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Kiss the Ring
     

Kiss the Ring

by DJ Khaled
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2012
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602537125203
catalogNumber:
001731402

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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
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
Runners   Producer
Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Khaled Khaled   Composer
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
W. Roberts   Composer
A. McColister   Composer
C. Thomaz   Composer
Canei Finch   Composer,Producer
B. Jordan   Composer
James Wood   Engineer
Dwayne Carter   Executive Producer
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
Monarch   Additional Production
Matthew Samuels   Composer
Edward J. "Uk" Nixon   Engineer
Jahlil Beats   Producer
Derek "MixedByAli" Ali   Engineer
Chauncey Hollis   Composer
Beat Bully   Producer
Jermaine Preyan   Composer
Mike WiLL Made It   Producer
K.E. On the Track   Producer
M. Stevenson   Composer
Nick the Piff   Engineer
Mike 13   Engineer

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