‘Late To The Party’ embodies the spirit of NYC’s D.I.Y. rap scene
New York, New York (August 14, 2020) – Rapper, actor, poet, Jadon Woodard solidifies his place within New York’s new hip-hop movement with Late To The Party. Available today, the nine-track album features hard-hitting production and potent rhymes, with Jadon’s dynamic storytelling captivating listeners.
“I hope the album really connects with people,” 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. “We 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.”
Featuring several fellow rising hip-hop artists, Late To The Party celebrates Jadon’s creative and personal growth. Using rap as an outlet for his artistic impulses, Jadon shined within NYC’s in-person hip-hop community as a busker. “I started rhyming on subways in New York and Philly at 17.” He developed his confidence and mastered the indie hustle by sellings CDs and performing for commuters. Jadon’s tenacity led to opportunities like a starring role in Timour Gregory’s hip-hop short film Keep Pushing with Pharoahe Monch. The film premiered through CBS and garnered praise by Okayplayer in 2015. “It’s been a fun ride,” he says. “I played this show with J.Cole in Long Island for the Billboard Music Festival and someone from the crowd came up like “Hey, I know you from the 4 train. I see you on the train all of the time rapping!”
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 “Bad Azz” followed by the melodic tune “Mr. Grassman” that bounces between rap verses and a smooth chorus. Jadon’s rapid fire flow is showcased on tracks like “Supwitchunow? (Interlude)” and “Rollin”. He reminisces about a failed relationship on “Indiscretions” then taps into his introspection with “Full – Time Artist”, a soul-stirring song that samples “Intimate Friends” By Eddie Kendricks. The latter part of Late To The Party celebrates Jadon’s maturation with “Life Is Crazy” and “Goodbye”.
“I’m just feeling proud,” he says. “This album came out exactly how I envisioned it. Late To The Party is finally here and I couldn’t be happier.”
Late To The Party is available now via UnitedMasters. The album celebrates Jadon’s journey and is a tribute to his commitment to the art of rap. For updates and more information about Jadon Woodard please refer to the links below.
About Jadon Woodard:
To find an artist like Jacksonville, Florida transplant Jadon Woodard is rare. He relocated to the Northeast for his college education, Woodard’s career as an actor, poet and emcee has seen prodigious growth. Though he wouldn’t be mad about rapping in leather sweatpants on the Champs-Elysees, Woodard can best be defined as being the type of person comfortable dropping bars while waiting for the subway train, winning freestyle competitions at the 2012 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival or yes, donning a teenage student’s high school uniform and rapping in a Sprite commercial. His level of comfort in both himself and his craftsmanship is truly impressive, and makes him an ideal representative of the culture’s brilliant past and hope for an intelligent progression of rap music into the future. Woodard has been signed to labels (2012 with now defunct group Train Robbers to Boss Sounds LLC), but the deeper story to be told in his art is in his level of dedication to discovering and successfully utilizing avenues to progressing his craft. As an artist, his list of brand collaborations in the past five years reads like a who’s who of America’s most visible organizations with Nickelodeon, Coors Light, Sprite, the NBA’s New York Knicks and Usher’s New Look Foundation among the highlights. Clearly, whereas some artists believe that great talent eventually rises to the top, Woodard is a believer in evangelizing his talent not just on the streets, but then climbing to the tallest mountains possible so that as many people as humanly possible can hear his voice. In an era wherein rap music is ubiquitous, there are few in its midst who are fearless, unique and in full pursuit of being not just fabulously rich, but also tremendously creative and undoubtedly important.