Why (Jadakiss song)

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"Why"
Single by Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton
from the album Kiss of Death
Released July 13, 2004
Format Maxi single
Recorded 2004
Genre Political hip hop, rap
Label Ruff Ryders, Interscope
Writer(s) J. Phillips, A. Hamilton, K. Muchita, P. Moerlen
Producer(s) Havoc
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Jadakiss singles chronology
"Jenny from the Block"
(2002)
"Why?"
(2004)
"U Make Me Wanna"
(2004)

"Why" is a protest song by the rapper Jadakiss, the second single released from his second solo album Kiss of Death. It features singer Anthony Hamilton in the chorus and was produced by Mobb Deep member Havoc. It was a crossover hit in several countries. The song ranked #64 in About.com's Top 100 Rap Songs.[1] The remix produced by Elite with a new chorus was later released featuring Anthony Hamilton, Styles P, Common and Nas. Another remix was released, titled "Why 2K7", featuring the rapper Lil' Wayne. This remix is available on DJ 007's Beast of the East, a collaboration mixtape with Fabolous and Jadakiss.

Although not a remix nor a sequel, Jadakiss released the song "What If" that almost follows the same concept as "Why". All of the verses start with the latter title. It included Nas (who - as mentioned above - was featured in the remix of "Why") and is on his album The Last Kiss.

Controversy[edit]

Jadakiss attracted some controversy and condemnation from the political commentator Bill O'Reilly, who labeled him a "smear merchant" because of the lyrics in the song, which state Jada's belief that George W. Bush co-ordinated the September 11 attacks:

"Why do niggas push pounds of powder?/Why did Bush knock down the towers?"

"Bush" is censored in clean versions of the song. The music video shows a man holding up a picket sign reading "BUCK FUSH" - a spoonerism of "FUCK BUSH".

O'Reilly took the position that the President should be allowed to sue Jadakiss for slander. The track was eventually banned on some radio stations or played with the lyrics in question censored.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Why" (album version)
  2. "Kiss of Death" (main version)
  3. "The Champ Is Here" (explicit version)
  4. "Why" (video)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Billboard Hot 100 11
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 4
Hot Rap Singles 3
Rhythmic Top 40 12
Top 40 Tracks 40

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[3] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Top 100 Rap Songs. About.com.
  2. ^ "Rapper Jadakiss, In New Song Lyric, Suggests Bush Complicity In 9/11 Attacks", Counterbias
    "Why", Abstract Dynamics
    "Rapper Jadakiss blames Bush for September 11 in new song", USA Today
    "The Smearing of America Continues - Bill O’Reilly", Fox News
  3. ^ {{#switch:United States |Argentina="Argentinian single certifications – Jadakiss – Why". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. November 17, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  |Australia=NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATION. |Austria="Austrian single certifications – Jadakiss – Why" (in German). IFPI Austria. November 17, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  Enter Jadakiss in the field Interpret. Enter Why in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen |Belgium=NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for BELGIAN CERTIFICATION. |Brazil="Brazilian single certifications – Jadakiss – Why" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. November 17, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  |Canada="Canadian single certifications – Jadakiss – Why". Music Canada. November 17, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  |Denmark="Danish single certifications – Jadakiss – Why". IFPI Denmark. November 17, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  |Europe=NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for EUROPEAN CERTIFICATION. |Finland=The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits: |France="French single certifications – Jadakiss – Why" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. November 17, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  |GCC=NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for GCC CERTIFICATION. |Germany="Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Jadakiss; 'Why')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  |Greece="Greek single certifications – Jadakiss – Why" (in Greek). IFPI Greece. November 17, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  |Hong Kong=NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for Hong Kong CERTIFICATION. |Hungary=NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for HUNGARIAN CERTIFICATION. |Ireland="Irish single certifications – Jadakiss – Why". Irish Recorded Music Association. November 17, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  |Italy="Italian single certifications – Jadakiss – Why" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. November 17, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Jadakiss in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca |Japan="Japanese single certifications – Jadakiss – Why" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. November 17, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  |Mexico="Certificaciones –" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. November 17, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  |Netherlands="Dutch single certifications – Jadakiss – Why" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. November 17, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  |New Zealand=THE FIELD id (chart number) MUST BE PROVIDED for NEW ZEALAND CERTIFICATION. |Norway="Norwegian single certifications – Jadakiss – Why" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. November 17, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  |Poland=Portugal="Portuguese single certifications – Jadakiss – Why" (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. November 17, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 

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