When Jadakiss returned with his third album, Kiss of Death, he expected to return the following year with his fourth album. This was the plan, but a feud with 50 Cent led to many push-backs of his fourth project. In order to finally release his album, Jada had to sign with Roc-A-Fella, which was already going through a crisis.
Finally, last year, Jadakiss was able to release his fourth album, The Last Kiss. Some assumed that the title meant that Jadakiss was preparing to retire from rap. However, it was the complete opposite. As opposed to retiring, Jada is ending one phase of his career. The title of the album meant that he was not going to have the word kiss in any more of his album titles.
The album would also be the last Jadakiss album to come years after his previous release. While he has spent a great deal of his career criticizing rappers who went commercial, he has always respected their work ethic. Because he has never been a platinum-selling rapper, there has never been pressure for Jadakiss to release an album every year. But, starting with his last album, he plans to release a new album each year.
To come the next calendar year following The Last Kiss will be his fifth studio album, Top 5 Dead or Alive. The title of the album is Jadakiss demanding to be included in the many lists that count down the top rappers in the game. A phrase that is often used is “what’s your top five dead or alive?” Jadakiss is telling the so-called rap experts that if they are counting down the top five rappers, dead or alive, that his name should definitely be mentioned.
For this album, Jadakiss will be returning to Interscope Records and the album will be released later this year.