Courtesy of Def Jam Jadakiss finally releases Ignatius, his fifth studio album, after a short delay. The New York rapper held the album back for a week, paying homage to late rapper Pop Smoke.
Ignatius is Jadakiss’ first solo effort in five years, the follow up to 2017’s Friday on Elm Street collaboration with Fabolous. The 13-track album was named after his late friend, mentor and manager, Ignatius “Ice Pick Jay” Jackson. The former Ruff Ryders executive producer passed away from colon cancer in 2017.
Jadakiss described his death as “a shock to my life.” Their bond was formed around music producing Jadakiss’ debut album, Kiss tha Game Goodbye, Kiss of Death, and 2015’s Top 5 Dead or Alive, but it was more than just business. Speaking of their relationship, Jadakiss told HipHopDX, “He would call me every morning, nothing to do with music, just life … things of that nature. He was a big part of my life.”
JIgnatius continues to prove Jadakiss is one of the most respected lyricists in hip-hop. The rapper also tapped his friends Pusha T, Ty Dolla $ign, 2 Chainz, Dej Loaf and Nino Man for assistance, while advance singles “Me” and “Kisses to the Sky” feature Rick Ross and Emanny.
“Closure,” featuring R&B singer Chayse, pays respect to his fallen family, fellow artists and and friends — Nipsey Hussle, Mobb Deep‘s Prodigy, Juice WRLD, Mac Miller, as well Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi and the others who died in the January helicopter crash.
I thank you for puttin’ up with me/Physically gone, but your spirit still stuck with me,” Jadakiss raps. “All the game that you gave me, it’s time to apply it/ By any means necessary, whatever’s required.”
Ignatius is now streaming.