The Last Kiss → Jadakiss (2009)
“Def Jam didn’t expect this album to do as well as it did. They expected it to do dirt. It shocked them. They had to come back and get on the bandwagon [laughs]. This is the last album that will have the Kiss title on it. When I signed with Roc-A-Fella it wasn’t like Jay was right there coaching me or doing anything big. It was the fact that the fans seeing me affiliated with him sparked interest back up for me because I had not released an album in five years. That was a challenge for me because the music scene had changed. They were doing ‘The Stinky Leg’ and ‘Party Like A Rock Star.’ It was a whole new era of peers involved in hip-hop. So for me to come out and still be able to cater to my fans that started with me in the early 90s and still reach these young kids that are my son’s age, I’m good money.
Doing a collabo like ‘Respect My Conglomerate’ with Busta Rhymes and Jeezy is something that brings spice to the game. Everybody likes the individual player, but you love to see all the great players come together. Why do you think the Miami Heat sells so many tickets? It brings an interest to the song. And working with Lil Wayne was great. I got the track for ‘Death Wish’ and it sounded scary…dark. I knew I wanted to put Weezy on something different than people were used to hearing him on. I like to come left field with my collabos, and Weezy was hot as fish grease. He nailed it.
‘Who’s Real’ got a lot of play. It felt like I knew what was going on at the time industry wise. That was the last song I recorded for the album. I needed one last song that was contemporary to what was going on. I didn’t want it to be too hard. I wanted the hook to be friendly for the kids. But I wanted the lyrics to be hard as shit. And who else is better to work with than Swizz Beatz? He made another banger for me. I was on my promo tour in the south when I leaked ‘Who’s Real.’ I let it come out from Atlanta and go all the way to New York. It was a hit in the Dirty South first, which was new for me. With this album, I showed that I had the game down to science.”