The Score: "The Nas & Scarface Powered 'Hip Hop' Is Easily The Best Cut On [DJ Khaled's 'Kiss The Ring']"

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 5:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

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  • Kiss The Ring
  • DJ Khaled
  • August 21, 2012
All Hip Hop 7/10
The Wack Delly 3/5
Hip Hop Junkies 2/5

It's been just over a year since DJ Khaled infiltrated our music playlists with his I'm On One We the Best Forever smash anthem and the Miami music veteran is back with the new Kiss the Ring compilation.

Having made a name for himself through the help of Fat Joe's Terror Squad, Khaled is out to prove he can still heat up the summer on his sixth project.

Khaled's been pumping out hit after hit with a relative high level of success, although anyone could see it was somewhat formulaic and based on who was hot at the time. With the release of his latest LP Kiss The Ring, he continues that same trend for the majority of the album, making this unfortunately sound like the type of project we've heard from him in the past. (All Hip Hop)

Khaled relied on hip-hop heavyweights and a few rap rookies to contribute to the LP.

The album starts off with "Shout out to The Streets" with the new heavywweight in the game, Meek Mill, Khaled's own Ace Hood, and from nowhere, there is a return of Plies. The beat isn't bad and Mill drops a quick but energetic verse. Plies is what you would expect as is Ace Hood. "B*tches and Bottles" features Lil Wayne and TI, and unfortunately Future. TI has the best verse, Wayne does the normal and Future....let's just move on. Rick Ross and Kanye West hold down "I Wish You Would" where someone must have left the auto tune feature on when Kanye hit the booth. His verse is weird since he starts off with some street type of stuff that doesn't really fit his persona. Then there is the lead single, "Take it to the Head" with Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Ross and Lil Wayne. (Hip Hop Junkiez)

The star-studded compilation album's content is also duly noted this time around.

It should be noted that are a few definite highlights from a songwriting standpoint though. The Nas and Scarface powered "Hip Hop", which was produced by DJ Premier, is easily the best cut on the album. The almost sad take on the commercialism in and of hip hop seems a bit comically out of place on a DJ Khaled album, but it shouldn't be missed by any type of rap fan. Reggae artist Mavado also provides a few dark, yet undeniably impressive performances on "Suicidal Thoughts" and the bonus track, "Aktion Pak" (The Versed)

The hitmaker takes on the role as both a writer and producer on Kiss the Ring.

The credits for DJ Khaled's sixth studio album, "Kiss the Ring," list him as both a co-writer and co-producer, but neither of those roles has much to do with why the New Orleans native has earned the right to, year after year, deliver albums with more and more bombastic titles, such as "We the Best," "Victory" and "We the Best Forever." Instead, Khaled's most pointed job title is the one that isn't spelled out in his album's liner notes: curator. The DJ and Def Jam record executive has a knack for matching producers and artists who, with their powers combined, churn out the sort of star-studded anthems that climb the charts, and kick club-goers into high-gear. Last year's "I'm On One" was one of the year's best songs; and 2010's "All I Do Is Win" was another winner. (Huffington Post)

While the album packs punches, some music critics cited a lack of originality to hurting its overall quality.

Khaled returns from his hiatus with this new project hitting the shelves on August 21st and has taken the time to work with a few new artist like J.Cole, Meek Mill, Kendrick Lamar and Future. Although this made the album more diverse unfortunately it was also lacking content, there were a few good songs that stuck with me but the majority of the songs sounded the same and talking about the same subjects from previous Khaled albums. Don't get me wrong the songs on here weren't bad but it's just nothing I would listen to more than once. (The Wack Delly)
I must say Khaled supports his artists since he makes sure that both Ace and Mavado get some starring roles, especially Ace who is on more songs than anyone else. However, these Khaled albums are getting worse every year. They are just a bunch of songs and when you put that together with the fact most of these other artists are dropping mix tapes and albums constantly, the novelty of these songs have all worn off. There isn't anything that stands out and the sounds are all the generic ones of today and end up running together. If you must buy everything that comes out, you might as well get this for some mind numbing music ont he way to the club, but you have better options. (Hip Hop Junkiez)

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