Currently enjoying the heavy buzz he's getting as a guest with Mary J. Blige on DJ Clue's hit single "Back 2 Life 2001" and his own "Put Your Hands Up," the LOX's Jadakiss says he's two weeks away from finishing his solo debut, tentatively titled Kiss Tha Game Goodbye.
Trying to meet his scheduled late May release date, Jada is in L.A. recording with a host of hip-hop luminaries, including Eminem, Nas and Dr. Dre. The MC has also recorded with producers Swizz Beatz, the Alchemist and DJ Premier for the LP.
"I can't wait to get it out," said Jadakiss, 25. "I done been everywhere, and [everyone is] asking me for it little white kids, rappers, notorious murderers. The anticipation I've got is crazy. This is my six or seventh project, so I'm a little more focused.
"The music I do is for the streets," he continued. "The gunplay, the drugs, I gave 'em that on this album, but I also gave 'em some big hits that I didn't even expect to do. You could hear a lot of maturity."
Among the tracks already completed are "Cruisin" with Snoop Dogg and the Timbaland-produced "Good Girls." Timbaland previously worked with Jada on the LOX's hit "Ryde or Die Bitch" last year.
As for the status of the Yonkers, New York, trio, Jada says that his album and the planned upcoming solo LPs by rhyme cohorts Sheek and Styles do not signify the group's end.
"Nah, they with me now," he said. "They go everywhere with me, it's all love. We're doing another LOX album right now. We're just getting more money to cop more houses. We're playing the game."
Speaking of playing games, Jada claims to a victim of industry politics. He blames record executives for the reason why his cameo on R. Kelly's "Fiesta" didn't make the final cut of the singer's 2000 LP, TP-2.com. The MC was surprised when the album hit stores and vocals by newcomers Boo and Gotti had replaced his verse on the song.
"This game is full of cowards," he said. "Kelly didn't even know about [me being taken off the song]. You gotta learn how to rub shoulders."
Jada, who's already done his fair share of shoulder-rubbing appearing on songs by everyone from his Ruff Ryder family members Eve and DMX to the likes of the Notorious B.I.G., Big Pun and Mariah Carey is also considering offers to cameo on the remix of Jay-Z's "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" and an untitled Jermaine Dupri cut.