Jadakiss Is Golden…

Damn near to the day two years ago I told you that 300K is the new platinum. Did y’all niggas forget that shit already? Or did y’all not read the drop and just skim the comments?

If Jadakiss eclipses 100K sales then he should be considered (and certified) as gold plaque status. What does that say for Lil’ Wang and Kanghey West that they have sold several million recordds in this post-late 2000′s entertainment consuming climate? They are the true megastars. They are the stadium status performers.

Don’t discount Jadakiss though for doing his thing. Or Def Jam for doing theirs. Def Jam paired Jada up with NeYo, Ryan Leslie, Keri Hilson or was it Chrisette Michelle, whoever. Def Jam made sure that Jadakiss had records that could be supported on the radio formats. This was a big leap for Jadakiss who was never played on the radio here in New York. And he is supposed to be bringing New York rap back.

At least they didn’t make Jadakiss into a slow spitting Soulja Boy type rapper. When I was in Atlanta and I listened to that Soulja Boy song about kissing the telephone get reeeederkulous spins I laughed because I knew rap music was being strangled to death in the south. It’s not like rap is doing much better here in New York City either but at least I can say we have SlaughterHouse here although they don’t get any play on the radio whatsoever.

Real rap fans have already adjusted to shit like record sales and radio play whereas the people that don’t know shit still look at those two facets for judging what good music is. I feel sorry for the fans that judge the acceptance of other people as the barometer for what music they will consume. That is sheep mentality. I’m going to have to start calling those folks sheople instead of people. I’m happy for Jadakiss that he is receiving some small amount of commercial success.

Jadakiss and the Lox have too many classic rap records in their catalog for them to ever go broke but I still want dude to be able to put a few extra diamonds in his new watch.

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  • Pierzy

    I’m happy that one of my all-time favorite artists is finally reaching (some) commercial success, but to what end? This album feels like an R & B album featuring Jada.

    I keep saying it – dude’s new name is Kissanova.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    There is something special about that 6th figure, nahmean?! Jim Jones doing 48k is weak and gay, but if Jada does 100k, I’ll consider that a success. I wonder what that means in terms of earnings for dude, though. Will he still be getting paid, or will he get stiffed the Tribe way? I would like to think that dudes that turn in these weak album sales at least saved their advances and promo money to survive on…who knows?

    –OG Matt Herbz–

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

      In a perfect (hip hop) world, any artist with even a limited capactiy of skill should be able to sell 100,000 records. Jada is far beyond that of the run of the mill rap dude, so I don’t think it’s impossible for him to achieve that.

      Now, as for Def Jam’s kudos, idk, I didn’t see ANY promotional shit here in L.A. Their “production” of the album seems contrived to guarantee that they make their money, more so than to promote their artist. Either way, it seems to be working, even if only on a nominal level compared to his other releases.

      I ain’t mad @ Kiss though, all these years & he’s not a multi-platinum artist by now, might as well try something different. Bills don’t pay themselves……

      • Pierzy

        What’s good Tony…

        I agree that sometimes you need to do whatever it takes to break the bank. “My bills through the roof/Can’t do numbers like The Roots.” Even Sheek Louch, who has tried the least to crossover even had songs like “45 Minutes From Broadway” and things like that.

        On the other hand, there is a part of me that is a little skeptical if only for when he was going at 50 and saying things like, “Bunch of love songs” and “Without Dr. Dre, you would just make slow jams.” But isn’t that what he’s doing now?

        • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

          P! What up doe?

          I feel/understand your “No Kissanova” campaign, lol, but I look @ rap for what it is nowadays. Like, with the exception of SH, it’s not a lot of lyricists still going in extra. Plus, I’m a ‘Kiss fan from MPR, so he’s proven to me that he is/was that dude.

          Maybe I’m just getting older, but I realize that these dudes can only do so much with what they’re given, feel me? I think had he gone the indie route, “we” would have a completely different album. But, he didn’t, so Def Jam expects their return; they couldn’t care less about his hardcore fans or the haters. So that’s why I say I understand. The albums okay, nothing special to me, but I wasn’t expecting anything phenomenal to begin with.

          Okay, I’m settling, I’ll admit it………..

        • Pierzy

          Actually, my man, you had one point that really hit the nail on the head:

          “…he’s proven to me that he is/was that dude.”

          Very true. He has shown that he can just go in lyrically with a sick flow and rip a dude’s head off. So, what more does he need to prove on that end? I can actually get down with you on that.

          However, he still projects himself like he’s never tried to crossover and make a song to appeal to the more casual listener and that’s just simply not true.

          And, as far as the album, “okay” is a perfect way to describe it. Some heat, some duds and a bunch of things in the middle.

          Instead of “The Last Kiss” it should’ve been called “The Soft Kiss” or “Lots of Kisses.”

          I’m just a bit disappointed because I listen to at least one D-Block song a day and now people that listen to strictly Top 40 pop music are warming up to him.

          His next video might as well be him and a Melyssa Ford-type on a bearskin rug in front of the fireplace with a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates next to him.

          Okay, that last part was unnecessary. A little too much hate…sorry Jada…

        • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$


          Yeah, ‘Kiss always hits me with that dry, sour grapes approach but “Mr Raspy” (as someone called him) is just that. I think that’s why LOX was a good group. The energy from ‘Kiss to Ghost to Louch was semi-perfect, which is why that was the order of most of their songs together.

          But, ‘Kiss is lucky you’re not a rapper; you’d be killing him right now, hahahahahaha……..

        • Pierzy

          It’s even worse for XXL’s golden boy, Asher Roth. I’ll take Jada singing like Mariah over that dude.

          His album should be called “Asleep in the Studio.” Ugh.

        • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

          “Sleepin in the Studio”


      • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

        What up Tony whats good mayne? What up P? $yk what up? Thanks for the comment about my music by the way appreciate it dawg.

        Yeah you right, I didn’t see any promotions whatsoever for Jada’s album over here in L.A. as well…I saw a shitload of online promotions on myspace and other sites though. I guess since more people seem to be on the internets lately, Def Jam decided to focus on online advertising. They were blowing up Myspace like they owned the joint

        • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

          What it do to all my COMMISSION niggas!!!!!!!!

          Hahaha! What they know about ‘net cred?! Lol…………

  • Worley

    “This was a big leap for Jadakiss who was never played on the radio here in New York”

    You must have missed “Why,” “Made You Look Remix” and “Knock Yaself Out” not to mention that whole Ruff Ryders f*ckery that went down in the late 90s.

    I’m happy for Kiss, but I ain’t feelin’ this album. I would like to know where I can send him $5 to show my gratitude for the Kiss My Ass mixtape. That is the Jada I will continue to support. “Kissanova” not so much.

    • Pierzy

      What up Worley…

      I see you’re feeling me on that “Kissanova” tip…too many R&B songs.

      Damn, I should’ve patented that nickname. Ha!!

      • $ykotic

        P! Grand$! The Commission!

        Kissanova? Bet he find out about this name! LOL

        But this formula is generating sales. Told you about the girlie effect…

        I’m in OR this week. They love Jada out here…

        • Pierzy

          What up $yk…

          Yeah, you were right about the formula.

          Maybe it’s me – when a large group of people (mostly female) like an album, I usually do not. Sometimes that’s not the case but not often.

          You in Oregon? Big brother lives in Portland and I was out there in March.

        • $ykotic

          Yeah man! NE Rip city! I go back and forth.

          A good weather week out here I’m hearing so I’ll get my “healing therapy” on!

  • Earlee30

    Kissanova????? Lmfao!!!

  • Yayza

    Also, not to mention the fact that these major label dudes have nobody to blame but themselves. Who in their right mind would be on a major label in 2009? Record sales are shit, so naturally you’re going to want to make every sale count. If you sell 20,000 albums, and you pocket most of that money, you’re going to be making the same amount as someone on a label who sells 50,000 who gets like a third of their sales. Kind of a bad example, but the point still stands. If you are an established artist, it would make more sense to go independent and pocket that money.

  • Yayza

    For some reason, my comments just don’t get posted. What the hell? Had a previous comment before the above one, dunno where the hell that is.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    You had hit that on tha head with 300K being the new platinum … I guess that would make Lil’ Wayne 5x’s Platinum status (like Nelly) …

    … on another note, DP, you need to get up (or get these people up) on Chip Fu aka Jungle Rock Jr. (yes, the same cat from the Fu-Schnickens). This cat got some serious heat! I just thought about that after reading your ‘yesterday’ drop.

    Check that Stop Playin’ Mixtape

    This dude would have Cory Gunz rewinding his shit … and the reggae tracks are smokin’.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    No 100,000 is not 500,000 big diffrence. a 400,000 diffrence. Get off Kiss nuts. He’s a great spitter but drops shitty albums and his latest comercial romp is even more shitty than his other releases.

    Hope you Kiss stans can take the truth but yr boy is local. I don’t know why label exec feel that girls will look at Jada as a Biggie. He’s a grimy rapper let him do him. I bet Jada will move more units if the lable lets him do him with the Lox and some hot producers. I bet he’ll go gold.

    • $ykotic

      The Clipse

      They all suffer the same disease in the game.

      • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

        Whadup $yk..

        Yeah, all them dudes are the best in their respective lanes, easily. They have no true comp to challenge them; maybe that’s the problem.

        With the exception of The Clipse (maybe), that era of music kinda became scarce. Like the other day on the fight music blog, I know I wasn’t the only one to notice the lack of recent/relevent artists. For whatever reason, that “beat a nigga’s ass” shit just dissolved in the muck & mire of watered down, microwave popcorn.

        I’ll still throw on “Fuck You” & wash the hell out of some dishes, lol. Or almost any MOP joint, shit’s adrenelin music. I always thought that ‘Kiss was stuck between Adrenelin & Morphine. Like, he never decided if he wanted to make you bob your head (no homo) or knock it off.

        • $ykotic

          You saw that too, huh? Nobody recent. Listening to “Warriorz” now. “Faceoff”.

          Can’t front, Puffy rubbed off on Kiss!

          Please no homophobic thoughts…

    • $ykotic

      And I kinda just stated above I’m in NW America right now and I know for a fact they have love for Jada here. It makes the local statement irrelevant.

  • latino heat

    this isn’t the 1st time he’s tried to go pop. as someone else mentioned, there was Why. then the label saw he was hot and said “oh shit lets do a video for the song with Mariah”. and that shit flopped hard. moral being, Jada fans don’t want to hear him spit that soft shit, and females don’t give a fuck about him. as BXS mentioned, Lox has a lot of classic records in there catalog. too bad there isn’t one classic album between the three of them.

    • Pierzy

      Yeah that song with Mariah was pretty terrible…

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    I said it once, I’ll say it again:

    Styles P > Jadakiss

    • oskamadison

      Nothing but the truth. At this point, I’ll even take Sheek over Jada. Dude’s way more gully and more entertaining.

  • El Tico Loco

    All 3 of them (Sheek, Styles, and Kiss) said they will drop solo albums before the next LOX album. Well Sheek and Styles dropped last year, Kiss just dropped the only thing left is their word and a new LOX album a few mixtapes would be nice being that that’s their biggest strenght.

  • oskamadison

    Think about this: Nas went gold last year with the “Untitled” joint and that’s AFTER a megaweak single(Hero),another would be single that didn’t fit in with the rest of the album so the label didn’t even bother to release it (that joint with Game and Chris Brown. In light of recent events, maybe it was a good thing that single didn’t get released), and subject matter that scared the hell out of Def Jam’s corporate daddies. Jada’s got the machine behind him somewhat so he should do some sort of numbers.

  • Stevie B

    I said before I will say it again I really like the Kiss album its hot to me and I was not even checking for it. I thought it was going to be trash I dont know why a lot of people dont like it but whatever.

  • romil

    Jada reminds me of beans in a way. They both great artist but stuck in an underground type limbo. I think that Jada would be best if he were produced by Bad Boy. Alot of people thought they was gonna blow with Ruff Ryders but hey they made a hot album, then after the RR, climate dropped their sales did. I thought the Rocafella thing was gonna work but it doesnt look like Jay put to much of a hand on his project the album gets an overall score of a 80 from me personally. Jada needs to stick with the streets and make classic records like Big, and Jay did for Radio stick to a formula that works. Thats why Pac Big Jay, and them are so successfull they know how to crossover and keep their fan base. Same for Beans, Dame dash said it best he;s a Gold rapper.

  • latino heat

    did you forget Jada came out on Bad Boy? they put out that wack ass 1st Lox album, then he went to R.R. it dosen’t matter what label he signs to Jada = subpar solo albums. you can’t even compare him to Beans. Beans has 2 solo classics, The Truth and B.Coming. Jada has 0 classics.