Pioneers Jeezy, Dada and Jay-Z on the Rise
Pioneers: Jeezus, Dads and Jayzus are three of the most famous hip-hop albums of all time.
Jeezi, who also goes by Jeeze, was released in 1995.
Dads was released five years later.
Jeezus, which was released by legendary producer Jee Zus, hit number one on the Billboard charts in 1997 and became a phenomenon among fans and critics alike.
But Dads, the album that gave birth to the word “jeezy,” and the Dada label, which started in 1994, had already gone by a different name.
The duo had moved on to another label called RZA, which is based in the United Kingdom.
Jay-z, who is known as Jay-Man, released a debut album, Dope, in 1999.
“Dada” is derived from the D and the A of the D-list rap group the Neptunes.
The album was critically acclaimed but didn’t sell much, and Jay Z left the group in 2010.
The Dada labels have been at odds with each other for years, but the two entities are now collaborating on a project that will launch a brand-new imprint, the JeeZus imprint.
Jez-Zuzu, the son of Dada, and Dada founder Jean-Claude Jeezu are both credited as the founders of the new label.
“I wanted to create a label for artists, musicians and their fans,” Jean-Claudius Jeezul said in a statement.
“We wanted to be the premier distributor of hip-hoppers’ music.”
The Jee-Zus label is expected to launch later this year.