street record, primed for Labor Day barbeques, was produced by the group's longtime producer Scram Jones and features a vocal sample from Kanye West's "New God Flow."
The Yonkers rap trio – composed of Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch – is rumored to be working on "We Are the Streets 2," their first studio set as the Lox since “We Are the Streets” opened at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in 2000. Their D-Block label releases, "D-Block: The CD/DVD Mixtape" (No. 31 debut in 2006) and "No Security" (No. 6, 2009), has been holding down their fans.
Another New York rap act whose fans have been patiently waiting to return is Harlem’s Cam'Ron. The leader of the Diplomats missed the announced July 4th release date of his "Ghetto Heaven Vol. 1" mixtape, but dropped "Welcome to My World" this week to assure fans it's still coming. It is now slated for an Oct. 1 release. Cam'Ron's last appearance as a lead artist on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs was in 2011 with "Hey Muma" alongside his protégé Vado (No. 84 peak). He was also featured on Nicki Minaj’s "I Am Your Leader," which also featured Rick Ross, that went to No. 71 last year before the chart was modified to a 50-position chart.