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Jadakiss, The Last Kiss – Rating: D

Submitted by on April 13, 2009 – 7:36 AM2 Comments
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Yonkers bred rapper Jadakiss finally resurfaces from his 5-year hiatus to release his highly anticipated third album, The Last Kiss. Originally titled Kiss My A**, Def Jam executives felt a title change was necessary for Jada to become a more marketable rapper. The Last Kiss proves to do just that, but sadly enough, it also produces a number of unoriginal concepts and softcore records that make Jada sweeter than a tangerine.

The thunderous introduction of “Pain and Torture” sets high expectations for the album with its penetrating punch lines and monstrous beat. The thug-motivated “Grind Hard” provides the soulful presence of Mary J. Blige, whose inspirational vocals make the record. “Cartel Gathering” is possibly the only collaboration that speaks for Jada’s core audience, inviting Ghostface Killah and Raekwon the Chef to engage in the Mafioso bravado of gangster rap. And here is where our expectations for The Last Kiss become sour.

Swizz Beatz tedious production on “Who’s Real” brings nothing new to the genre and OJ Da Juiceman’s cameo provides nothing more than comic relief. Young Jeezy’s verse on the rambunctious “Something Else” proves he’s still a mediocre rapper that has it too easy and Jada’s short-lived reunion with Styles P on “One More Step” proves the duo has lost their flare with their whole back and forth angle.

“What If” wastes Nas lyrical talents and tackles an outdated subject that makes the record identical to Jada’s last hit single “Why”. Not one, but two Pharrell collaborations go to waste with “Stress Ya” and “Rocking With The Best”, as Jada fails to produce that Maybach music. Though Lil’ Wayne verbally spazzes out on the bonus track “Death Wish”, the record’s dreary aura fades into the dark near the album’s conclusion.

Hands down The Last Kiss is one of the most disappointing Hip-Hop albums of this decade. An unbalanced track listing and an oversaturated cameo list plague this appalling LP. The time has come to blow the horns on The LOX solo ventures and for the trio to hit the studio and give the fans what we really want—an official L.O.X. album.

Written by Alejandro Bracetti