Courtesy of Def JamIt’s almost time for Jadakiss to release his fifth studio album, Ignatius, dedicated to his late friend and manager Ignatius “Icepick” Jay Jackson, who passed away from colon cancer in 2017. The album officially drops tomorrow, a week after the project was originally slated for release.
Wednesday, the New York rapper unveiled the album’s track list, calling it, “The Fiery One” and displaying with assists from Ty Dolla $ign, John Legend, Dej Loaf and Pusha T, plus advance singles “Me” and “Kisses to the Sky,” featuring Rick Ross and Emanny. The soulful track “Angels Getting Pedicured” celebrates the finer things in life, with 2 Chainz on the assist.
Jadakiss explained the album’s delay, saying in part it was from deciding to remove the song “Huntington Season” in order to pay respect to late Brooklyn drill rapper Pop Smoke. “The New York hip-hop community is mourning the untimely passing of one of our brightest young stars, and I felt it was best to pause for a moment to come together and reflect,” Jadakiss said.
“The IGNATIUS album means a lot to me,” he goes on. “[I]t celebrates the life of my brother Icepick Jay, another one we lost too soon. It was Jay’s dream for me to collaborate with Pusha T on a new song. The single we’d planned to release together — “Hunting Season” — is a lyrical metaphor about taking out MC’s in the rap arena, and we didn’t want anyone to confuse it with anything else.
“So out respect for Jay’s memory, for Pop Smoke’s memory, Pusha and I agreed to put this one on hold for a minute,” Jadakiss concludes.
Ignatius drops tonight at midnight on Spotify, Apple Music and TIDAL.
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