Jadakiss has expressed his thoughts on selling more than 100,000 copies of his Def Jam debut The Last Kiss, claiming the record label underestimated him.
Along with sharing his thoughts, Kiss revealed how his longevity helped keep him relevant to the public.
“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 this week, Kiss opened within Nielsen Soundscan‘s Top 5.
The Lox’s Jadakiss leads this week’s urban artists as The Last Kiss debuts 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)
Kiss recently celebrated his album release 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)
The rapper made his move to a Roc-A-Fella Records late 2007.
In an historic move, New York-based rapper Jadakiss has been signed to Roc-A-Fella/Ruff Ryders today, November 16, 2007. The announcement was made by Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, President and CEO, Def Jam Recordings. Ruff Ryders is co-owned by brothers Darrin (‘Dee‘) Dean and Joaquin (‘Waah‘) Dean.