XXcLusive: Jadakiss Reacts To First Week Sales, “The Whole World Underestimated Me”
With The Last Kiss debuting on the Billboard 200 at the no. 3 slot, selling a shocking 134,520 copies in its first week, XXLMag.com caught up with Jadakiss to get his reaction to his first week stats.
Without releasing a solo disc since 2004’s Kiss he Game Goodbye, Jada told XXL he was unsure of how his new album would fare. “I ain’t know what to expect now with the way the game is,” he said. “But I know I got a core fanbase. I don’t think Def Jam expected that, so now we gotta get on the same page. I will say that’s a great number for the climate and the way the music industry is right now and that’s without a big hit at radio.”
Last week staff members at XXL weighed in with their sales projections, placing the Yonkers MC at a much lower batting average. The Roc-A-Fella rapper said everyone “underestimated him.” “The whole world did,” he expressed. “That’s why I got longevity, that’s why I got legs.
“It’s always good when you can say I told you so,” he added. “It’s always good when you get the last laugh. But I’m just happy to be embraced after all these years, cause hip-hop fans’ ears change hourly. I’ma be here for awhile.
Reports recently hit the net that Jada, Styles P and Sheek Louch were thinking of resigning with Diddy’s Bad Boy Records for their long awaited Lox album. “I mean, it was a mere conversation that’s gonna just get blown outta proportion but in a good way, cause the Lox, we back working on the album and to just create that buzz would be good,” he said. “If Diddy buy it, if Diddy pays and he got the bread for that, which he does, if Hov, whoever, Jimmy Iovine, wherever, Dre, wherever… whatever’s financially and statistically better for all of us, we’ll make it happen.”
Yet Jada wants to make clear that contractually the group is still signed to Interscope. “The contract’s still on Interscope so that’s first and foremost,” he explained. “We can’t disrespect Jimmy Iovine like that, he owns that right there.
The Last Kiss is currently in stores. – Elan Mancini with reporting by Clover Hope