Why (Jadakiss song)

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Single by Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton
from the album Kiss of Death
Released July 13, 2004
Format Maxi single, CD single, Vinyl
Recorded 2004
Genre Political hip hop
Songwriter(s) J. Phillips, A. Hamilton, K. Muchita, P. Moerlen
Producer(s) Havoc
Jadakiss singles chronology
"Jenny from the Block"
"U Make Me Wanna"

"Jenny from the Block"
"U Make Me Wanna"
Music video
"Why?" on YouTube

"Why" is a protest song by the rapper Jadakiss, the 1st single released from his 2nd solo album Kiss of Death. It was produced by 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").


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 Jadakiss' belief that then-President George W. Bush was involved in 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 President Bush 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. "Why" Remix feat. Kool Savas
  3. "Kiss of Death" (main version)
  4. "The Champ Is Here" (explicit version)
  5. "Why" (video)


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


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

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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