By their second album, Jadakiss had established himself as the standout member of the group and embarked on a solo career. He released his first solo record, Kiss Tha Game Goodbye, in August 2001, which sold 204,000 copies in its first week and peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200. It features Styles P and Sheek Louch guest appearances, along with big names like Pharrell, Snoop Dogg, and DMX. However, it was not as well received by critics, who felt that the project was repetitive and uninspired.
Jadakiss acknowledged the shortcomings of his debut album and admitted that the project was a bit rushed and put out to fulfill contractual obligations to his record label. So, he spent the next three years honing his craft and working on his follow-up record.
After the Last Kiss, Jadakiss would take some time off to work on his next project. He returned in 2015 with the project Top 5 Dead or Alive, featuring appearances from Future, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Puffy, the LOX, and many more. The album was well received by critics, who noted that the project had a more triumphant and glorious sound than his earlier work. It also did well commercially and peaked at number four on Billboard.
Kiss tha Game Goodbye is the debut studio album by American rapper Jadakiss. The album was released on August 7, 2001, by Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Interscope Records. The album debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
It's been six years since Jadakiss released a full-length solo album, 2009's The Last Kiss. However, the Yonkers MC maintained his relevance with his Freestyle Friday installments, four mixtapes, and collaborating with a new generation of rappers such as Meek Mill, Tyga, Chief Keef, and Bobby Shmurda. Now, Mr. Raspy himself has returned with his long-awaited new album, Top 5 Dead or Alive.
Jadakiss has yet again released another solid album with great lyrical content but there is room for some criticism. The song \"Man In The Mirror\" is lyrically one of the best tracks on the record. However, the hook and production are not as strong as the verses. A lively, soulful beat with a melodic hook would have complemented the lyrics perfectly.
With another project under his belt, where does Jadakiss stand in your top 5 list? Even though he's only on his 4th solo album, he stayed relevant with dozens of features, mixtapes, and his work with his Yonkers-based group The LOX. He stated in his Sway in the Morning interview:
You may ask if Jadakiss is \"Top 5 Dead or Alive\" in my book. Now, I've always loved Kiss's rhymes but he doesn't quite make the cut, simply because Nas, Eminem, AZ, 2Pac, and Jay-Z occupy my \"Top 5\" slots. It's great to see that Jada is back with a new studio album, but a few flaws stop Top 5 Dead or Alive from being the great project it could have been, which might have helped elevate his status. An upside to this album is the open discussion it's spurred about who stands in your \"Top 5 best rappers\" list and why they deserve to be there.
As one-third of the intrepid street rap trio LOX, Styles Paniro had seen hip-hop go through a number of awkward phases since the death of friend and mentor the Notorious B.I.G. Biggie Smalls and Sean \"Puffy\" Combs were the first to recognize the talents of Styles and fellow Yonkers natives Jadakiss and Sheek Luciano. After Biggie's passing, the LOX released their debut, Money, Power & Respect, in 1998, and Styles was always the MC who listeners looked forward to hearing on the track. After the LOX became fed up with Puff Daddy's glammed-out approach to the rap game, they rediscovered their gully roots and resurfaced with DMX, Swizz Beatz, and the Ruff Ryder camp in early 2000, releasing the far-more-edgy We Are the Streets later that same year. After fellow LOX member Jadakiss found solo success with his summer 2001 release Kiss tha Game Goodbye, it was only a matter of time before Styles, every bit as talented a lyricist as Jada but perhaps a little less marketable, came forth with a solo venture. The buzz for this album was spurred by two singles in particular: the soulful memoir \"My Life,\" featuring Pharoahe Monch (originally released on Rawkus' Soundbombing, Vol. 3), and the herbalist's anthem \"Good Times.\" But this album is more than just a two-track wonder, as Styles divides equal time between his bipolar persona. On the gangster side, Styles offers thuggish joints like the kettle-drum-laced \"Styles,\" the stirring \"Lick Shots\" featuring the LOX crew, and the party banger \"Soul Clap,\" which loops a snippet from the classic Native Tongues remix of \"Scenario.\" Styles shows a more humanist side on the laid-back \"Black Magic,\" featuring Angie Stone, and expends heartfelt lamentation on the death of his older brother on \"My Brother.\" The album's haphazard track sequencing detracts from its overall quality, as the songs don't transition well from one to the next. Also, despite Styles' made-man, one-foot-in-the-spirit realm approach, the MC fails to carry a couple of tracks (which may be the result of some spotty, soulless production). These minor glitches aside, Styles' debut hits hard like a double shot of Glenlivet or a haymaker to the thorax.
Each version of \"Kiss Your Ass Goodbye\" is credited as the remix, but the version featuring Styles P is the original. Also, a mixtape remix of the song includes Jadakiss and The Game, in addition to the guest artists already featured on the album version of the track, minus T.I.. 076b4e4f54