Hip-Hop legend Jadakiss shared that he will be delaying the release of his highly anticipated album Ignatius to “pay respect to Pop Smoke.”

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The album was originally set to release on February 28th. Jadakiss shares that he and Pusha T were on the same page about the removal of their song, “Hunting Season” from TIDAL, even though they never had a conversation about it. Pusha shared that the two would not be moving forward with the release of the single in the wake of Pop Smoke’s murder, as it didn’t seem appropriate being that the song’s lyrics talk about hunting fellow rappers.

In a conversation with For The Record, Jadakiss further elaborates on why he canceled the early release of his album. “Yeah, we held back to pay respect for Pop Smoke, the untimely passing and demise of Pop Smoke,” said Jadakiss. “We actually pulled that song back and we pulled the project back as well by a week. Instead of February 28, the album is gone come out March 6. The song, the video is very artsy but it’s a little crazy so, just to pay respect and shed light on that whole…you know.


“Even with Kobe and his daughter and the memorial and all that, it just didn’t seem like the right time to release the song or the visual,” the Knock Yourself Out rapper added. “Or the project, so we just pulled it back for a week. The song will be on the album…just after stuff dies down a little we’ll let the visual out.”