Fabolous & Jadakiss’ Friday On Elm Street Album Is Filled With Razor Sharp Rhymes (Audio)

One of Hip-Hop’s most long-awaited projects releases today (November 24). Fabolous & Jadakiss partner for Friday On Elm Street, a collaborative album from the two New York City veteran lyricists (each signed to Def Jam Records) that has been teased for nearly three years. The project (once thought to be a mixtape) was known as “Freddy vs. Jason.” While the title was slightly tapered, it is still killer season from the buckle-up intro.

From that grabbing intro (which includes elements of the suspense sound effects from the 1980s-1990s Friday The 13th franchise), this project proves itself to be more than just friends sharing songs. Both great MCs put their bars in costume, and play on being monsters with the mic. They each use callbacks to the respective film character inspirations (“Jason Vorhees” and “Freddy Krueger”), but not in any way that compromises the images that Hip-Hop Heads have known for all these years. Highlights include the Marvin Gaye-riffing “Theme Music” (courtesy of Swizz Beatz on the mic and boards), the chirped-up sample on “Soul Music,” and the menacing Styles P guest spot on “Ice Pick.” As strong as any two-MC joint effort, Fab’ and Jada’ share the weight. Whether the hardcore Hip-Hop or Trap and club-tinged moments on the album, these two greats move as a unit and show why this was well worth the wait. The album is filled with the kind quote-worthy punchlines that Heads anticipated.

Having worked together on projects for ages, the two made their first slashes with “Rapture” and “Stand Up.” January’s “Rapture” did not make the final 12 tracks, but two mixes of the Future-assisted “Stand Up” did. The LP also features Swizz Beatz (who worked on “Jason” in 2015, a critical play on ‘Kiss’ Friday The 13th-inspired alter-ego), Styles, Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti, French Montana, and G.O.O.D. Music’s Teyana Taylor. Besides Swizzy, production is tackled by Sean C. & LV (of the Bad Boy “Hitmen”), veteran NYC club DJ Ted Smooth, and longtime Masta Ace affiliate Pav Bundy.

At a time when Def Jam is headed towards a new regime and restoring its legacy, these two artists—along with 2 Chainz and Jeezy show that the label has some key voices from its 2000s run making in tow.

Earlier this month, The L.O.X. released #4NoReason, an EP. It marks the trio’s second drop in their partnership with Roc Nation.