30 May 2011

Review: Jadakiss, "I Love You (mixtape)"

Jadakiss can rap. I'll go so far to say that you're an idiot if you disagree. It doesn't matter who your favorite rapper is, if you like American hip-hop and rap, then you HAVE to respect Jadakiss' skills. Yes, I said that: you HAVE to respect his skills. Now, you may not put him on a top ten listing but he is held in very high regard by many of the industry's leading producers, artists, magazine editors and head honchos. With that said, he's done it again, and in the form of a solid thank you to his loyal fans by way of a mixtape, "I Love You."

It's a slower mix from J to the muah, but he delivers proudly on many tracks like "Hold You Down," the lead single and "Inkredible Remix" with Rick Ross. Personally I think it all works together, although there is just a tad bit more sedation in the hooks than I would like, as seen on "In The Streets." I'm not surprised, though, especially considering the title of the mixtape.

That being said, he does his usual thing, giving a few singles to the females, and inspiring the streets and young ones, as heard on "Lil Bruh," which is my favorite track on the entire album. It's a great listen, with a simple instrumental under expected Jadakiss vocals. The horns are an excellent touch as well. Is that Pharrell I heard in the hook?

I tend to skip over "How I Feel" since I am not the simping type when it comes to rappers. I like my rappers to have heart, but I don't want to hear love songs on rap albums and/or mixtapes. At least, I don't want to hear love songs that sound like love songs. Ja Rule and 50 Cent killed it for me. There is a teack that I mess with, however, "Gone Too Long." It tells the story of a locked up Jada who is apologetic to his woman at home for the constant lies and half truths that he has fed her over the years about his street life. It's a spin that's been done before, but the vocalist is blessed and very fitting as an accompaniment to Jada's pleas. His ad-libbing is a bit much, though. Despite that, this is probably my second or third favorite track.

For what it's worth, this is a favorable filler until we get another full length album from Jadakiss, as long as he has kept his slow tempo tracks on this effort. For true fans, it is definitely worth a cop. For casual fans, you may want to stick to the lead single "Hold You Down" and "Lil Bruh." 

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