Kiss Of Death (Explicit Version) CD (2004)

Artist: Jadakiss

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 61009555
UPC 602498626610
UPC 14 00602498626610
Format CD
Release Date 6/22/2004
Author Jadakiss
Associated Artist/Work 354
Associated Artist/Work Duke Da God
Associated Artist/Work Eve (Rap)
Associated Artist/Work Fabolous
Associated Artist/Work Messiah, DJ
Associated Artist/Work Rule, Ja
Artist Influence 2Pac
Artist Influence Big L
Artist Influence Busta Rhymes
Artist Influence Capone-N-Noreaga
Artist Influence Cormega
Artist Influence EPMD
Artist Influence Jay-Z
Artist Influence Kool G Rap
Artist Influence Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
Artist Influence MC Shan
Artist Influence Mobb Deep
Artist Influence Nas
Artist Influence The Notorious B.I.G.
Artist Contemporary Beanie Sigel
Artist Contemporary Cam'ron
Artist Contemporary Cassidy
Artist Contemporary Clipse
Artist Contemporary DMX
Artist Contemporary Fabolous
Artist Contemporary Freeway
Artist Contemporary Ja Rule
Artist Contemporary Maino
Artist Contemporary Noreaga
Artist Contemporary Rick Ross (Rap)
Artist Contemporary The Game (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Young Gunz
Artist Follower French Montana
Artist Follower Nicki Minaj
Technical Info
Engineer DJ Green Lantern; DJ Quik; Dragan "Chach" Cacinovic; Randy "Okre Boy" Williams; Renee Antelmann; Shon Dogg; Michael Strange Jr.; Jason Schweitzer; Steve King
Producer DJ Green Lantern; Black Key; Jelly Roll; Kanye West; Eminem; Elite; Jason Phillips; Legendary Red Spyda; Havoc; Alchemist; Luis Resto; Scott Spencer Storch; Swizz Beatz; The Neptunes; DJ Green Lantern; Black Key; Jelly Roll
CatalogID 000274602
Lable Name Ruff Ryders
Released 06/21/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 62m : 54s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498626610
Musical Guests
Kanye West
Anthony Hamilton
Pharrell Williams
Snoop Dogg
DJ Quik
Nate Dogg
Mariah Carey
Styles P.
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Jadakiss (rap vocals); Mamie Gunn, Jelly Roll , Aja Smith, Mariah Carey, Nesha, Anthony Hamilton (vocals); DJ Quik, Eminem, Kanye West, Nate Dogg, Sheek, Snoop Dogg, Styles P (rap vocals); Hanan Rubinstein, Steve King (guitar); Luis Resto (keyboards); DP One (scratches); Jason Spoor (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: DJ Green Lantern; Eminem; Dragan "Chach" Cacinovic; Jason Schweitzer; Steve King ; Patrick Viala.
Recording information: 54 Sound, Detroit, MI; Evil Genius Studios, New York, NY; Groovyville Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Powerhouse Studios, Yonkers, NY; Record One Recordings, Los Angeles, CA; Right Trax Studios, New York, NY; Tha Chuuch, Doggyland, CA.
Photographer: Anthony Cutajar.
On his second solo record, KISS OF DEATH, Jadakiss begins the wistful, reflective song "Why" with the question, "Why is Jadakiss as hard as it gets?" Unwavering confidence contrasted by soft introspection is a trademark of the ex-Lox member, and this quality distinguishes the Yonkers, New York rapper from his peers.
KISS OF DEATH balances street knowledge with humor, and serves up robust beats and guest shots by a legion of hip-hop luminaries. Jadakiss brings together both American coasts, as well as years of history, on the groovy, 1970s-tinged "Shine," with Cali's Snoop Dogg and NYC's DJ Quik packing some of their best rhymes. On the other end of the spectrum is the rock-sampling "Welcome to D-Block," featuring Jadakiss's former Lox bandmates and a relatively subdued Eminem. Of course, Jadakiss can unleash some serious rhymes on his own, especially on the hardcore title track and the melodic "Bring You Down." A dynamic sophomore effort, KISS OF DEATH cements Jadakiss's status as one of the premier forces in East Coast rap.
Artist Overview
After the break-up of Yonkers-based hip-hop combo the Lox, the three group members--Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Jadakiss--went on to solo careers. Though they all stuck close to their educated, New York gutter style, of the three, it was lead MC Jadakiss who made the biggest strides into the mainstream. He was a longtime affiliate of the DMX supergroup the Ruff Ryders, in addition to having worked with Sean "Diddy" Combs when in the Lox. All of this led to his successful crossover solo debut, KISS THA GAME GOODBYE, and its 2004 follow-up, KISS OF DEATH. Jadakiss reteamed with Louch and Styles as D-Block in the early 2000s.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "He's a master of the fine lyrical detail, and he knows it."
Rolling Stone (p.144) - Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "Jada's hell-raising flow was everywhere this year."
Spin (pp.103-4) - "[I]t gets no better than 'Real Hip Hop,' where Swizz Beatz loops a Curtis Mayfield sample into a careening roller coaster as Jada and his D-Block compatriot Shreek run punch-line relay races." - Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly (p.89) - "Jada flexes impressive muscles as he grinds his heels into a well-trodden dance floor." - Grade: B
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 What You So Mad At?
3 Shine
4 Bring You Down
5 Time's Up
6 Why
7 U Make Me Wanna
8 Hot Skit
9 Hot Sauce to Go
10 Real Hip Hop
11 Shoot Outs
12 Still Feel Me
13 By Your Side
14 Gettin' It In
15 Air It Out
16 Welcome to D-Block
17 Kiss Of Death
18 I'm Goin Back
Product Attributes
Artist Jadakiss
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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