Somehow, Jadakiss is a compelling enough MC to get away with all these social transgressions and hip-hop cliches. His congested, barely-out-of-puberty voice shades his chest-thumping braggadocio with a roguish innocence. On "I'm a Gangsta," Jadakiss qualifies his thug status by admitting, "I do a lot of reading and only eat pasta/Shrimp fettuccine and penne alla vodka." And you can't help but smile when this former drug dealer calls himself the "Bobby Womack of crack." Jadakiss also likes to play the army general to his boys in the hood, and he does it convincingly, on the anthemic "We Gonna Make It," as well as on "Show Discipline," where he rhymes, "I'd rather be broke together than rich alone." His devotional fervor makes you want to join his us-against-them struggle, even if you're not sure who the "them" is.
Underscoring his status as a versatile cameo king (he's rapped with everyone from Mary J. Blige to DMX), Jadakiss recruits a variety of beat makers as the soundtrack for his stories, from Timbaland's stuttering digifunk to the classic styles of DJ Premier. On "Cruisin'," Jadakiss raps West Coast slang with Snoop Dogg; with "What You Ride For?" he dips into Southern gangsta patois with Eightball. In the hands of another rapper, these paint-by-numbers popularity plays would seem disingenuous. But Jadakiss makes them work. For now, at least, the streets are his.
(RS 877 - September 13, 2001)
(Posted: Aug 20, 2001)
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Show Discipline - (featuring Nas) (track not available in Rhapsody)
- Knock Yourself Out
- We Gone Make It - (featuring Styles)
- None Of Y'all Betta - (featuring Sheek/Styles)
- I'm A Gangsta - (featuring Parle)
Nasty Girl - (featuring Carl Thomas) (track not available in Rhapsody)
Put Ya Hands Up (track not available in Rhapsody)
- On My Way
- Cruisin - (featuring Snoop Dogg)
Kiss Is Spittin' - (featuring Nate Dogg) (track not available in Rhapsody)
******' Or What? (track not available in Rhapsody)
- It's Time I See You - (featuring DMX/Eve/Drag On/Cross/Infa-Red/Sheek/Styles)
- What You Ride For? - (featuring Yung Wun/Fiend/Eightball)