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
Recorded 2004
Genre Political hip hop, rap
Label Ruff Ryders, Interscope
Writer(s) J. Phillips, A. Hamilton, K. Muchita, P. Moerlen
Producer(s) Havoc
Jadakiss singles chronology
"Jenny from the Block"
"U Make Me Wanna"

"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.

The song was covered by UK Grime rapper Black the Ripper on his 2008 Summer Madness mixtape.


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)


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 Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[3] Gold 0^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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