Jadakiss is back with a new batch of tough-talking rhymes on his Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam debut, “The Last Kiss,” due March 10. The rapper recently previewed 14 songs intended for the set for Billboard.com but says he will continue to record until the last minute.
Tracks completed so far feature production from Mr. Porter, Pharrell Williams, Red Spider and Black Keys contributing. Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Barrington Levy, Jazmine Sullivan, Ne-Yo and Sheek Louch stop by for cameos.
In keeping with the content on 2001’s “Kiss the Game Goodbye” and 2004’s “Kiss of Death,” Jadakiss doesn’t shy away from violent lyrics on tracks like “Pain & Torture” and “Death Wish” featuring Lil Wayne, on which he raps about how adversaries can ask for their own grisly ends.
“Something Else” featuring labelmate Young Jeezy is a mass of tickled keys, horns and 808’s, while the Pharrell-featuring “Two-Step” is clearly the female-aimed radio record, with breezy violins and the Neptunes’ familiar thick electronic bass.
Previously signed to Interscope, Jadakiss joined Roc-A-Fella last year. His last album, 2004’s “Kiss of Death,” has sold 934,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here is the provisional track list for “The Last Kiss”:
“Pain & Torture”
“Something Else” ft. Young Jeezy
“Things I’ve Been Through”
“Can’t Stop Me”
“Money and Jewelry”
“Smoking Gun” ft. Jazmine Sullivan
“Times Up” ft. Barrington Levy
“I Tried” ft. Avery Storm
“Searching” ft. Sheek Louch
“Two-Step” ft. Pharrell Williams
“Come and Get Me” ft. Sheek Louch & S.I.
“By My Side” ft. Ne-Yo
“Death Wish” ft. Lil Wayne
“Letter To B.I.G.” ft. Faith Evans