DJ Khaled released his sixth studio album, Kiss the Ring on Tuesday. He says it’s “da besss,” but he says that about every album. Is he right this time? Your TRU Brain Trust investigates. Peep game.
THIS SHIT SPECIAL! Khaled Khaled’s titles are always so grandiose. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that his CDs aren’t entertaining. And Kiss The Ring follows suit.
Once again, the disc is a mix of Top 40 rappers of today’s hip-hop scene. By creating songs that play to the strengths of each artist, each jam is a head nodder. Future is actually tolerable on a hook…but perhaps that’s because I’ve been worn down from years of Auto-Tune torture (plus Chris Brown and Kirko Bangz). But the welcomed return of T-Pain only comfirms my stockholm syndrome. Let’s face it, besides Nas, Scarface, Kanye, Rawse, and that jam with J.cole/KRIT/Kendrick Lamar the rest of the artists are trash juice. But somehow Khaled pulls it together. I don’t know how you do it, Khaled. Khaled’s album depicts EXACTLY like what the hip-hop radio scene sounds like. — Zillz
Kiss the Ring consists of a combination of 27 rappers and singers, as well as numerous producers, over 15 tracks. Surprisingly, even with all the different faces, the album manages to be cohesive in its club and street themes. Although, on the surface, DJ Khaled seems to have little to do with Kiss the Ring, he deserves credit for putting it all together to create a solid album. Most of the content has to do with balling hard and flossing, but there is just enough variety to keep these upbeat songs from becoming stale as the album draws out. A few duds notwithstanding, the album’s songs contain lyrics which are sufficient at their least and memorable at their best. Most of thebeats are catchy and bombastic, with a soulful tune and some epic production thrown in for good measure. Kiss the Ring isn’t groundbreaking, but it sure is a good time. — Aaron
It’s summertime. You’re having a BBQ/cookout/pool party/day-drinking by yourself. You need a few key ingredients: Food, friends, booze, a location, and a mix of good-time music. You could go with the classic mix of funk, disco, and r&b for prime electric sliding or you could throw on a mix of those ignorant bass/horn/siren-heavy rap songs that you love so much.
Don’t make the mix this year. Khaled has handled that for you. Kiss the Ring features 11 songs from which you could close your eyes and send 3 to Clear Channel for radio play. KTR also features a rare gem that brought Nas and Scarface together again with DJ Premier as well as a song that combines the power of three of today’s brightest young stars.
This is a solid 50 minutes of entertainment that will more than likely run the summer without straying in any real way from the formula that has brought its makers whatever level of success they have achieved. – Nahshon
EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT. RAP’S MOST BOISTEROUS CHEERLEADER SERVES UP ANOTHER UNEVEN COMPILATION. FEELING: J.COLE AND BIG KRIT ON “THEY READY”; MEEK MILL AND ACE HOOD ON “SHOUT OUT TO THE REAL”; ROZAY ON “I DID IT FOR MY DAWGZ.” NOT FEELING: HALF THE ALBUM. WHY IS T-PAIN STILL WARBLING TO HIGH HEAVENS? WHY IS BIG SEAN RAPPING ABOUT “FAT ASSES AND BIG BOTTLES” ON A SONG ABOUT GOD? AND WHERE IS THE ALBUM MAKER’S HANDPRINT? BASICALLY, KHALED HAS REACHED THE POINT IN HIS CAREER WHERE HE COULD FINALLY MAKE A LISTENABLE ALBUM AND KISS THE RING, WHILE AT TIMES INTERESTING, IS NOT LISTENABLE WITHOUT FREQUENT SKIPS. ALL THE OVER-THE-TOP BOASTS, MAILED-IN VERSES, AND WATERED DOWN BEATS LEAVE KISS THE RING FLAILING HOPELESSLY. WHAT A WASTE OF THE MAN’S NETWORKING SKILLS. — RIZOH