The Last Kiss
It’s something about hip hop that surfaces when a wicked baseline is teasing the inner ear of a musical connoisseur. The speakers are gyrating like the rapture is coming while people from diverse backgrounds converse and drink red bull and Bacardi. The music serves as the center of their communication piece. Photographers and artists all bob their head to a predetermined beat as Jadakiss’ new album ignites feelings of the block, high school, and life as we all dreamed with teenage eyes full of ambition. The album serves as a melodic trip down memory lane with laid back melodies touched by a gentle flow reciting trendy cut throat lyrics. “This is about real life and how we try so hard to avoid reality and its unavoidable relevance” stated Peter Guard. Chicago is the melting pop for music-we know the real stuff when we hear it” Donski stated.
Dedicated fans try hard to learn the words before the song goes off. “It’s all about the hook” Q Billah stated while in glee during a musical trance before sharing that “its Jadakiss, what else can you expect. The crowd moved side to side as Jadakiss entered and gave hugs and pounds as he navigated through the crowd. “Its real hip hop material. Its soulful and its the shit we need. Its good music. Its story telling. Its Jadakiss- self explanatory. We need more music like this” the record breaking DJ Showtime emotionally stated. It was amazing to see Jadakiss face as he felt the love for not only him but his music. Donski stated that “when I hear a record I need something to make me move!” Q Billah couldn’t help but chime in and say “Kiss is one of the dopest lyricist ever. My favorite verse is off the funk master flex beat with biggie. I heard a few joints off this album in passing, its dope. I don’t like this single though, if I wasn’t a real Kiss fan I wouldn’t have said that. Dave one of the Midwest’s leading Interscope representative stated that “this album proves he still has it and he will move a lot of units. I feel it.
This album sounds like something that just might bridge the gap between hip hop generations. Hip Hop has changed. You have those in love with the culture pre TuPac and Biggie and those after wards that love Wayne and Plies. When I asked Chicago’s premier teen DJ Navarius about the impact the album just might have he said “I see the influence of Jay Z and the Rocafella camp. Its nice but if you’re asking if it will go down as a classic I can’t say It’s a stepping stone for him. It’s a good look for his Rocafella endeavor. Yet, Meal ticket, a Chicago icon of promotion let us know that “It’s a whole new era” and world renowned spoken word artist J Ivy expressed that “right now we just need inspiration. It make you wanna think and dance. His wife and Grammy award winning songbird/song writer Tarrey Torae explained that “music has the power to make a difference. This album makes me want to sing. The coldest line was when he said “what if hurricane Katrina hit Manhattan.”
The song with Jasmine Sullivan brought the soul back to hip hop. The vibe I felt with each note and punch line made me feel like I was back in the 90s when Meth and Marry told me what ghetto love was all about with “You’re all I Need to Get By.” An atmosphere of chaotic notes searching to reach a point of harmony filled the air as a request for prayer filtered the air. Heads bowed, lights dimmed, listeners gasping- Jadakiss wanted a moment of silence for the struggles everyone in the room everyone in the room is dealing with. He is a man of compassion, knowledge, and concern. “I’m worried about what I say in my lyrics. I have to be conscience but yet I have to get my point across. This album isn’t just about the music- it’s about my personal development.” The private party hosted and organized by Briahna Gatlin and the Source Magazine was phenomenal. “Only hip hop can make total strangers feel like family” Jadakiss expressed as he left the studio with his entourage