(GEMRADIO)- Jadakiss spoke about his ghostwriting days when he was signed to Bad Boy Records in the 90s. He admits he did not enjoy his time there because he tried copying Diddy’s lifestyle, which he could not afford at the time.
Although Jadakiss is currently regarded as one of the top five rappers, both alive and dead, he was once a budding young emcee who wrote for Diddy and other artists. The rapper has established himself as one of the greatest to ever hold a microphone after years of toiling away, but he isn’t blind to his modest beginnings.
“I Hated It,” Said Jadakiss
Jada admitted that he “hated” ghostwriting for Puff and other artists back in the day when Smoke DZA interviewed him for his podcast, The Personal Party. “I really hated it,” he shared. “Puff, after giving him ‘All About the Benjamin’s,’ ‘Señorita,’ ‘Victory,’ a couple of remixes, I used to feel like it was taking away too much from me. I ain’t know how to morph. It ain’t like he a n***a that I knew my whole life that I can just scribe him how I think he should be.”
The Yonkers rapper discussed how Diddy’s financial success nearly discouraged him from penning rhymes for the head of Bad Boy Records. “I don’t feel like I could write the bars for myself and give it to him because I don’t feel like it fits him. He had too much money. I was still extra grungy. My mind couldn’t think of that much Versace or being on that type of financial level. It used to conflict with my writing for him. But he just used to tell me, ‘Give me the shit that you would say for you.’ I’m like, ‘It ain’t gon’ fit for you.’ He used to know how to make it work. Until I got older and realized how easy it was.”
Ma$e Bought Him a Rolex
Jadakiss also admitted that Ma$e was the one who bought him his first Rolex watch from Jacob, The Jeweler, in the late 1990s. Almost two decades later, Jada, Ma$e, and Cam’ron are embarking on a tour as part of the 3-Headed Monster Tour, which will soon make its way to the East Coast.