Styles P Says KRS-One and Rakim Gave Him Rap "Superpowers"

By Kiani Shabazz

Styles P is highly respected as one of hip-hop’s most talented emcees and legends as part of the iconic supergroup The LOX, as well as cementing himself as a killer solo emcee outside of the group. 

During a recent interview with HipHopDX, Styles P spoke about his legendary status and strengthening his lyrical ability over the years. According to The LOX emcee, a pair of hip-hop legends inspired him to be the best emcee to his ability. 

“You know what I was the first human being to do? This is why I might be the rap mutant,” Styles said with a laugh. “I was the first person to ever do this. I was blessed enough to be on the road with Rakim a lot and do shows. House of Blues L.A. Rakim is performing, and who does Rakim bring out to perform with him. Look this shit up, Rakim brings out KRS-One.”

Sharing the stage with the two New York rap legends was a rarity. Styles explained his excitement for the opportunity, saying he had to jump on stage on touch the two New York legends at the same time to make sure it was real. 

“They never been on the stage together before. Rakim and KRS are fucking ripping it down, it’s crazy,” Styles said. “You know what I did? I couldn’t even help myself, but I ran out and touched Rakim and KRS at the same time while they was performing.”

Styles suggested this moment gave him rap superpowers, calling himself the rap Professor X, sharing the stage with Rakim and KRS-One being the beginning of his origin story. 

Styles continued, “I’m Professor X, are you kidding me?! I couldn’t even contain myself, I ran out. Kid Capri said I was a smart n-gga for that one. This is crazy I touched Rakim and KRS, and it was like the powers just came through me. I was already nice, but that did something to me. I told you my secret. I let it out right here, God damn it [laughs].”