20 of the Best Lyrics From Fabolous and Jadakiss’ ‘Friday on Elm Street’ Album
Over the past two decades, few lyricists have enjoyed the mix of longevity, respect and fanfare like Fabolous and Jadakiss, two of the more revered rap artists of their generation. From platinum-selling studio albums to classic mixtapes, both have proved themselves to be formidable rhyme animals while constantly straddling the line between the underground and the mainstream. This is a balancing act that has been less than successful for a number of their peers and contemporaries. So when it was announced that the two New York natives would be teaming up for a collaborative project, the news drove the rap community into a frenzy. Fans began envisioning the barrage of grisly bars and punchlines that were sure to come.
However, the mixtape—initially billed as Freddy vs. Jason—would continuously be postponed since the news of the two East Coast veterans joining forces broke in February 2016. Their supporters were left to question whether the project would be shelved like previous high-profile collaborative efforts and never see the light of day. Fabolous and Jadakiss would quiet concerns throughout 2017, vowing that the tape was not only coming out, but that it would be released as a studio album with all original production. The move upped the ante and drove anticipation for the project to a fever pitch.
The intended Halloween deadline may have been missed, squandering an epic opportunity to capitalize on the holiday and turn the release into an event, but Friday on Elm Street has finally arrived with a new title. The effort has caused fans of both the Yonkers legend and Brooklyn playboy to rejoice.
XXL takes a deep dive into Friday on Elm Street and highlights 20 of the hardest bars from Fab and Jada's latest.
"We on a different FLOH, we ain’t sendin’ vodka to ’em/The shots that we giving make you send a doctor to ‘em/Bet he say ‘aah’ when it blocka-blocka to ‘em/Now he in a awkward room tryna lock a goon/Like the shooter had a hood on, mighta been Dr. Doom/Sounded like a fifth or a nine, couldn’t tell though/All a sudden, thunder, it mighta been Hoodie Melo" - Fabolous
"You can be as hard as whoever, I crack craniums/You know all my killings are brutal and spontaneous/I like this, pop out, soon as you hit the light switch/Run and then all a sudden you fall like the white chicks/Might have to crush your Adam’s apple with the vice grips/You never see me during the day, I play the night shift" Jadakiss
"Heard a lot about me, you ain't never heard that I told nothing/If I'm hungry I go hunting, I ain't doing no Go Fund-ingIn the afties at four sumthin' (lit) drink up, smoke sumthin'/Big boys, no youngins (no) run it up, no Runyon/Big rings, no Funyuns/Lamb chops with no onions/And a bad bitch that knows money/She so cold, have your nose running" - Fabolous
"I'm in homeroom with dime sacks/If you miss something, rewind that/Memories take you back to the time/Take the time to remember that you can't get the time back/Now your boy's invincible/Got me teaching niggas principles/It just make me wanna holla/You can't even get a dollar cause I can't talk sense to you " - Jadakiss
"That's all I do/Please don't make me call my crew/Life's a bitch, don't make me call my boo/They get the drop then them killers they'll fall right through/Yeah, I'm in the projects hella late/Shooting dice, playing spades and they selling plates/The love is for free but they selling hate/Either selling weight to you or you selling weight" - Jadakiss
"Flow smooth over the Marvin/Show and prove over the talking/They told me as a young G/Even when you hungry never move like you starving/Any questions, asking above/Any problems, mask and the gloves/Jason and Freddy basically ready/I'm like Masika and Alexis how I'm chasing the Fetti" - Fabolous
"That boy ’Kiss is a bastard, you gotta see him/He giving out free caskets and mausoleums/My first tour, I copped work off my per diem/Emotional motherfuckers hurt, that a EM/At least a quarter mil' for the V, the foreign/Some niggas that'll kill you for free just off a DM" - Jadakiss
"That Bentley Bentayga, straight violation/The truck so fire, it came with a dalmation/Hit the lights, cock the ladder, then slide down slow/Them niggas don't want no smoke, they better lie down low/These bars are still flaming, never died down flows/And I know some fire hoes that slide down poles/Whoa, I'm used to the sirens/I don't jump when I hear shots, I'm used to the firing" - Fabolous
"We all need a little culture/A little time away from bird ass niggas and vultures/I tell you what you need to hear and not try to insult you/I'm too old to kid you, I gotta adult you/Listen, the shit is getting outta hand/Like fumbles in football, I humbly put y'all/In y'all fucking place, that's my OCD/I give a bitch a little bit, but it's mostly D" - Fabolous
"Fuck it, he should've had the llami on him/Actin Holly, had to go Tommy on him/You do dirt, you get dirt, that's how germs spread/Squash the beef with a funeral, it's confirmed dead/See it's never 'bout the money cause I burn bread/It's the principalities like Big Worm said" - Fabolous
"Jewish lawyer on the retainer, they had to bill him/Interrogation ’fore he arrived, they tried to drill him/It's hard for you to stay on one side when you a villain/Your heart sayin' yeah, but your pride won't let you kill him/Nah, that's what happen when you love a nigga/Then he end up gettin it from another nigga" - Jadakiss
"Can we talk about the cost of living?/We can talk about guns, but we forced to get 'em/It's a new race every time you cross the ribbon/Might've skipped the beat, but we never lost the rhythm/You don't understand so you ain't able to feel it/When my momma's in pain, I ain't able to heal it/Fatigues and field boots, the outer wear/Sponsor what, vote for who, fuck outta here" - Jadakiss
"We need a one-on-one before it's goes gun on gun/People skip the front page ’til they see they son on one/And now it's too late to talk, the topic has changed/They shootin at black targets like these cops at a range/Can we talk how many died for the birth of a nation?/And how this national anthem ain't worth my ovation?" - Fabolous
"Can we talk about it, not just artists, but the players too/Y'all on the field, not the mic, but y'all can say it too/We need more Kaepernick and just what the rapper kickin/We need more than Instagram posts with smart captions/Black actors, stop actin and start action/Kerr got the credit, forgot about Mark Jackson" - Fabolous
"Yeah, God forgive us I know we don't pray as much as we should/We call in bad times, don't stay in touch when we good/'Less it's your downfall they don't pray for much in the hood/So when they say "What's up?" I don't say as much as I could/Can't tell niggas who never been up you leveling up/That's like going to hell and tellin' the Devil, "What's up?"" - Fabolous
"I don't do the rappers, I be round ball players/Too much fake jewelry and downfall prayers/Yeah, everything is irrelevant/You mistaking the elements with the elegance/Your emotion supersede your intelligence/Then they might just kill you for the hell of it/One thing about the Devil/He gon' always pop up, pitchfork with a shovel" - Jadakiss
"G-Wagen to do store runs/I ain't votin' this year, just coppin' more guns/Big funerals, everybody can all come/Mortician, hell of a job, body was awesome/Body on the ratchet, only reason to toss 'em/Probably up in the Four Seasons havin' a foursome/Lucky they get a Uber, I usually iron horse ’em/As far as the dope boys go, I endorse them" - Jadakiss
"At the table, the round or the square one/At the clearport, playin' cards ’til the Lear come/Having money talks, too large for your eardrum/Death pentalty, that's when the needle or the chair come/Best shape of my life, check the endurance/Got the guns in the attic for homeowner's insurance" - Jadakiss
"I used to dream about the mansions, now we sleeping in ’em/My worse nightmares is still the Feds sweeping in ’em/When you wake up broke, how does sleep feel right/Get up out the bed and make your dreams meet real life/You should be a Dream Chaser, tryna Meek Mill life/You make money in your sleep, that's when your sheets feel nice" - Fabolous
"Ain't been getting no rest, and if you wondering why/’Cause I been getting this money, I feel wonderful, why?/Gotta pardon them moneybags that's under my eye/Just left London, Dubai, then had to run to NY/And I'm fly ’til I die, so sometimes the flight scare me/I keep leveling up until the heights scare me/Thirty bottles in Dream, ’member that night, Mary?/Feezy stop the music and turned out the lights, scary" - Fabolous