With the success of his latest album The Last Kiss debuting high on the charts, Jadakiss recently discussed the absence of New York rappers’ lyricism and their lost status within hip-hop.
While claiming the Big Apple was down for the past few years, Kiss did say he felt a string of New York artists would follow his lead with quality music.
“New York took a hit when everybody started getting money,” Kiss said in an interview. “Everybody was doing alright in record sales. Everybody had some success but then the ego started playing a part. From then, nobody wanted to do songs with each other. N*ggas were on some, ‘I’m not f*cking with that n*gga. I’m not doing that!’ That hurt everybody in a whole and everybody stopped dropping albums. Then wherever, the South, the West came, linked up, and collected that money for certain amont of years. I just feel like this is going to give everybody some sense of inspiration to come. you got Fab[olous] coming. You got more north artists that’s gon’ come back. you know Red [Cafe] is doing his thing. Maino is doing his thing. This gon’ give everybody motivation to put music out, so then, nobody has to sit down and complain.” (Hip Hop Game)
Kiss recently shared his thoughts on his Def Jam debut selling over 100,000 copies in its first week.
“I ain’t know what to expect now with the way the game is,” Kiss said in an interview. “But I know I got a core fanbase. I don’t think Def Jam expected that, so now we gotta get on the same page. I will say that’s a great number for the climate and the way the music industry is right now and that’s without a big hit at radio…I got longevity, that’s why I got legs…It’s always good when you can say I told you so. It’s always good when you get the last laugh. But I’m just happy to be embraced after all these years, ’cause hip-hop fans’ ears change hourly. I’ma be here for a while.” (XXL Mag)
Debuting atop all urban releases last week, Kiss opened within Nielsen Soundscan‘s top 5.
The Lox‘s Jadakiss leads this week’s urban artists as The Last Kissdebuts at No. 3. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the rapper’s Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella debut sold 134,900 copies after seven days in stores. (Sales Wrap)
He also celebrated his album at the MySpace Music Release party in New York shouting-out his new label.
“New York, make some motherf*cking noise,” Jada told the screaming audience. “Check it out, before we set this off I want everybody to put they middle finger in the air…I’d like to thank all y’all for coming out, it’s important, it’s your boy Kiss. Big on to everyone on MySpace. Shout-out to Adidas. I wanna shout-out to Def Jam for holding me down, my new family. L.A. Reid in the building, I love you baby.” (SOHH On The Scene)