Steeped in the Southern rap tradition, Texas spitter Big Jade can take any beat and make it her own. Delivering a classic-style mixtape featuring her versions of notable hits, Jade shares Jade Wins, her new EP. With an album cover and recurring ad-lib that references the similarly-named Mortal Kombat character, the new EP finds Jade trying her hand at some of the most iconic beats of the last couple decades, applying her forceful Texas tough-talk and flipping the songs’ meanings to fit her flexes.
Spanning 10 tracks, Jade’s tastes hew towards the Southern hip-hop that she’s loved her entire life, with a focus on hits from the ’00s. Jade Wins features versions of hits that she would’ve vibed to in elementary and middle school, including Busta Rhymes’ “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See,” , Kelis’s “Milkshake,” and Lil Mama’s “Lip Gloss,” which Jade shared as a music video earlier this year. The tape indulges Jade’s penchant for dirty talk, updating some of the era’s most notorious sex jams, like Ying Yang Twins’ “The Whisper Song,” Three 6 Mafia’s “Slob On My Knob,” and Petey Pablo’s “Freek-A-Leek.” Jade’s song selection also includes plenty of hits from her native East Texas, including new versions of regional classics like Z-Ro’s “Mo City Don” and Lil’ Keke’s “Southside.”