Miami radio personality DJ Khaled‘s new Kiss the Ring compilation album is reportedly en route to sell up to 40,000 in its opening week.
Khaled’s new LP faces stiff competition from R&B singer Trey Songz‘s Chapter V album.
Trey Songz’ fifth Atlantic album, Chapter V, will easily take the #1 spot on next week’s chart as the only title that will hit six figures, with a first-week total that should reach 125-130k. His last album, 2010’s Passion, Pain & Pleasure, debuted with 240k in sales on the way to a total of 842k to date. Cash Money/Republic rapper DJ Khaled’s Kiss the Ring, the follow-up to last year’s We the Best Forever, is on target for 35-40k as the second-highest debut of the week. (HITS Daily Double)
The deejay’s newest compilation album features appearances from Meek Mill, Ace Hood and Rick Ross.
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)
He also relies on collaborations from Nas, Scarface and Movado to give the LP a serious tone.
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)
Last summer, Khaled’s We The Best Forever debuted in the top five.
Def Jam South President DJ Khaled’s We The Best Forever debuted on the chart this week at No. 5. With seven days under his belt, Khaled’s new LP has sold 53,100 records to date. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out some recent DJ Khaled footage below: