DJ Khaled "Kiss the Ring" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:32:37
"I make hits, I find hits, and I put hits out," DJ Khaled declares at the end of "Bitches & Bottles (Let's Get It Started)", the second fiery cut from his latest album Kiss the Ring.
That pretty much sums it up right there.
He's one of hip hop's most consistent presences, and he raises the bar with every album. Kiss the Ring is no exception, of course. In fact, his second release for Cash Money Records remains one of the best rap records of the year. It's like The Avengers of hip hop, bringing together Khaled and the game's biggest and best names.
"Bitches & Bottles" sees Lil Wayne, T.I., and Future blasting through sharp, slick rhymes. Then, Kanye West and Rick Ross team for an utterly epic collaboration, "I Wish You Would". West drops an eerie intro nodding to Nightmare on Elm Street and Ross's icy flow freezes the competition in its tracks. Representing Khaled's very own We The Best Music Group, Ace Hood rips right through "Shout Out to the Real" with an impressive showing alongside gruff displays from Meek Mill and Plies. Another We The Best standout, Mavado gets deep on "Suicidal Thoughts" with lyrical fireworks of his own. Khaled's production sizzles on "Take It to the Hood"—2012's premier posse cut with Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne—and on "I'm So Blessed".
"Hip Hop" elevates everything to another level, boasting impenetrable raps from Nas and Scarface. At the end of the day, Kiss the Ring is a statement from Khaled. He never disappoints and he only gets better with each turn. It truly is time for others to bow and Kiss the Ring…
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