Jadakiss the hip hop artist from Yonkers, released a new track, “Me” and a short film dedicated in loving memory to Ignatius “Ice Pick” Jay Jackson. The film is a near 10-minute short featuring Jadakiss and begins with the guys robbing diamonds then taking refuge in a coffee shop which leads to a shootout. Jadakiss is the last man standing and holds the diamonds in the end and says, “Icepick shared many great things with me. Things I take to the heart. The one thing I’ll never forget he said, is the most precious treasure you’ll ever hold is loyalty.”
The song begins with a female vocalist before Jadakiss breaks through rapping. The beat begins and verses drop while the vocalist drops the lyric, “Me” repeatedly. In one verse, the lyric says, “I don’t know, sometimes I look in the mirror and be like I don’t even trust you.” The song’s theme is about defending one’s own pride and confidence while people might be throwing negativity at you, the relationship with yourself is the most important. Jadakiss says, “I’m here baby, I’m one of the greats in Hip Hop. What you have to do is just ask the other greats.”
Before breaking out on his own, Jason Phillips aka Jadakiss gained his following alongside Styles P and Sheek Louch through The L.O.X. Releasing their Bad Boy Records debut Money, Power & Respect, which debuted at number three on Billboard’s 200. Setting out on his own, Jadakiss dropped his biggest hit single to day “Why” featuring Anthony Hamilton from album Kiss of Death and earning accolades as well as controversy along the way. Adding another pivot point in his prolific career, he’s set to drop his fourth full length studio album Top 5 Dead or Alive on November 20.
For Top 5 Dead or Alive, Jadakiss says, “I got music for those who just got on board and those who’ve been there since day one.” Appearances from Future, Nipsey Hussle, Wiz Khalifa and more ensure the level of creative variety that’s defined Jada’s career. “I got stuff for those who want to get deep, those who want concepts and those want lyrics,” describes Jadakiss. “Top 5 Dead or Alive is something you can rock to. I’m taking you on a nice voyage that’s a gumbo of everything.”
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