Jadakiss Talks New Album, “Top 5, Dead or Alive”

Fresh off the release of The Champ Is Here 3 mixtape, Jadakiss says that he’s currently gearing up for his fourth solo album, to be titled Top Five, Dead or Alive.

According to the Yonkers MC, he’s already started working on the disc. “I got about three good ones, not even recorded,”” Jada told MTV News about the LP’s progress. ”I got probably two verses off each song. Maybe four good ones. [DJ Drama] sent me something. I’m doing real careful selection on production on this project.” [Watch below]

Interestingly enough, the album is slated to be coming out on Roc-A-Fella, which was recently re-launched by the label’s co-founder Damon Dash, with distribution by Def Jam.

“Its Def Jam, Roc-A-Fella, Ruff Ryders, D-Block, Aphilliates, Green Lantern, a couple of other white guys,” Kiss joked about whose logos will appear on the back of the CD. “You know how this game is. Everybody is in the pot. But it’s enough money for everybody.”

The Lox rapper also shared that he’s toying around with the idea of doing a mixtape tour with DJ Drama, Green Lantern and possibly Fabolous.

Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as more information on the album becomes available. —Brooklyne Gipson

  • Moving Sideways

    “Top 5, Dead or Alive”…really?

    Top 5 what? Is he really good at Goldeneye or cup stacking? Maybe he has a hidden talent we don’t know about. I think more research is in order.

    • yoprince

      lmao. true.

      can’t front, that title is dope though.

      • Enlightened

        You think so Prince? I was thinking that title is kinda weird.

        I like it as a mixtape title. But an album…. I don’t know.

        Seems like he mixed the titles up to me. The champ is here sound more like the album and Top 5 Dead or Alive sound like a mixtape

        • Jermaine

          Let me guess your top ten consist of lil wayne and birdman such and such..U prolly dont no shit about hiphop lyrically cant nobody fuck wit j-a-d-a top 5 dead or alive thats what it is sucker

        • Enlightened

          Nigga who the fuck are you corny ass nigga? Did you even read my comment?

          I said the title seem weird. Nigga if Nas said he was calling his album that I would say the same thing and he really is Top 5, Dead or alive. Jada ain’t fuckin with him.

          I didn’t say he couldn’t spit. Read more closely lame ass nigga.

    • Federal Ranga

      Hell naw!!! @ cup stacking… who does that shit? *thinks* Never mind… there’s always that ONE stupid mufucka. Jada? Top 15 D.O.A., but 5? Naw, not even close.

      E1-4 up!!! youtube.com/federalranga
      Commission!!!

      • dee

        top 15 thats doin jada bad… top 5 thats doin jada too good…. ill give him top 10 tho

  • d major

    top 5 jada???? dead or alive???? ill give u top 10 but 5 come on jada

  • Stuckfresh

    Top 5 died or alive!
    *1 and 2 Bigg and Pac! No order! They 1 and 2!
    *3 Jay-Z Nobody has done it better!
    *4 Naz Back in the he was the FLYEST!
    *5 Lil Wayne from hotboy to #1 Dont HATE MONEY

    • LEO

      wow…you really just put Lil Wayne above Eminem, Scarface, Ice Cube, & Rakim…whos after Wayne? Gucci? Kanye? 50? The Bawse? lol SMH

      • 93

        how u going to put kanye west in the same list with Gucci and 50, honestly Kanye is probly top 10 alive based off lyrics and consistantly putting out good rap albums

        • LEO

          Kanye’s nice with it…but he ain’t top 5…that was my point…neither is Wayne…

      • jtm

        lil wayne hahaha.

    • http://xxlmag jayruckNYC

      U had a good list until u said lil wayne. Yikes. lol

  • HU

    This album title, if he’s talking about rap, is obviously hyperbole. Either way, he better be prepared to have some classic joints on this shit or he’s shitting on himself.

  • SorryJada

    “the champ is here 3″ is straight crack, however– Kiss has been around the block a few times[the D-Block} sorta had to toss that in there, he is not even top 15. He’s nice with the metaphors and flow… but nothing special.

  • MR.UNDI$PUTED THE MOGUL

    As a fan of ‘Kiss, I hope this cd puts him in the spot he deserves to be in. That new Champ is here pt.3 is banging so I expect the same from the new album. I was waiting for somebody to make a big deal about the label it’ll be released on. People forget Kanye is still on Roc-A-Fella records as well. It doesn’t mean they both now work for Dame. Somehow it’ll all get worked out.

    PEACE & GET MONEY!!!
    MOGUL $$$ GAME ’10!!

  • brand-new

    if this next album is anything like his last, i’ll probably pass on it..there were way too many features and bubble gum bullshit on the last kiss. jada needs to go in similar to how styles p killed it on the green ghost project.

    • Hunt

      True. That Styles album was bangin. Real hood shit.

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  • latino heat

    Jadakiss should have titled all his albums, Weed Plate Vol. 1 – however many albums he’s gonna drop. cause all his albums have sucked balls and probably always will due to his inability to create more then 4 hot songs per album.

    • http://xxlmag jayruckNYC

      Dats what im sayin. I like Jada but none of his albums are CLASSICS. Decent not classics. A real list must include Jay. Must include Krs. Rakim. B.I.G., Pac, etc. Jada has more work to do.

  • http://jamx3k@yahoo.com Shawty J

    “I helped the game, it ain’t helped me/Top five, dead or alive, and that’s just off one LP.”
    - Jadakiss “Made You Look (Remix)”

    Yeah, that was a pretty dope quote. But to name an album after that quote seems very dishonest.

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      He said it even earlier than that on the track “Men Of Respect” with the rest of The LOX and Kasino.

      “Jadakiss in the top 5, dead or alive/Spit bees at a nigga, that’ll give him the hives”

  • jermaine

    Fuck ya talking bout on here.Everybody comments r bullshit if your hating.. Kiss a murder any rapper that’ll step foot in the ring name someone that can fuck wit jada bar 4 bar besides your dickriding whiteboy.

    • opm509

      ok jada tight but honestly he dont belong on any goat list a favorite list yeah but goat? now really as for bar for bar?dude stylez p beats him same for kurupt,cassidy,tech n9ne,,crooked i,fabolous,dude the list can go on i mean i fucs wit jada but dude aint put out one solo album ive liked so thats why i think hes more of a “favorite” rapper than a g.o.a.t listee but whatever

  • Face Phoenix

    I hope this album is more “Kiss of Death” or “Kiss tha Game Goodbye” rather than that lackluster “The Last Kiss”. “The Last Kiss” was just one huge disappointment.

  • Face Phoenix

    Oh yeah and the title “Top 5 Dead or Alive” is just that a title. If you don’t breathe it how can you live it. You have to be believe you’re the best in order for others to believe it. It’s like that old quote “Power perceived is power achieved.”. No one brags about being Middle 5 Dead or alive or Bottom 5 Dead or alive.

  • DeCe

    Top 5 dead or alive

    Biggie
    Tupac
    Jay-z
    Eminem
    Nas
    LL Cool J
    Lil Wayne
    Busta Rhymes
    Ludacris
    etc
    im starting to think theres not even room to put him in the conversation

  • q461

    def got love for Jada but he ain’t top 5… but I don’t hate…remember LL’s album GOAT? he ain’t the greatest of all time either.. What do you want him to call his album Average Spittin Nigga? lol big ups to Jada…second album is his best record so far though…real talk…

  • brand-new

    @jermaine styles p is better than jadakiss…10 years ago that would be crazy to say that…but it’s true. if you ask 9 outta 10 hip-hop heads here in N.Y. you’ll hear the same answer.

  • brand-new

    @jermaine styles p is way better than jadakiss…10 years ago that would be crazy to say that…but it’s true. ask any hip-hop head in N.Y. and you’ll hear the same answer.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    I fux with Jada hardbody…(II) if you must.

    And I possess the ‘Last Kiss’ & ‘Champ’. Not feeling them projects like ‘Kiss My Azz’.

    But son is in my top 25. A quarter looks better than a nickel or dime.

  • HippaToDaHoppa

    I mean Jada’s dope but…

    1. Biggie
    2. 2Pac
    3. Big Punisher
    4. Big L
    5. Guru

    …he’s not even top 5 dead let alone alive… or some combination.

  • Anonymous

    top ten maybe top 5 no.
    In no certain order

    Pac
    Big
    Rakim
    Cube
    Eminem

  • jtm

    yeah i like jada but definitely not top 5 dead or alive.

  • Anonymous

    An quit sayin Jay z deserves top 5 because no one has done it better.Jay is a top twenty, not even in my top ten.Nas is sixth.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=78850 jay

    jada a fuckin monster.. champ 3 is a banger.. but i agree hes prob top 10 def no top 5 still one of my fav rappers.. n the last kiss…huggeeeee dissappoitment.. to many bull shit songs on there to much singin.. now he his album lyrics like his mixtape lyrics theres ur banger. ..biggie, eminem, big l, pac and jayz all better ( well jayz in his prime anyways).. kiss is def top 10 though

  • dbox

    1:pac
    2:pun
    3:biggie
    4:nas
    5:em
    big L ,scarface , ice cube , luda , jay z , dbox , to many , never ending arguement !

  • http://www.emcdl.com EmCDL

    Ya’ll keep forgetting that Jada had to appeal to the masses with “The Last Kiss”, he on a major record label for cryin’ out loud. I can’t say I don’t like the album because I haven’t heard it yet (last album I got from him was Kiss Of Death), but its all just record label politics with that.

    And co-sign most of ya’ll, I can’t put Jada in my top 5; he is one of my favorite rappers but still not in my top. I think the title just showing off his confidence and how long he’s been in the game thus far.

  • Anonymous

    WHO DA FUCK MADE THE LIST AND WHY VTHE FUCK YOU GOT WANYE IN I9T KISS MY ASS THE CAMP IS HERE 1,2 PAC BIGGIE ANY ORDER 3 JAYZ AND I DONT EVEN FUCK WITH HIM THEN KISS THEN FUCK THE REST OF TYHEM LANES

  • DeCe

    @q61 your rit he shouldnt call himself average but if you wanna title an album that it needs to be your best album, and anything less of that will made jada a permante disappointment, atleast LL cool J’s Goat album was his best body of work, and made people start to think that he was at one point in time,

  • http://XXLMagcom Jayhard

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… You Muthafuckas have been programmed to believe this bullshit on the radio & videos masscarading as hip hop is “Real HIP HOP” Wake the FUCK up! Damn right Jadakiss is in the Top 5 Dead or alive. You suckas need to listen to the lyrical content before you label somebody HOT! Oh I forgot nowadays you don’t need lyrical skills to get a deal! Formula for a sucessful career these days= Go to jail + Get shot+ Lie about the so called thangs you movin’& last but not least HO’s(if you hit or not) Just ask Wacka Flacka whatever the Fuck, Pucci Mane & Souljah Girl!!!!!!!!!

  • gaddic

    The REAL TOP 5

    RAKIM
    KRS-1
    BIG DADDY KANE
    NAS
    BIGGIE

    JADA ISN’T NOWHERE NEAR TOP 30!
    Rappers WAY better
    AZ
    BIG L
    BIG PUN
    JAY_Z
    DMX
    RAS KASS
    PHAROAHE MONCH
    REDMAN
    LL COOL J
    SCARFACE
    SLICK RICK
    ICE CUBE
    COMMON
    THREE STACKS
    CHUCK D
    MASTA ACE
    CANNIBUS
    ROYCE DA 5’9″
    LAURYN hILL
    MC LYTE
    MOS DEF
    TALIB KWELI
    KOOL G RAP
    AND IT GOES ON AND ON………

  • oskamadison

    Woooooow…are we STILL arguin’ about top 5′s in 2010? The pinnacle of LAME. “Top 5, Dead Or Alive”? Might be accurate…if Jada’s talikn’ about HIS top 5, lol.

    • oskamadison

      …And for the record, dude ain’t even the dopest in HIS crew. I’ll put Styles up there before Jada.

  • Anonymous

    As i notice none of these dudes know about real rap and lyrics who have better bars than kiss? these guys only wants to here songs playing on the radio to say he is good dudes listen to his word play…no one can fck with kiss fa real

  • capcobra

    you got 3 solo albums and not one of ‘em is considered a classic yet huh?…that means you need to get yo’ass back in the group and deliver that l.o.x. album…not another kiss solo album…dude starting to remind me of grand puba when he was fucking up brand nubian flow by trying to get a little extra solo time…the mixtapes is hot..not the albums…so if green lantern ain’t the exec producer then don’t drop it kiss…the world got enough average rap cds already.

  • Anonymous

    GOOD RAPPER BAD BUSINESS MAN TO MANY PEOPLE EATING OFF DUDE.

  • VENOM

    EMINEM
    PAC
    BIG
    NAS
    JAY-Z
    RAKIM
    KOOL G RAP
    CANNIBUS
    METH & REDMAN
    SCARFACE
    TECH N9NE
    ICE CUBE
    OUTKAST
    MAC DRE
    ANDRE NICKATINA
    GURU
    BUSTA RYHMES
    LUDACRIS
    APATHY
    RAEKWON
    SWOLLEN MEMBERS
    ATMOSPHERE
    EVIDENCE
    EMPD
    BIG L
    PHAROAH MONCH
    RAS KASS
    TALIB

    MAN JADA AIN’T EVEN CLOSE TO BEING BETTER THEN ANY OF THESE EMCEES…

  • bullets

    You know what the biggest difference in hiphop is between now and “back then” the infamous “back then” It’s people! The music is stupid because people are..An intelligent person knows there is no top 5 or best rapper it’s totally impossible to say one person raps better than any person that ever rapped especially since we haven’t even heard everyone that raps!! Top five dead or alive is just the way he feels weather he believes that seriously or not is irrelevant his job as an mc is to back his claim. and for the record KISS IS NICE!!!!! fuk all that top five shit thats some shit jay said back in the days amd nigas stil runnin wit it “who’s the best mc’s biggie jayz and nas” then it was a frenzy!!!

  • mav

    the only reason jada sayin hes top 5 dead or alive is bcuz hes been one of the most lyrically consistent rappers of all time who has spit more hot verses than this dude he been the hottest rapper since big ny heads know that shit he always droppin some bars we talkin bout bars people that is what rappin is about right? kiss the game goodbye is better 95% 0f the albums that came out this decade we gon make it kiss is spittin and show disclipline are better thsn most niggas whole album and hes done a feature wit damn near everybody i mean jada and nas are my all time favorites nas is deeper but if you just wanna hear a nigga spittin you cant do much better than jada he just pick wack beats for his albums everyone of his neptunes collabs minus knock yourself out r probably the worst songs of his career and i think hes better than most of the rappers people say r the best lemme break it down
    jay-z-not all that sharp, lyrically admitted he dumb down his flows to sell records,and got ethered
    eminem-cmon sayin em is top ten is disrespectful this guy aint drop a hot album since 2003 thats seven years oh yeah and….encore..
    lil wayne-ghostwriters
    here is my top5
    and i leave out some old legends
    its cuz they were a lil b4 my time
    this is in no particular order
    kool g
    nas
    pac
    big….
    im drawin a blank so fuck it
    jada
    he is top 5 doa
    i dont wanna hear no styles is better than jada shit either cuz if u listen to them mixtapes p aint always that consistent jada spits crack front to back on every mixtape
    honorable mention goes to az he just aint got as much hot shit as jada

    • laska

      most underated rappers
      1-jada
      2-az
      3-styles p

  • mav

    i see not many of yall care about longevity and most of the guys yall talkin bout aint even puttin out albums this dude lasted the test of time been doin it since 95 i do think that a lox album is way better than anything jada could do himself but i always wish him an sp would do a solo album cuz them too back and forth is the hottest shit ever and dont argue dat plus dude said i was hot when he was judgin a reestyle battle so maybe im biased at least i was co-signed by a legend and how the fuck he aint on roc nation? jay let him hangin on that one lol

  • thisislinks

    top 5

    1 PAC
    2 NAS
    3 RAKIM
    4 ANDRE 3K
    5 LUPE FIASCO

    …EVERYBODY ALWAYS GIVES BIGGIE THE TOP SPOT FOR WHAT!? HE WAS NICE, BUT THATS ALL TO ME. I RESPECT HIS FLOW, BUT I NEVER LEARNED ANYTHING FROM HIM LYRICALLY.

  • flavorblade

    Top five spitters outside your radio station.
    Reakwon
    Jadakiss
    Ill Bill
    Cory Gunz
    Chamillion (black balled after riding dirty)

    For people that think Biggie is the best. Listen to his first album then listen to DMX’s first album. DMX wins. Better storytelling concepts, harder spit, harder beats, still sounds relevant. Half Biggie album talking about stuff people don’t wear or drive anymore.

  • http://www.myspace.com/darkarts83 malim83

    Top five dead or alive is a great title because that has been his Q from day one, aahh-haa!!

  • Anonymous

    I dont give a damn what anybody says, it wont ever change my mind Niether Jada or Jayz is top 5 dead or alive.
    Consistency is one of the major factors when being a great, battle, album sales, classic albums (more than one), acclaim from many peers as one of the best, millions of fans, an the ability to slay people that are supposed to be better than you when you guest on their track often. That tells me how great an mc is, an determines if your a goat.

    Pac
    Big
    Rakim
    Cube
    Eminem
    Nas
    Scarface
    Meth
    redman
    Jay-z ( and thats really a sympathy vote)

    Stats tell the tale.

    SALES AINT EVERYTHING BUT IT DOES HELP, BUT WE ARE TALKIN SKILLS HERE SO STOP WITH THE DUMB SHIT SAYIN EM AINT DROPPED A HOT ALBUM IN YEARS BECAUSE LOOK AT ALL THE HOT ASS VERSES AND SONGS THAT WERE STILL DONE.HE HAS PROVEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN HE IS AND WILL BE FOREVER ONE OF THE BEST.CALL ME A DICK RIDER BUT ITS A FACT LIKE IT OR NOT.SO I GUESS I WILL BE A EM DICK RIDER A LONG WITH ALL THE HOT MC’S WHO FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT HIM, I GUESS THEY ARE DICK RIDERS TOO.

    Haters keep hatin, Hip Hop will always be be in a fucked up mind state as long as there are always you people who believe it is a black mans music and you cant come to grips with the fact a white boy is one of the best to ever do it. get over your selves time has changed, I already see things I thought I would never see, A black man as one of the best golfers, a black hockey player, a black president a white mc who is a beast that most well respected mc’s cant even step to, and next i wouldnt be surprised if we see a black nascar driver next that is real good.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    Jada has always believed he was top five. he was saying it for years. If he thinks it..thas all that matters, plus he has yall talking. Marketing its a good idea. Challenge wise its a good idea.

  • Anonymous

    stuck fresh lil wayne shouldnt even be in the top 5 or even 10 there is way better people than that nigga

  • NefariousSun

    My list look like this:

    1 Pac
    2 Biggie
    3 Nas
    4 Jay Z
    5 Scarface
    6 Andre 3000
    7 Rakim
    8 Eminem
    9 Ice Cube
    10 Big Pun

    I do think Jada is in the building with all those guys. Them legends PERIOD

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    Y’all still here? OK, I’ma throw out some names…

    REDMAN (3 CLASSIC HIP HOP ALBUMS)

    MELLY MEL (TOP ‘THE MESSAGE’)

    SPOONIE GEE (‘LOVE RAP’ WAS THE 1ST ’300 BARS’)

    JERU (N*GGAS BLACKBALLED HIM AFTER THAT INDUSTRY SONG. SON STAYED ASSASSINATING THEM PREMO BEATS)

    BUSTA RHYMES (HIRED ASSASSIN)

    GHOSTFACE KILLA (3 CLASSIC HIP HOP ALBUMS)

    CL SMOOTH (HOW YOU 4GET SON?)

    BLACK THOUGHT (GIVE THE MAN HIS DAP)

    LL COOL J (I BET IF SOMEONE CALLED HIM OUT NOW HE WOULD RESPOND)

    ICE CUBE (‘NUFF SAID)

    CHINO XL (STOP ACTING LIKE SON AIN’T AN EMCEE THAT WILL LUNCH ON YOUR FAVE RAPPER)

    And a lot of fave songs by Jada have STYLES ON IT (‘We Gonna Make It’, ‘The People’, ‘Tommy’s Theme’, ‘Shot’s Fired’).

    Top 5 cameo assassin? Yes. (Busta/Kiss/Luda/Jean/Kanye, no order)

    Sh*t Kool Moe Dee was a beast b4 the sunglasses and Teddy Riley beats.

  • fresh

    who put wayne n they top five nigga lame cant give a good alumb to save his life or hip hop a mixtape rapper jigga kno who in the top 5 thats why he sign jada that nigga for the streets top five dead or alive dont give a fuck bout the name but jada go fuckin hard d block roc nation all fuckin day niggaz

  • kashrulz

    1. tupac
    2. biggie
    3. jay-z
    4. nas
    5. ?

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Eminem
    all the rest can fight for the spots after him.

  • megulito

    yo is anyone reading the subtext dame dash is back on the roc does this mean he and jay-z patched up cuz jay put kiss on roc after the split and is one of his managers n shit so hows all this working? anyone that knows put me on

  • http://www.twitter.com/malim83 malim83

    i can’t wait for this Lp!!!! The Last Kiss was a classic to me. He as been Nice for toooo long not to be given a chance to prove he is the best!!! Jada is not like all of these (New Beez) getting hot outta the blue and being called great. Jada has put in alot of work and has ripped alot of tracks, so he has earned the right to call the Lp, Top 5 dead or alive!!!
    ahh – haa!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/malim83 malim83

    Jada is better or more consistent than LL Cool J, Pac, DMX, ice cube, rass kass,busta red man, meth, ghost face,lil wayne, lupe’ and big l

    and is on the same level as Jay-z, luda, rakim. krs one and fab

    not better than big, EM, big pun, nas, 300 or mybe scarface

  • Isaac

    “They say jail is the reality check, fuck I dnt need one” Jada-who can touch him-def top 5 dead or alive