From Yonkers, New York, Jason Phillips elevated his interest in the hip-hop genre through freestyle rapping at the street corners of the city after observing how it was done by those he watched. It would be during this time period he would meet fellow rap artists, Sheek Louch, and Styles P. From 1994 until 2001, the trio performed, recorded, and toured as The Lox. Then, as of 2001, Jadakiss ventured on his own as a solo artist. As a soloist, he has released a total of six studio albums, as well as six mixtapes, twelve singles, and eleven music videos.
March 6, 2020, marks the release date of (Ignatius), which is Jadakiss’s sixth studio album. Originally, the album was supposed to come a week sooner but delayed it out of respect for the twenty-year-old rapper, Bashar “Pop Smoke” Jackson, who had just been murdered by masked gunmen in a home he was renting in Hollywood Hills on February 19th. The album itself was named after Ignatius Jackson, who is otherwise known as Icepick Jay. He was a record producer for Ruff Ryders Entertainment A&R, the label who Jadakiss had been with at the start of his career in 2001. The entire album, name, cover, and music are dedicated to his former colleague, but also has a connection to Pop Smoke due to the homage is paid to men who had their lives cut short for reasons that defy logic.
5. Friday on Elm Street (featuring Fabolous)
Together, Fabolous and Jadakiss recorded twelve tracks for what is Jadakiss’s fifth studio album to his credit. After 35,000 copies of it sold, (Friday on Elm Street) debuted on the US Billboard 200 Albums chart at number ten. The entire album was designed to pay homage to the king characters of the horror movie genre, Jason from Friday the 13th movie series and Freddy Kruger from the Nightmare on Elms Street movie series. Originally, the rap artists wanted to title the album Freddy vs Jason but met with legal issues that prevented them from doing so. The album was released on November 24, 2017, but there were a few songs that were released earlier in the year. (Rapture) was the first, which was released in January as a promotional single. The lead single (Stand Up), which featured the inclusion of Future’s rap talent, was released on October 31, with every intention of it suiting the Halloween occasion.
4. Top 5 Dead or Alive
Jadakiss’s fifth studio album, (Top 5 Dead or Alive), was released on November 20, 20215. It sold 60,000 copies in the first week of its release date, which placed the album at number four at its debut on the US Billboard 200. It was ranked number one on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. None of the singles released from the album realized any chart success but did receive relatively favorable reviews from the music critics.
3. The Last Kiss
(The Last Kiss) was released on August 7, 2009, as Jadakiss’s third studio album. It wasn’t the original album title Jadakiss wanted to use, but for commercial reasons, it had to be changed to something retail outlets would agree to sell on the shelves. On the US Billboard 200, The Last Kiss debuted at number three, selling 134,520 copies within the first week of its release. It was number one on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. There were four charted singles that came with the album, starting with (By My Side) that featured Jadakiss and Ne-Yo performing together. It charted at number fifty-three on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. (Can’t Stop Me) with Ayanna Irish was the second hit, which charted at number seventy-six. (Letter to B.I.G.) with Faith Evans was a dedication song to the late rapper, Notorious B.I.G. that charted at number twenty-five on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The final hit single, (Who’s Real) had the combined performances of Jadakiss, Swizz Beatz, and OJ da Juiceman. It charted at number thirty-nine on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
2. Kiss tha Game Goodbye
On August 7, 2001, Jadakiss released his first studio album, (Kiss tha Game Goodbye) and it debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 and at number two on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. It has also since become certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Out of the 500,000 sales the album made to reach that plateau, over 204,000 copies were already sold within the first week of its release. The first of the three charted singles were (We Gonna Make It), which was performed with his former Lox band-mate, Styles P. It charted at number fifty-three on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The second single was (Knock Yourself Out), which peaked at number thirty-four on the same chart. (Put Ya Hands Up) was the third single from the album to chart, which appeared at number eighty.
1. Kiss of Death
Released on June 22, 2004, (Kiss of Death) was the second studio album recorded and produced by Jadakiss. It was his most successful album of the six he released as it debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts as it sold over 246,000 copies within the US during the first week. It also sold over 500,000 copies in the US, which made it the second time the rap artist would earn a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. The album featured a number of artists that recorded with him, but it was the singles, (Time’s Up!) with Nate Dogg, (Why) with Anthony Hamilton, and (U Make Me Wanna) with Mariah Carey that appeared on the music charts. Time’s Up! charted as high as number nineteen on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at number seventy on the US Billboard Hot 100. Why peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at number eleven on the US Billboard Hot 100. U Make Me Wanna charted on the US Billboard at number twenty-one.