Top 5 Dead Or Alive
Label: Ruff Ryders / IDJ
On his first album in six years, Jadakiss claims he’s out of step with rap fads. “I ain’t with the coward ish/First the skinny jeans, now they wearin’ blouses,” he rhymes on “First 48.” As if to prove his point, he exudes an early ‘00s throwback vibe on tracks with Puff Daddy (“You Don’t Eat”) and Just Blaze and Styles P (“Synergy”). But he also works with trendy artists like Future, goes trap on “Cutlass” and “Realest in the Game,” and attempts a few ill-advised pop-raps like “So High.” The result is a typical Jadakiss patchwork job, with “Jason” and “Ain’t Nothin’ New” among the peaks.