With a trailer featuring the infamous legendary ”Don King”, DJ Khaled surrounds himself with the undeniable’s. We clearly been listening to Khaled loud ad-lib during every single summer for almost a decade. The Khaled hustle is based on puzzling rappers and producers and make the hottest record possible. Most people still don’t know how Khaled has learned to make a name for himself. As a DJ, he did way more albums than the usual DJ that was known back then and we could name a few, from NY especially(no pun intented). All the hottest new talent and even the old heads been reunited on DJ Khaled records. Kiss The Ring, his 6th album on the belt, the singles are everywhere and this is what he brought to the table.
Intro is starting as hype as possible with Meek Mill and Ace Hood who are possibly 2 of the most consistent in the way they evolving their flow. As the songs starts with a shoutout to Lil Boosie who is on his way out. The relay continues with Future, T.I and Lil Wayne sharing the same spot on ”Bitches and Bottles” where another shoutout to Lil Boosie is making him still relevant to the eyes of his peers. As the third song who is the trigerring factor of the LP. ”Wish You Would” display a Kanye who is only getting better with time and Ross to seal the deal. The album is definetly filled with an ultimate roster allowing everyone to shine on another platform than their usual mixtapes or regular albums. DJ Khaled albums are like the annual All-Star game. Other than Jay-Z, every one that was on his shine been on a Khaled album. We can clearly noticed: 2Chainz, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa and Kirko Bangz, Tyga, BIG Krit, French Montana, Kendrick Lamar, Future, Ace Hood and Meek Mill as a global representation of the current era of hip-hop we are living in. On the other hand, veterans like Nas, Scarface and Jadakiss stayed above the water with solid appearances especially on ”Hip-Hop” with an expected production from a producer of the caliber of DJ Premier. We The Best, as an extension of YMCMB is the only feed we could get from the big machine running with a roster of more than 20 artists. The latest signee of Khaled, Mavado can carry the flag in the last quarter of the album with more than 2 features. Ace Hood as the most appearances on the album where he doesn’t put Khaled to shame for recruiting him as the leader of his team. The production is also playing a big part in the fluidity of the album with instrumentals from Beat Bully, J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, Detail Boi-1da, Mike Will and Jhalil Beats jus to name a few. Nevertheless, if you know what Khaled appeal is this is a nice compilation that get a play in the whip, in the speakers and in the club too.
As a DJ, the expections of the album shouldn’t be that high but every single time Khaled drops, he is able to bring a buzz around his album. With people like Dj Drama and Dj Khaled who are possibly the 2 hottest Dj’s in the rap game right now. Both coming from the South, we can all agree that the South has the game on lock again for thee non-believers. The same hustle DJ Drama is doing on the mixtape scence, Khaled only does it better in the mainstream way. If he doesnt put much voice in his own projects, his skits and ad-lib throughout the album are still making his prescence felt. Kiss The Ring is definetly showing that Khaled is not stagnant at his position.
Wish You Would (ft. Kanye West & Rick Ross) A++
I Don’t See Em (ft. 2Chainz, Ace Hood and Birdman) A++
Don’t Pay For It (ft. Tyga, Kirko Bangz, Mack Maine and Wale ) A
Take It To The Head (ft. Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Chris Brown and Lil Wayne A