Kiss the Ring [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
He's a DJ, not a rapper or producer, and yet Kiss the Ring is another in a long line of exciting compilations from DJ Khaled, the man with the million-dollar contact list. Being that it is his second release for the Cash Money label, the best of the YMCMB staff is here save Drake, with Lil Wayne leading T.I. and the Auto-Tuned Future through "Bitches & Bottles (Let's Get It Started)," a party tune with Mike Will Made-It on the production and six names in the songwriting credits, but it still comes off as simple and immediate. Nicki Minaj joins labelmate Wayne, along with Chris Brown and Rick Ross, for "Take It to the Head," a song perfect for rainy days as the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
He's a DJ, not a rapper or producer, and yet Kiss the Ring is another in a long line of exciting compilations from DJ Khaled, the man with the million-dollar contact list. Being that it is his second release for the Cash Money label, the best of the YMCMB staff is here save Drake, with Lil Wayne leading T.I. and the Auto-Tuned Future through "Bitches & Bottles (Let's Get It Started)," a party tune with Mike Will Made-It on the production and six names in the songwriting credits, but it still comes off as simple and immediate. Nicki Minaj joins labelmate Wayne, along with Chris Brown and Rick Ross, for "Take It to the Head," a song perfect for rainy days as the lyricists go from sullen to champion over a slow-rolling Runners production. T-Pain's usual high-gloss schtick seems renewed with Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, and Ace Hood all representing the new breed of witty thugs on "I'm So Blessed," and seeing how the Floridian Khaled is always watching the island talent, 2012's Jamaican dancehall champion Mavado is here, sounding majestic and very Buju Banton on the sad tale of Kingston ghetto life called "Suicidal Thoughts." Khaled introduces the moving cut with the iffy "pass the Guinness," plus all the "kiss the ring" drops are perilously close to Spinal Tap or Too Short territory, but past that, his song-interrupting shouts of "we the best" are kept to an acceptable level, and with veterans like Scarface and Nas here on the sour "Hip Hop," the glitter is anchored by street cred and some veteran wisdom. Still, this is the sixth time the DJ's used this formula, so any "lack of evolution" argument makes for a valid, but tiny, complaint, so think of this as a run-of-the-mill Khaled album and that mill is still doing pretty awesome.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602537125203
  • Catalog Number: 001731402
  • Sales rank: 62,089

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shout Out To the Real - Ace Hood (4:13)
  2. 2 Bitches & Bottles (Let's Get It Started) (4:29)
  3. 3 I Wish You Would - Rick Ross (3:57)
  4. 4 Take It To the Head - Nicki Minaj (4:27)
  5. 5 They Ready - Kendrick Lamar (3:14)
  6. 6 I'm So Blessed - Big Sean (4:12)
  7. 7 Hip Hop (4:23)
  8. 8 I Did It For My Dawgz - French Montana (4:25)
  9. 9 I Don't See Em - 2 Chainz (4:33)
  10. 10 Don't Pay 4 It - Kirko Bangz (4:17)
  11. 11 Suicidal Thoughts - Mavado (3:14)
  12. 12 They Don't Want War (Outro) - Ace Hood (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
DJ Khaled Primary Artist
Wilbert Williams Trombone
Ray Angry Keyboards
Technical Credits
DJ Toomp Producer
Luis Fernandez Engineer
John Rivers Engineer
Chris Athens Mastering
Anthony Kilhoffer Engineer, Instrumentation
R. Williams Composer
Brian Sumner Engineer
Javier Valverde Engineer
DJ Khaled Producer
Ariel Chobaz Engineer
Eldwardo "Eddie Mix" Hernandez Engineer
Rob Kinelski Engineer
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Producer
Ben Diehl Arranger, Engineer
Fareed Salamah Engineer
The Runners Producer
Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva Engineer, Pro-Tools
Dwayne "Tha President" Carter Executive Producer
Finis "KY" White Engineer
Noah Goldstein Engineer
Derek Garcia Engineer
Hit-Boy Producer
K. Cossom Composer
E. Ortiz Composer
D. Brooks Composer
S. Davidson Composer
M. Samuels Composer
W. Roberts Composer
A. McColister Composer
C. Thomaz Composer
Canei Finch Composer, Producer
B. Jordan Composer
James Wood Engineer
A. Washington Composer
A. Davidson Composer
C. Brown Composer
N. Fisher Composer
A. Tucker Composer
Boi-1DA Producer
J. Tucker Composer
Jess Jackson Engineer
Ronald "Slim Tha Don" Williams Executive Producer
Michael "Banger" Cadahia Engineer
Bryan "Baby Birdman" Williams Executive Producer
Inderan K. Bailey Engineer
The Monarch Additional Production
Edward J. "Uk" Nixon Engineer
Jahlil Beats Producer
Derek "MixedByAli" Ali Engineer
The Beat Bully Producer
Jermaine Preyan Composer
Mike WiLL Made It Producer
K.E. On the Track Producer
C. Hollis Composer
M. Stevenson Composer
K. Khaled Composer
Nick the Piff Engineer
Mike 13 Engineer
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