Jadakiss1

Jadakiss Speaks On New Mixtape, 'Top 5, Dead or Alive' Album & Sheek's 'Gorilla' Controversy

The champ is still here.

Although Jadakiss hasn't made much noise since dropping his DJ Green Lantern and DJ Drama-helmed mixtape, The Champ is Here 3, earlier this year, it's not because the Yonkers MC hasn't been keeping busy. While fellow LOX members Styles P and Sheek Louch have put out a number of solo projects over the course of the year, Al Qaeda Jada has been patiently waiting for the right track to explode on. "I've been holed up working," he told VIBE.com on Monday. "Trying to make 2011 a big year for Jadakiss fans."

They won't have to wait until the ball drops to hear new music from 'Kiss, though. Recently, Jada took to his Twitter account to announce that he's got a new mixtape, I Love U, on the way soon. He's also started recording tracks for his next album, Top 5, Dead or Alive. VIBE caught up with the Yonkers native to see exactly what he's got in store for us—turns out that it's almost time to kiss his silence goodbye. —Chris Yuscavage

VIBE.com: Earlier this month, we heard you had a new mixtape called Still Batting A Thousand coming out soon. Then last week, you sent out a tweet that said it's called I Love U now. Why did you decide to change it?

Jadakiss: Yeah, man, I've been working on the mixtape for awhile now, actually since the start of the baseball playoffs [back in October]. Originally, it was going to be called Still Batting A Thousand. One of the guys that works with me at D-Block was like, 'You've been doing this and been nice for so long that you should do a mixtape called Still Batting A Thousand.' I liked that alot. I was going to put the new Yankee Stadium on the cover with me in a Yankee uniform and do it like that. 

And then the baseball season ended before you got a chance to put it out?

Right. The World Series ended a couple weeks ago, so I just decided to switch up the name to I Love U. It's basically a mixtape for the fans, for the people who support D-Block and support Jadakiss as a brand. It's got some stuff you heard already, plus a couple of new songs, just to hold the fans over while I'm making my Top 5, Dead Or Alive album. It'll be out before the new year—sometime in December.

A lot of people were really into your The Champ Is Here 3 mixtape earlier this year. Will this new mixtape be similar to that? Like, are you enlisting DJ Drama to host it and...

Nah, nah, nah, I'm basically just doing it by myself. I might get a DJ to come along and host it, but it's different from The Champ Is Here series of mixtapes. There's still going to be good music on there, but putting one of those mixtapes together is almost like putting together an album. I'm not going to put as much effort into [I Love U] because I'm working on my new album as well. I'm not gonna gyp the people, but I'm not going to overwork my brain, either.

Okay, so it sounds like you're going to be spending most of your time and effort on your next album, Top 5, Dead or Alive. How much of it do you have finished so far?

I only got two songs finished so far, so I'm definitely about to start going hard with that.

Who are you interested in working with on the album?

 

From the Web

More on Vibe

Team Epiphany

Don C. Completes Remy Martin Capsule With Duffel Bag At NBA All-Star Weekend

After releasing the first several pieces starting in October, Don C and Remy Martin concluded their "Just Remy" capsule collection at NBA All-Star Weekend.

The release party in Charlotte, North Carolina had guests such as Roc Nation's Lenny S., DJ Yasmina, Vintage Frames Founder/CEO Corey Shapiro, and others enjoying Remy Martin cocktails while taking a look at the entire collection.

“Just Rémy” is a capsule collection designed by Don C. that is slated to showcase both himself, basketball culture and the liquor brand's "unparalleled prowess and superior craftsmanship in the world of lifestyle," according to a press release.

The final piece of the collection is a black lambskin leather duffel bag with gold hardware, red python piping, and a gold embroidered “Just Rémy” logo. The final piece mirrors the previous pieces of the collection: a snakeskin designed-embroidered 1738 sneaker box with a bottle of Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal and Just Don shoelaces inside, followed by a snapback hat released in Los Angeles, a jersey release at Art Basel in Miami, and a Dopp Kit release in New York City at the end of January.

The “Just Rémy” Duffel is available for purchase for $750 in limited supply on JustDon.com, along with the other pieces in the collection, including the Dopp Kit and Cap ($350) and jersey ($750).

 

Continue Reading

Sanaa Lathan Stars In Chilling Trailer For Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot

Sanaa Lathan stars in the chilling new trailer for Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone. Set behind a blood-curling instrumental, the mysterious teaser appears to center around the concept of time and numeric synchronicities.

The creepy clip also features Adam Scott, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani, Tracy Morgan and Peele, who will host and produce the latest revival of the classic horror series through his Monkeypaw Productions imprint.

The Twilight Zone, created by Rod Sterling, debuted in 1959 and aired for five seasons. The show was rebooted in 1985, and again in 2002.

“I was terrified,” Peele told Variety last year of taking on the remake. “Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip Twilight Zone off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call.”

It's a good thing that Peele faced his fears, because The Twilight Zone and his forthcoming horror flick, US, prove that he knows how to scare up anticipation.

The Twilight Zone debuts April 1 on CBS All Access. Check the video above for the trailer.

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Amy Winehouse Hologram Tour Postponed Over “Unique Challenges”

Amy Winehouse's hologram tour is officially postponed, BASE Hologram, the company behind the digital production, announced via Twitter Tuesday (Feb. 19).

“In developing the type of highly ambitious, state of the art hologram/augmented reality theatrical event that would truly capture her genius and incredible artistic and social contributions, we encountered some unique challenges and sensitivities,” the company revealed.

The tour, originally scheduled to launch sometime this year, is delayed until BASE can “determine the best path to a creatively spectacular production that would properly honor Amy’s legacy.”

Mitch Winehouse, the “Back to Black” singer's father, announced the tour last fall, which was expected to feature a live band backing a digital projection of Winehouse.

Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in 2011, following a very public battle with addiction that ultimately cut her life short. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an organization that works to prevent “the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.”

Read BASE Hologram’s full statement on the tour delay below.

pic.twitter.com/9RtqQVeDzU

— BASE Hologram (@BASEHologram) February 20, 2019

Continue Reading

Top Stories