Kiss The Ring CD (2012)

Artist: Dj Khaled

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 234824489
UPC 602537125210
UPC 14 00602537125210
Format CD
Release Date 8/21/2012
Author Dj Khaled
Associated Artist/Work C, O.G. Ron
Associated Artist/Work OG Ron C
Technical Info
CatalogID 001731502
Lable Name Republic
Released 2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 48m : 25s
UPC 00602537125210
Musical Guests
Ace Hood
Meek Mill
Lil Wayne
Kanye West
Rick Ross
Nicki Minaj
Chris Brown
Big Krit
Kendrick Lamar
Wiz Khalifa
Big Sean
DJ Premier
French Montana
2 Chainz
Mack Maine
Kirko Bangz
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Conway Studios, Hollywood, CA; Glenwood Studios, Burbank, CA; HeadQcourterz Studios, Manhattan, NY; Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL; Jungle City Studios, New York, NY; Justice League Studios; Multi Alumni Studio, Atlanta, GA; Nightbird Studios, Hollywood, CA; Plush Studios, Winter Springs, FL; Quad Studios, Manhattan, NY; Record One, Sherman Oaks, CA; Red Lounge Studio, Tampa, FL; Red Room Studio, Carson, CA; Swisher Suite Studios, Miami, FL; The Hit Factory, Miami, FL; We The Best Studios, Miami, FL; WEstlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Clay Patrick McBride.
He's a DJ, not a rapper or producer, and yet Kiss the Ring is another in a long line of exciting compilations from DJ Khaled, the man with the million-dollar contact list. Being that it is his second release for the Cash Money label, the best of the YMCMB staff is here save Drake, with Lil Wayne leading T.I. and the Auto-Tuned Future through "Bitches & Bottles (Let's Get It Started)," a party tune with Mike Will Made-It on the production and six names in the songwriting credits, but it still comes off as simple and immediate. Nicki Minaj joins labelmate Wayne, along with Chris Brown and Rick Ross, for "Take It to the Head," a song perfect for rainy days as the lyricists go from sullen to champion over a slow-rolling Runners production. T-Pain's usual high-gloss schtick seems renewed with Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, and Ace Hood all representing the new breed of witty thugs on "I'm So Blessed," and seeing how the Floridian Khaled is always watching the island talent, 2012's Jamaican dancehall champion Mavado is here, sounding majestic and very Buju Banton on the sad tale of Kingston ghetto life called "Suicidal Thoughts." Khaled introduces the moving cut with the iffy "pass the Guinness," plus all the "kiss the ring" drops are perilously close to Spinal Tap or Too Short territory, but past that, his song-interrupting shouts of "we the best" are kept to an acceptable level, and with veterans like Scarface and Nas here on the sour "Hip Hop," the glitter is anchored by street cred and some veteran wisdom. Still, this is the sixth time the DJ's used this formula, so any "lack of evolution" argument makes for a valid, but tiny, complaint, so think of this as a run-of-the-mill Khaled album and that mill is still doing pretty awesome. ~ David Jeffries
Disc 1
1 Shout Out to the Real - (featuring Ace Hood/Meek Mill)
2 B****es & Bottles (Let's Get It Started) - (featuring Lil Wayne/T.I.)
3 I Wish You Would - (featuring Kanye West/Rick Ross)
4 Take It to the Head - (featuring Nicki Minaj/Lil Wayne/Rick Ross/Chris Brown)
5 They Ready - (featuring Big K.R.I.T./Kendrick Lamar)
6 I'm So Blessed - (featuring Wiz Khalifa/Ace Hood/Big Sean/T-Pain)
7 Hip Hop - (featuring DJ Premier/Scarface)
8 I Did It for My Dawgz - (featuring Meek Mill/French Montana/Jadakiss/Rick Ross)
9 I Don't See Em - (featuring Ace Hood/2 Chainz/Birdman)
10 Don't Pay 4 It - (featuring Mack Maine/Kirko Bangz/Tyga)
11 Suicidal Thoughts - (featuring Mavado)
12 They Don't Want War (Outro) - (featuring Ace Hood)
Product Attributes
Artist Dj Khaled
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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