Jadon Woodard is back with his “Late To The Party” album.
Rapper, actor, poet, Jadon Woodard solidifies his place within New Yorkâ€™s new hip-hop movement with “Late To The Party.” Available today, the nine-track album features hard-hitting production and potent rhymes, with Jadonâ€™s dynamic storytelling captivating listeners.
â€œI hope the album really connects with people,â€ says the NYC-based artist, who made national headlines in 2017 when Complex released a documentary about his lawsuit against the NYPD after being arrested while performing on a subway platform. â€œWe won that case and it funded my last album Stories For Days with gHSTS & gUITARS. This new project is a solo effort that digs deeper into my journey.â€
Featuring several fellow rising hip-hop artists, Late To The Party celebrates Jadonâ€™s creative and personal growth. Using rap as an outlet for his artistic impulses, Jadon shined within NYCâ€™s in-person hip-hop community as a busker. â€œI started rhyming on subways in New York and Philly at 17.â€ He developed his confidence and mastered the indie hustle by sellings CDs and performing for commuters. Jadonâ€™s tenacity led to opportunities like a starring role in Timour Gregoryâ€™s hip-hop short film Keep Pushing with Pharoahe Monch. The film premiered through CBS and garnered praise by Okayplayer in 2015. â€œItâ€™s been a fun ride,â€ he says. â€œI played this show with J.Cole in Long Island for the Billboard Music Festival and someone from the crowd came up like â€œHey, I know you from the 4 train. I see you on the train all of the time rapping!â€
Written like an autobiography, Late To The Party covers a range of topics like family, dating, success, mental health, and recreational drugs use. Promotion for the album was led by the gritty, snappy anthem â€œBad Azzâ€ followed by the melodic tune â€œMr. Grassmanâ€ that bounces between rap verses and a smooth chorus. Jadonâ€™s rapid fire flow is showcased on tracks like â€œSupwitchunow? (Interlude)â€ and â€œRollinâ€. He reminisces about a failed relationship on â€œIndiscretionsâ€ then taps into his introspection with â€œFull – Time Artistâ€, a soul-stirring song that samples â€œIntimate Friendsâ€ By Eddie Kendricks. The latter part of Late To The Party celebrates Jadonâ€™s maturation with â€œLife Is Crazyâ€ and â€œGoodbyeâ€.
â€œIâ€™m just feeling proud,â€ he says. â€œThis album came out exactly how I envisioned it. Late To The Party is finally here and I couldnâ€™t be happier.â€
“Late To The Party” is available now via UnitedMasters. The album celebrates Jadonâ€™s journey and is a tribute to his commitment to the art of rap.