This Day in Hip Hop and Rap History
Host: Chuck D w/ Duke Eatmon & Ron Maskell
May 27th, 2012
May 27th - Jadakiss was born Jason Phillips in Yonkers, New York, on this day in 1975.
Jadakiss formed the group The Warlocks in the early 1990’s with Styles P and Lil` Mac.
The Warlocks made their recording debut with Main Source on the 1994 album “F What You Heard” on the track “Set It Off.”
They were later discovered by fellow Yonkers native Mary J. Blige, who introduced the group to Sean "Puffy" Combs, who then eventually signed Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch to his Bad Boy label and changed their name to simply The LOX.
They got their first big break at Bad Boy recording the B-side to a Biggie Smalls tribute single by Combs called “I’ll Be Missing You.” The LOX B-side was called “We’ll Always Love Big Poppa.”
In 1998, The LOX released their debut album called “Money, Power & Respect”, on Bad Boy, which spawned the huge hit “If U Think I`m Jiggy.”
The group however felt that their artistic vision had been comprimised at Bad Boy and soon wanted out of the famous imprint.
This led to the “Free The LOX” campaign, launched by the group and the fans.
Famed entertainment attorney L. Londell MacMillian was successful in eventually getting the group out of their Bad Boy contract and eventually getting back their publishing rights.
The group then signed with Ruff Ryders Records, with whom they had a previous affiliation, and released their sophomore album “We Are The Streets”, which spawned the hits “Wild Out” and “Ryde Or Die”, in 2000.
In 2001, Jadakiss released his debut solo album “Kiss Tha Game Goodbye”, on Ruff Ryders, which produced the hit “Put Ya Hands Up.”
In 2004, Jadakiss released his platinum selling sophomore album “Kiss Of Death”, which featured the hit singles “U Make Me Wanna” (featuring Mariah Carey), “Time`s Up” (featuring the late Nate Dogg), “Welcome To D-Block” (featuring Eminem) and the political “Why” (featuring Anthony Hamilton).
Jadakiss` last official album, to date, was 2009`s “The Last Kiss”, which was released simultaneously on Ruff Ryders, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam and Jada’s own D-Block label.
“The Last Kiss” spawned the hits “By My Side” (featuring Ne-Yo), “Can`t Stop Me”, “Letter To B.I.G.”, which was also featured in the 2009 Biggie Smalls biopic “Notorious”, “Death Wish” (featuring Lil’ Wayne) and “Who’s Real.”
In 2011, Jadakiss released “I Love You - The Mixtape (A Dedication To My Fans)”, which Rick Ross would also guest on.
Over the years Jadakiss has collaborated with Mary J. Blige, DMX, Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Fat Joe, Carl Thomas, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Kanye West, Ja Rule, DJ Khaled, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon of The Wu-Tang Clan as well as countless others.
A new LOX album is reportedly due out sometime soon.
Jadakiss is considered one of the most talented lyricists in hip-hop today.