Do you love Hip-Hop as much as DJ Khaled? If so, this album is for you.
As the release of Kiss The Ring approached, many wondered aloud, âWhat does DJ Khaled do exactly?â What heâs been telling us all along, he makes hit records! Time after time the president of Def Jam South has produced the most incredible compilations. This time things are different however, this time heâs expressed his appreciation while asking for the same. Why? Because heâs an advocate for Hip-Hop; a true believer in the beauty the art form has to offer.
Take the record âHip Hopâ for example. Produced by DJ Premier, his sound alone pays tribute to the title. But by bringing in Nas and Scarface the essence of the track is elevated further. This song embodies the frustration of those who have loved her long and suffered in turn. However, though every track on Kiss The Ring is deep, not everyone is so transcendental. The albumâs opener, âShout Out to the Realâ isnât much on the surface. That said it combines the efforts of the most audibly intense artists currently in the game. Meek Mill, Ace Hood, and Plies are all forces to be reckoned with, and by putting them together they become a tidal wave capable of crushing cities.
Concepts abound on this album, and Khaled should be commended for crafting them. âThey Readyâ is a song old heads need to take notice of, and young cats need to bump proudly. It places J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T. and Kendrick Lamar on the same beat, and as it bounces allÂ are assured thatÂ Hip-Hop is far from dead. Donât forget âIâm So Blessed.â Like Ace Hood, T-Pain is on every We The Best CD. As always Teddy hones a hook thatâs easy on the ears, and this time itâs a religious offering. Also, Wiz Khalifa doing that Bone Thugs flowâ¦ Unbelievable!
Although every song cannot be discussed in depth here, let us dive into three more before closing. âTake it to the Headâ is a solid single. Every album needs a song that can expand beyond the expected demographic, and the aforementioned is exactly that. Lil Wayne,Â Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Chris Brown drive women into giving this CD a chance, all while keeping male egos stroked and satisfied. Then thereâs âDonât Pay 4 It.â Vulgar and misogynistic, itâs sureÂ to offend some ladies, but Tygaâs on it, so not too many. Last but not least is âSuicidal Thoughts.â Many may have overlooked Khaled signing Mavado, but they will no longer. Easily one of the best vocal talents out there, Mavado excels herein. If you donât have the Gully God on repeat yet, get your iPod ready for the effort.
Again, not every track can be mentioned here, but nonetheless they allÂ deserveÂ an expressive nod. This is a must buy for everybody that believes in Hip-Hop!Â
You can purchase it on iTunes here.