Jason “Jadakiss” Phillips is set to release his highly anticipated 4th solo studio album this year. Jadakiss is one of the artist in hip hop with crazy bars and punchlines for days. He is 1/3 member of the group The Lox and the hip hop collective Ruff Ryders. Jadakiss is one of the three owners of the imprint known as D-Block Records. In early 2007, Jadakiss signed to Roc-A-Fella Records / Def Jam Records. Jadakiss has also released three studio albums with the most recent being The Last Kiss in 2009. Recently he has been releasing mixtapes and plans to release his fourth studio album Top 5, Dead or Alive on Nov 20th 2015.
By age 16, Jadakiss was a freestyle rapper who was given the opportunity to compete in the “Jack the Rapper Competition” in Florida with some of his friends, where Jadakiss had been noticed for his battle rap ability. He met Dee and Wah of the Ruff Ryders (then a management company), and began hanging out and battling outside of the Ruff Ryders’ studio where artists such as DMX made their first hits.
Phillips went on to start the rap group The Bomb Squad in 1994 with friends, Sheek Louch and Styles P. They later signed to Bad Boy Entertainment, where it was suggested that they change their name simply to “The LOX”, which came to stand for Living Off Experience. They made their first appearance on The Main Source’s 1994 LP Fuck What You Think on the track “Set it Off.
The group, especially Jadakiss, developed a close relationship with The Notorious B.I.G., during which time Jadakiss was taken under Biggie’s wing. The LOX’s first hit was the tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. called “We’ll Always Love Big Poppa” (the B-side to Puffy’s “I’ll Be Missing You”) in 1997.
In 1998, the LOX released Money, Power, Respect. Though the record was successful, eventually going Platinum, The LOX grew unhappy with Bad Boy Records and Puffy’s glossy, radio friendly production. Following this album, they left the label to sign with Ruff Ryder Entertainment.
Jadakiss’s debut album, Kiss Tha Game Goodbye, was released in August 2001 on the Ruff Ryders/Interscope label. The album featured popular guests and producers such as DJ Premier, The Alchemist, DMX, EVE, Snoop Dogg and Swizz Beatz, but was written off as repetitive and uninspired. Jadakiss has acknowledged the criticism as, generally speaking, valid, saying the record was done less out of inspiration than out of contract obligations to Bad Boy. The album produced three singles: “We Gonna Make It” featuring Styles P., “Knock Yourself Out” and “Put Ya Hands Up.”
Jadakiss is mentioned in Eminem’s 2002 song “Till I Collapse” as one of the best rappers in the industry.
Jadakiss’s second album, Kiss Of Death, was released in June 2004. His song “Why” (featuring Anthony Hamilton) became one of the year’s biggest hits, spawning a remix featuring Styles P., Common, Nas, and Hamilton. “Why?” remains Jada’s biggest hit, peaking at #11 on the Hot 100. Another single from the record, “U Make Me Wanna,” featured Mariah Carey and was a much more commercially driven love song. Kiss of Death did not reflect the popularity of its lead single, but it was better received than his first effort.
In late 2007, Jadakiss signed to Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella, a move Jay had been trying to arrange for a long time. The move came on the heels of increased D-Block/Roc-a-Fella collaborations; in 2006, Jadakiss and former rival Beanie Sigael collaborated on DJ Khaled’s album, and in 2007, on Freeways’s album Free At Last. Styles P appeared on a radio freestyle with Freeway and Sigel, and also appeared briefly in the video for Jay-Z’s American Gangsta single “Roc Boys,” in which he throws up the famous Roc-a-Fella sign, “the Diamond.”
In 2009, Jadakiss released his third official album, The Last Kiss. The first single is “By My Side”, featuring Ne-Yo. The second official single is “Can’t Stop Me”. The third official single is “Death Wish”, featuring Lil Wayne. The fourth official single is “Who’s Real”, featuring Swizz Beatz and OJ Da Juiceman. In 2010, Jadakiss reunited with the Ruff Ryders label while remaining at Roc-A-Fella.
On June 4, 2013 Jadakiss released the first single from his upcoming fourth studio album Top 5, Dead or Alive titled “Big Boy Dialogue” featuring vocals from The Dream. The album will feature guest appearances by The Lox, Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne. He also announced that a collaboration mixtape with Yo Gotti would be released prior to the album.
HERE’S THE NEW SINGLE OFF OF JADAKISS’ TO 5 DEAD OR ALIVE “JASON” FEAT SWIZZ BEATZ
ALBUM AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 20TH, 2015
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