Kiss of Death
label: Ruff Ryders
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
The best way
to describe Jadakiss' style would be as a hybrid-rapper of P Diddy
and 50 Cent. Gangsta where he needs to be, smooth playa in between.
One look of the A-List of artists featured on Kiss of Death
confirms this. For street cred Jadakiss enlists Styles P., Sheek,
and Eminem. For the ladies, he's got Snoop, Nate Dogg, Mariah
Carey, and Pharrell.
Most of the
tracks that don't have featured artists end up following the formula
for most rap albums, rappin' about one's power, viiolence, weed,
bling, and sex. Of course Jadakiss tweeks it to fit his style,
making a more fun type of gangsta. "What You So Mad At??",
"Shoot Outs", and "Kiss of Death" are on this
end of the spectrum.
"U Make Me Wanna" and "Hot Sauce" swings things
over to the other side, infusing funk into a P Diddy-esque party
flow. On "Why" Jadakiss questions the current state
of the world, mosty the issues that affect the urban society.
When an album
contains the same subject as most of its competition, it limits
what can be judged to beats, loops, and flow, and how they add
up against the rest of the field. This where Jadakiss does
stand out quite well. The first few listens didn't register a
very good impression of Kiss of Death, but after a little
more one-on-one its finer points become much more apparent.
liked Kiss of Death...
2. What You So Mad At??
3. Shine (ft. Snoop Dogg & DJ Quick)
4. Bring You Down
5. Time's Up (ft. Nate Dogg)
6. Why (ft. Anthony Hamilton)
7. U Make Me Wanna (ft. Mariah Carey)
8. Hot Skit
9. Hot Sauce to Go(ft. Pharrell)
10. Real Hip Hop (ft. Sheek)
11. Shoot Outs (ft. Styles P.)
12. Still Fell Me
13. By Your Side
14. Gettin' It In (ft. Kanye West)
15. Air It Out
16. Welcom to D-Block (ft. Sheek, Styles P., Eminem)
17. Kiss of Death
18. I'm Goin Back