With a newly-released album titled Top 5 Dead Or Alive, Yonkers, New York rapper Jadakiss was asked what he thought about Billboard magazine’s Top Rappers list, during an interview with Power 105.1’s Angie Martinez.
The LOX lyricist first shared his belief that Billboard was inspired to create the list thanks to his campaign for Top 5 Dead Or Alive. He later revealed that unlike some artists, he doesn’t take top rappers lists too seriously.
Jadakiss later named Eminem and Pusha T as two artists whose top rappers lists he was somewhat surprised to be on.
“I think they made that list cause my campaign was so strong,” Jadakiss said. “So, shout out to them. I think I influenced that list. And they just wanted to get—I would have been able to sue ‘em if they would have made it five, so they a little smart over there in their legal department. They made it 10, but I never get in an uproar over them lists. Some artists do and they go on social media ranting. They feel some kind of way, but I never really—I don’t know who’s making the lists. I don’t know what their criteria is…Besides that, whoever is on that list, I’m on their list.”
Although Top 5 Dead Or Alive was released almost two weeks ago, Jada revealed that fans can possibly expect the next project from him by May 2016.
“I’ll never have one of them gaps, you know, them four, five year gaps between albums,” he said. “I’m actually going to come back in six, seven months. I’m trying to come back on my birthday, May 27, 2016, with another album. It’s all about more product, more content, more music. They created that with this whole digital takeover, so I guess I gotta cater to the people. But right now, it’s Top Five. You need this in your life.”