Jadakiss and The LOX have long preached about the importance of physical fitness and mental health before it became a fad in Hip Hop’s recent years. Jada joined Lil Cease as a guest for an episode of The Pull Up on Wednesday (December 29) which saw him explain why “being health is gangsta.”
“Everybody want to be tough guys and this and that, and rich,” the Yonkers legend said. “If you not healthy, you can’t be alive to spend your money. If you not healthy, you can’t enjoy the party, you can’t enjoy the perks of life, you won’t be here to see your kids graduate, to see ’em score they first touchdown, to see things like that. So health is more important than anything.”
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Jadakiss and Styles P opened up a series of healthy smoothie stores called Juices For Life with locations in their hometown of Yonkers and other shops in Brooklyn and The Bronx to give citizens an opportunity to make a healthier lifestyle choice that they might not have otherwise. The first launched in 2011.
At one point in the conversation, Lil Cease opened up about how he turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the loss of his best friend The Notorious B.I.G. following his 1997 murder. Nowadays, Cease has a strict workout regiment at the age of 44 to keep him in shape, which is the same age as his sister when she passed away.
“I felt crazy at first. It was a little hurtful,” he said about people turning their backs on him following B.I.G.’s passing. “When you’re at the top of your game and the surrounding was pure at that time. Everyone wanted to be around B.I.G. and be around us. When B.I.G. passed, yeah, a lot of that changed and it was definitely hurtful. It was definitely hurtful and just made you feel like, ‘Alright, it’s like that?’”
Watch the entire episode below.