16 October 2015

REVIEW: Jadakiss - #T5DOA

This week Jadakiss dropped the mixtape #T5DOA (Top 5 Dead or Alive), as well as a music video for the single Jason. We assume Jason will appear on Jada's upcoming LP, Top 5 Dead or Alive. But this album has been "upcoming" for a few years now (it's def not Detox status, but come on man). The freestyle mixtape #T5DOA could be the appetizer for the Yonkers emcee's 4th solo studio album. It is comprised of new and newish freestyles over beats from Jay Z, Nas, ODB, and Drake songs (and others, and 2 or so original tracks). If you search for Top 5 Dead or Alive mixtape, you will see MANY unofficial tapes. But none are on his official list (which consist of 6 mixtapes, including #T5DOA). If this is truly Jada's first release with the "Top 5" reference, one can only hope the LP is not too far behind. During the NBA's All Star Weekend (February 2015), Jada said in a Sway interview that the album would drop "when the weather breaks". So summer 2015. Nope. Fall is here, so the last "weather break" would be winter (December 22nd).

As far as mixtapes go, #T5DOA follows the tried and true formula (freestyle flows over a collection of some of the hottest instrumentals). Jada showcases his emcee ability with his balance of conscious street lyrics. His word play, flow, sentence structure and arrangements are (and have always been) at the apex of the emcee chain. As far as features you can of course expect the other two thirds of the LOX, Sheek Louch and Styles P (Jada and Styles knock out another great back and forth track). But there are also features from Rick Ross, Fabolous, Nino Man, Dyce Payne and Swizz Beatz.

The LOX have always mastered the underground sound and vibe. Even though they have experienced some commercial success, they have always stayed true to their sounds and kept making music for their day one fans. You can add #T5DOA to the LOX's catalog of steady bangers. If you're a Jada fan, def scoop this up.

Peep album stream below, as well as Jason music video.

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