With the excess of trite commercial material floating around the mainstream airwaves. It isn't hard to find the average individual, searching for quality, avoiding material that by its image alone looks like it fits in with the stigma "attached." I stereotyped Ms. Jade way before hearing her material. Bubba Sparxxx and one too many Missy collaborations had me swaying away from Timbaland's releases. It's a given that I enjoy the musical backdrop Timbo provides. But, it's what he allows to ride above those beats. Thankfully, Jade managed to evoke some doubts in my Timbaland attached stereotyping.
Comparisons with some of the lesser known, more talented female emcees are pointless as Jade doesn't possess skills beyond your wildest imagination. But, as far as what we've been exposed to on a wide scale level (Foxy Brown, Lil' Kim, Trina, Angie Martinez etc.), she's supreme. Her flow is smooth, she enunciates well and, and she makes creative tracks. 'Champion' is a confident track, obviously speaking her praises. The sung hook works wonders, and Timbaland's beat. Well, I think you know what it's like. The lead single "Ching Ching" which features Nelly Furtado (reproducing a sample from her track "Baby Girl") and Timbaland is fairly unimpressive on first listen, but definitely grows considerably as further listens occur.
Jade covers a nice variety of subject matters, from cocky antics to relationships with men to the slick 'Get Away' with Nesh, discussing the problem of female on female jealousy.
None other than Jay-Z comes through for 'Count It Off,' a very energetic Timbaland track with a sped-up sample in the background. Nate Dogg provides an ideal hook on the grand sounding 'Dead Wrong.' The song feels as if it should be played over a wide area to let the music flood (premium speakers exemplify the production throughout the album). I even enjoyed the Missy collaboration, her sung hook worked nicely ('Really Don't Want My Love').
Faults are found on the album with the overly melodramatic 'Keep Your Head Up' and 'Why U Tell Me That.' They aspire to be more meaningful that the outcome brings.
Unfortunately, Ms. Jade hasn't received the attention I feel she deserves. It's sad due to her position, however hopefully this review will inspire better sales. As far as things go, you can be certain I'll be checking for subsequent Jade material. She's arguably one of the best femcees the mainstream has to offer.