Jadakiss, Master of Ceremony

Jadakiss Deserves His Flowers

The emcee may need to be in all of our Top 5 DOA’s after that Verzus masterclass

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I started on Twitter. That’s where all news starts for me. Weeks prior, I had been following the back and forth on Instagram though — Styles P, aka the Ghost and more conscious member of the prolific rap group The Lox, and Jim Jones, once Cam’ron hype man and mouthpiece turned certified rap star, were at each others necks with a slew of disrespectful memes over Instagram, each seasoned veteran going tit-for-tat in a friendly battle in preparation for the Lox vs Dipset Verzuz to be held at Madison Square Garden. I’d been paying attention, but there seemed to be some more pertinent battles going on in the world grabbing our attention: vaxxers vs anti-vaxxers; racists vs anti-racists, scientists vs hoteps. The world has been a consistent dumpster fire for a little over two years. The battle was on my radar but the Verzuz battles — the online-turned-live and in-person-platform where artists put their catalogs up against each other and battle it out in a friendly competition — had lost its energy for me. 50 Cent taunted Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s venture at one point, proclaiming that the once heralded event lost its luster because people wanted to be outside and no longer cared nor wanted to be in the house watching artists share their songs on a stage online. And I agreed to a certain extent. So much of the appeal of Verzuz is not only the artists and their songs, but the energy between the artists on the stage. The artists not only put us in our feels, but remind us of why we fell in love with their music in the first place. The wrong artist can make us wish we could travel back in time to remember them how they were, and not how they are. And then, there’s Jadakiss.

I’ve always loved Jada. And I’ve always hated Jada’s albums. But being the best rapper alive is not about output or classic LP’s, at least for me. There are so many variables that contribute to the five star status. Jada’s “Kiss Tha Game Goodbye” is still my favorite ‘Kiss album: chart topping singles, the classic wordplay he’s known for, and guest appearances that aligned perfectly with where Kiss’ star was heading at the time. Every subsequent album following that had ‘Kiss chasing Jay-Z’s shadow, both emcees heralded for their penchant of spittin’…

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Joel Leon.

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