Ms. Jade
Get ‘Em

jade-1.jpgIn today’s hip-hop climate, beef is an accepted form of promotion. Therefore, when producers Timbaland and Scott Storch released diss tracks and YouTube videos attacking each other, Ms. Jade felt compelled to jump in. The Philadelphia native, who was formerly signed to Timbaland’s Beat Club Records, took offense to Scott Storch’s diss song, “Built Like That,” in which he dissed Timbaland rapping, “Everything you signed to Beat Club was fucking wack.” Jade responded with “Beam Me Up, Scotty,” a record attacking Storch’s sexual prowess and alleged drug problems. It’s the first time fans have heard new material from Jade since her departure from Beat Club three years ago.

Ms. Jade Young received her big break in the hip-hop industry through a chance meeting with Elektra Records A&R, Jay Brown. Impressed by her music, Brown introduced Jade to Missy Elliot. The two formed a friendship and in turn, Missy introduced Jade to Timbaland. A couple of weeks later, Jade signed to Timbo’s Beat Club imprint.

With an aggressive and charismatic style honed in the streets of Philly, Jade caught the ears of listeners looking for more out of their female MCs than just a pretty face and risqué lyrics. In 2001, she appeared on “Slap! Slap! Slap!” off Missy’s platinum album, Miss E…So Addictive. She also stared on “In Time” off Timbaland & Magoo’s 2001 album, Indecent Proposal. Her most notable appearance, however, came on Pastor Troy’s 2002 hit single, “Are We Cuttin’.” That same year, Jade released her debut album, Girl Interrupted. While Timbaland produced nine tracks and Jay-Z, Missy, Nate Dogg and Nelly Furtado made appearances, the album was a commercial flop. Shortly after, Jade parted ways with Beat Club and then Timbaland dismantled the label.

Since then, Ms. Jade has been low-key, working on new songs and prepping the release of a new mixtape with DJ Drama and Don Cannon. XXLMag.com tracked down Ms. Jade to talk about her beef with Scott Storch, her relationship with Timbaland and her future projects.

You released “Beam Me Up Scotty,” a vicious diss towards Scott Storch. Why are you getting involved? Are you sticking up for Timbaland?
I’m not sticking up for anyone. That’s their beef. I don’t have anything to do with that. The only reason I came at him is because he said, “Everything you signed to Beat Club was wack,” and that [means] Bubba [Sparxxx] and me. Who else do you know that was signed to Beat Club? So I was like, “Damn, Scott, you and me was alright! You told me I was the best girl you ever heard and this and that.” So I can’t let anybody just disrespect my job. I’m working hard and I’m not gonna let that be the last thing people hear about me. So I just had to give him a little something. And I didn’t do it for no hype. I did it for him, so he could hear it. This is a message to you, Scott!

But the song seems real personal. Was all of that really because of one indirect line?

No. [Laughs] I mean, Scott and me were alright. Scott was on my album and that’s what threw me off. It was only that one line, but it was the way he said it. And then at the end [of the song], he’s like, “You don’t know how to pick talent.” So I was like, “Oh, you still going on, huh?” You could have said everybody except Jade or something, so I don’t appreciate that Scott. But that whole producers beefing is wack. I don’t even know how [my song] got on the Internet, but I didn’t do it to be on the radio or none of that shit. I just did it for him. So if he wants to jump then fucking leap!

Your debut album, Girl Interrupted, had nine Timbaland tracks and guests appearances from Jay-Z, Missy Elliot and Nate Dogg. Why do you think it didn’t it sell?
I think it was the wrong time for me. Promotion has a lot to do with it. The album was pushed back like seven times and everyone was like, “When’s it coming out?” Three months after it came out, I had people asking, “The album came out?”

Timbaland is one of the biggest producers in hip-hop, but his artists on Beat Club didn’t do very well commercially. Why is that?
Sometimes hip-hop becomes [too] popish. We want hip-hop! I liked my album, but with my singles, like “Big Head,” you wouldn’t know that I could really rap. I was trying to crossover. So I think that him [Timbaland] being as big as he is, he doesn’t start hip-hop from the bottom up. But that’s what you have to do. You just can’t blow up automatically. You have to build your fan base from the street corners to the mixtapes, then, go up.

Did you leave Beat Club or get dropped?
Well, the album didn’t do good and I was on some shit like, “Okay, so what’s the next move?” When I started my album, I listened to everything he [Timbaland] said, like, “Whatever you say, it works, because you’re Timbaland.” So I kind of closed my mouth about a lot of stuff, so when it didn’t go as good as planned, I was like, “Okay, let’s try it this way.” I don’t know what type of shit he was on, but he had me waiting and I was ready, like, “Let’s do this!” We just weren’t seeing eye to eye and I asked to be released. He was like, “Alright.”

Is there any bad blood between you two?
Na, there’s no bad blood. I talked to him like two weeks ago.

How has growing up in Philly influenced your style?
I got that ol’ MC Lyte, “I’m better than you,” style. That’s what I fell in love with. Some people do metaphors and all that, but [my style] is like, “Who want what?” That’s just the Philly attitude. We don’t trust people, so when you spit, you have to come with it or you’re getting played. It’s that attitude that makes me the rapper I am. Nobody can fuck with me.

You’re one of the few lyrical female MCs out today. Do you think there’s a market for a female rapper who relies on skills over sex appeal?
[Yeah], especially right now because we’re dinosaurs. We done heard the bubblegum yum yum [rap], so now it’s time for somebody to step up and be like, “I can rap with the guys too.” [Because] I can spit!

jade-2.jpgWhat have you been up to since your album?
Well, I never stopped recording. But now I think I’ve found myself as a person and as an artist. After the album, I was like, “Fuck that, they think I’m bubblegum.” So I was on some extra, trying to be hard shit. But I can’t do that because it’s not believable. I was just going through something in my head, like, “Oh no, I gotta prove myself and I gotta be extra hard.” But then everybody was like, “Where’s the Ms. Jade we knew?” So I had to reevaluate the situation and just speak from my heart and do me. That’s where I’m at now.

Have you ever felt like giving up?
No. You go through those days where you’re like, “Shit, this is killing me!” But there’s nothing else that I want to do. I’ve never been one of those people to just give up. There’s a reason why I do it, so I have to take that opportunity and run with it.

Remy Ma, Jacki-O and Shawnna formed an all female group called Threesome. They were in the process of recording an album, but Shawnna recently dropped out. There have been rumors that you might replace her. Is there any truth to that?

Na, that’s the first time I’ve heard that.

Would a group composed entirely of female MCs ever work?
I think anything is possible, but you have to be in that right mind frame. The thing about female rappers is, there aren’t that many of us, so everybody wants that top spot. If you can set aside your ego and be like, “We’re all gonna do it,” [it can work]. But that’s not in a female’s nature. Especially in a hip-hop group because everybody thinks they’re the best.

What’s next for you?

I have a new mixtape with DJ Drama and Don Cannon. But it’s so crazy because I didn’t know what to do after that shit happened to them. I was gonna put it on the Internet [because] I got a big box of them sitting here. I’ll probably just give them out. So if [people] come to my [Myspace] and ask for it, or tell me where to send it, I’ll do that. But I’m not trying to post it up and get booked. [Laughs]

  • Dipset

    1st

  • FLIP

    Storch was right.

  • AP

    jade is the illest Ever…

  • Knowledge Speaks

    Jade is the most underated female emcees out there. She need to make a group with Jean Grae and MC Lyte.

  • INTERSCOPE JACKSON

    Sexy thang mis jade looks like she sucks a mean D

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  • http://none V-MAN Chester Pa 19013

    Yeah Pimpin I bet she sucks a mean one to lol I got her album & I fucked wit it, she’s one of the few female rappers if not the only one where she goes so hard you forget she’s a chick. I’d buy another Ms Jade Album

  • RotterdamSoldier

    “Damn, Scott, you and me was alright! You told me I was the best girl you ever heard and this and that.”

    Bet you Scotty told Brooke Hogan the same(bull) shit…

  • dreadklove

    YO! JADE AAAAIIIIRRRREEED THAT BOI OOOUUUT…snort snort…lol…dope fiend muhfka……

  • http://www.myspace.com/keyzentertainment Keyz

    she is not the best female rapper at all, http://www.myspace.com/keyzentertainment

  • http://www.myspace.com/arkaplan - OZ – www.myspace.com/arkaplan

    TIMBALAND SENDS HIS DOGS N HOES TO ATTACK SCOTT…

    WHUT’S GOIN GOIN ON??

    WHO’S DAT HOE…”SHE CANT TALK BOUT THA BOSS!!”

    HER ALBUM WAS WACK…

    SCOTT KEEP MAKIN HITS…MANY RAPPERS FIRST VIDEOS AND FIRST HITS IS A SCOOT STORCH BEAT…

    SO SHUT THA FUCK UP TIMBO..

    KEEP DOING UR THANG..

    STEAL SONGS MUTHA FUCKA…AND SAY ” I DID THIS BEAT”

    ALL U HATERS LOOK @ THIS LIST..BUT SOORY I WONT WRITE ALL OF THEM :s

    STILL DRE
    CANDY SHOP
    JUST A LIL BIT
    IS IT ME??
    BREAK YA NECK
    CHOP CHOP
    MAKE IT RAIN
    CLAP BACK
    NAUGHTY GIRL
    tha GAME’S THA DOCUMENTRY ALBUM N MORE….

    F*CK EVERYTHAN SCOOT DONT PLAY ALL THA VIDEOS OF HIS ARTIST…HE’S NOT A MONKEY..

  • D.Ware

    Ms. Jade just needs to mind her on business. Stop trying to steal some of the spotlight from the heavy hitters. Sounds like she is just trying to generate some hype around her because she gots some projects coming out. I mean hell sounds like Scott Storch hit the nail on the head…her album flopped!!

  • John Cochran

    Jade is one of the dopest female MCs out. I just think she needed time to sit back and find her own sound. Like she said, she was on that pop shit too hard fucking with tim. If you notice, Tim is not that good with rappers ( besides HOV). I heard his album and its crazy, but there’s really no rappers on it, besides his corny ass brother seabass , or whatever his name is. He should just stick to the pop shit. Her next jiont should be better, not that I’d buy it either way though.

  • Holla

    Jade is dope, but if your a female MC and your not talking about sex, it doesnt matter. When was the last time a female lyricist sold records?

  • Q

    THE TRUTH SEES THE LIGHT SHE THE PART WERE SHE SAYS “?” When I started my album, I listened to everything he [Timbaland] said, like, “Whatever you say, it works, because you’re Timbaland.” So I kind of closed my mouth about a lot of stuff, so when it didn’t go as good as planned, I was like, “Okay, let’s try it this way.” I don’t know what type of shit he was on, but he had me waiting and I was ready, like, “Let’s do this!” We just weren’t seeing eye to eye and I asked to be released. He was like, “Alright.”….
    THIS IS PROOF THIS GUY IS A PHONY….THERE IS AN ARTICLE WHERE JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WAS SAYING HE TIM WOULD PLAY SOMETHING AND I WOULD SAY YEAH I LIKE THAT , TIM WOULD PLAY SOMMETHING ELSE AND JUSTIN WOULD SAY YEAH I LIKE THAT….SO WHO THE F$@% PRODUCED THE ALBUM. THAT WOULD BE JUSTIN! THEN TIMBALAND WOULD SAY THE MOST TROUBLE HE GETS FROM AN ARTIST IS MISSY I WOULD PLAY HER 200 TRACKS AND SHE WOULD PICK 2 WILL DUH MISSY HAS EARS FOR MUSIC YOU DONT TIM…1 MORE PERSON JAY Z HE WOULD PLAY TRACKS FOR JAY AND JAY Z WILL SAY YEAH THATS IT GO IN THE BOOTH AND LAY IT DOWN, AND LETS NOT FORGET THAT IS JAY Z HAS EARS… JAY IS PROVING THAT WITH SIGNING JEEZY, NEY-YO ..BESIDE THE POINT THIS NIGGA TIM IS A PHONY.. REAL RECOGNIZE REAL AND THIS NIGGA IS NOT REAL AT ALL. PLUS HIS MANAGER THAT PUT HIM IN THE GAME AND GAVE HIM THE GUIDANCE AND MADE HIM BELIEVE IN HIS STUTTER STEP BEAT IS MUSIC PRODUCER CALLED ROBERT REIVES…WHICH I FOUND OUT WHEN I WAS GOOGLE SOME STUFF ON HIP HOP AND R&B…. WE ARE SICK AND PHONY PEOPLE I MEAN COME ON HE ROBBED A GUY IN THE SWISS FOR A BEAT THAT HE USED FOR NELLY FURTADO WHICH AGAIN SHE HAS EARS AS WELL HE SHOULD OF SHOWED SOME LOVE TO HIM AND SCOTTY ON THAT CRY ME A RIVER….BUY YEAH MS. JADE YOU NEED A PRODUCER I WILL PLUG YOU IN WITH SOMEONE THAT WILL GET THE JOB DONE!!!!

  • OLA

    storch was rite LOL jade suxx, and timbo is one of the greatest producers but hes just now getting his shine cuz he works w/ pop acts that always make more money than rappers like justin timberlake and nelly furtado. yall cant be shitting on storch cuz he makes HOT beats plus he ghost produced tracks 4 DR. DRE. timbo more or less sold out 4 “pop” money but i dont blame him. at the end of the day timbo n storch are rich as fuck, why beef its lame

  • Andy Warhol

    Okay… at first, you had a buzz and I supported you because you’re from Philly, but you sold jack shit! And your album had like one good cut on it. And nobody… I MEAN NO BODY OUT HERE IN ILLADEL EVEN BRINGS YOUR NAME UP. STAY IN NICETOWN DOING JACK SHIT! I HAD SO MUCH LUH FOR YOU BECAUSE OF THE PHILLY CONNECT AND YOU HAD SOME FIRE, BUT TO ATTACK A PRODCUER TO TRY AND GET YOUR NAME BUZZING AGAIN… AIN’T WORKING… TRY BLOWING THE FUCK UP OUT OF PHILLY FIRST. DROP SOMETHING!!

  • mannyworld33

    MS. JADE IS HOT! STOP WITH ALL THA’ HATE!

    PHILLY STAND UP!

  • Peanut

    Ms.Jade is the hardest female rapper but no one knows it because Timbaland had her coming out wit shitty singles like “Big Head”. Imma make sure i get her mixtape. She harder than most niggas on da mic.

  • http://www.myspace.com./brickyardpro Brickyard Pro

    SHE ‘S WORTH ALOT OF MONEY

  • maine issue

    This bitch is fuckin wack.So what she got dissed by a producer who cares.I get tired of all these rappers who were never hot to begin with get lucky cuz they no some one,get a deal have a star studded line up of features and producers flop and blame the lable or everyone else before themself. Check your self first listen to your shit and go back to the drawing board.

  • http://yahoo.com j$money$

    i fuck the shit out of her. she got some nice lips, if u know what i mean

  • MEXICO

    Who?

  • CARMELLA

    Ms. Jade is probably among the TOP 3 BEST FEMALE RAPERS today. She is UNDERRATED, and haters hate her, because she’s HARD AS FUCK and can SPIT LIKE A FUCKING MAN. Haters, get over yourselves.

  • http://myspace.com/adewhat Ade

    foshobaby Jade is Foshobaby

  • http://www.yahoo.com Kool G

    naw her album was aight it had MORE den 1 track to bump to but i guess its like she said just not enough promo

  • http://MySpace.com/Sir1on Sir1on

    JADE BEEEN HOT

  • B-Man

    Scott was right and wrong because if you have a label and you only have two people signed and one of them is Bubba Sparxxx your going to say that label is wack but I know his wasn’t talking about Ms. Jade he was just getin at Tim and not think about Ms. Jade when he said that.

  • J.T.s.

    I got nothing but love for you Ms. Jade, i dig ya music like i dig ya looks!

  • TheseNuts

    MS. JADE IS DA SICKEST BITCH TO EVER TOUCH A FUCKIN MIC!!!!! are u fucking serious,I got the mixtape and album and NO BITCH! i mean NO BITCH will ever fuck wit her lyrically,i dont givafuk if da bitch only sells 1 fucking CD in her life!