- 10:55 AM, Jul 19
Born on May 27, 1975, Jadakiss was raised in Yonkers, New York in a household where he was well-fed and taken care of. As a result, his friends often made fun of him by calling him Big Mack, as a reference to his favorite hamburger. He was interested in rap at a very early age when his parents asked him to earn his own money and so he stepped into drug-dealing business on the Big Apple street, where he met people doing freestyle for money.
When he was just twelve, Jadakiss joined a freestyle competition and was noticed for his rapping ability by management company Ruff Ryders. He then formed a rap group with two friends Sheek Louch and Styles P. under the name of The Warlock. Signed to Bad Boy Entertainment, he was suggested to change his group's name to The LOX, which stands for Living Off X-perience. He gained his first project as a featured guest with his band, later known as D-Block, in Main Source's single "Set It Off" from 1994 "Fuck What You Think" LP.
After releasing an album called "Money, Power & Respect" with D-Block, Jadakiss recorded new materials for his solo debut album. He dropped "Kiss tha Game Goodbye" in August 2001. Working with Snoop Dogg and Swizz Beatz, he was criticized as throwing a repetitive and uninspired LP. He responded to the critics, citing that the record was indeed done less out of inspiration and more out of contract obligations to Bad Boy. Despite the harsh critics, he was certified gold by RIAA for the LP in September 2001 due to its impressive selling point.
Longing to prove that he indeed had a talent, Jadakiss hit studio once again for second studio album. This time collaborating with Anthony Hamilton, Mariah Carey, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West and Eminem among others, he released the sophomore set in June 2004 under the title of "Kiss of Death". Finally his hard work was paid off when the album claimed the number one spot on both Billboard Hot 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums.
Aside from getting heavy airplay over songs from his second LP, Jadakiss was also confronted with controversy. One of his singles titled "Why" featured lyrics that were believed to imply a link between George W. Bush and September 11, 2001 attacks. The song got banned on some radios and played with the lyrics