The Death of Adam

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The Death of Adam
Studio album by 88-Keys
Released November 11, 2008
Recorded 2006-2008
Genre Hip-Hop
Label Decon Records
Producer 88-Keys & Kanye West (co-exec.)
88-Keys albums chronology
Adam's Case Files Mixtape
(2008)
The Death of Adam
(2008)
Singles from The Death of Adam
  1. "Stay Up! (Viagra)"
    Released: August 25, 2008
  2. ""
    Released:
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
DJBooth.net 3.5/5 stars[2]
HipHopDX.com 4/5 stars[3]
Vibe (positive)[4]
Spin 3/5 stars[5]
NY Daily News 3/5 stars[6]
RapReviews.com 7.5/10 stars[7]

The Death of Adam is the debut album by producer and rapper 88-Keys. Released on November 11, 2008, the album features guest appearances by Kanye West, Kid Cudi, J Davey, Redman, Bilal, Phonte of Little Brother, and alternative rock group Shitake Monkey.[8]

Concept[edit]

The album tells the story of an investigation surrounding the death of a man named Adam who was murdered in his Harlem loft apartment. During a recent interview in regards to the album's concept 88' stated:

The story is told instrumentally, while the featured artists help get the story across. 88' has described that his inspiration for the project derived from the thought, "What gives me pleasure?"

Aside from tracks, the album's investigative story is told through visual means, particularly DCN 27 News pieces that were distributed on multiple video-sharing sites. In the faux news bulletins, local news reporter Chip Adams interviews various artists who apparently knew Adam to a certain extent and provide their feedback on his death.[10] The viral series includes cameos by Q-Tip, Consequence, Kid Cudi and Shitake Monkey.

The album's lead single, "Stay Up! (Viagra)", features 88’s executive producer of the project, Kanye West:

Track list[edit]

# Title Guest Performer(s) Composer(s) Time
1 "Morning Wood" M. Bell, C. Njapa & Peter Wade 4:04
2 "Nice Guys Finish Last" E. Townsend & C. Njapa 2:12
3 "The Friends Zone" Shitake Monkey C. Shreve, M. Mothersbaugh, J. Hill, C. Njapa, R. Mothersbaugh & Peter Wade 4:04
4 "Handcuff 'Em" T. Davis, C. Njapa & B. White 2:54
5 "Stay Up! (Viagra)" Kanye West K. West & C. Njapa 3:11
6 "There's Pleasure in It" C. Njapa & J. Ferguson 1:31
7 "(Awww Man) Round 2?" C. Njapa & S. Payne 2:39
8 "Dirty Peaches" J*DaVeY P. McCartney, L. McCartney & B. Cartwright 4:27
9 "Close Call" Phonte of Little Brother J. Weatherly 3:56
10 "The Burning Bush" Redman R. Noble, C. Njapa & N. Whitfield 3:49
11 "Ho' Is Short for Honey" KiD CuDi P. McCartney & L. McCartney 3:04
12 "No. I Said I LIKED You" C. Njapa 1:45
13 "M.I.L.F." Bilal C. Njapa, S. Stewart & B. Oliver 3:49
14 "Another Victim" H. Hinsley, C. Njapa, T. Connors & P. Olive 2:22

Samples[edit]

  • "Nice Guys Finish Last"
    • "It's Too Late to Be Nice to Her Now" by Townsend, Townsend, Townsend and Rogers
  • "Stay Up! (Viagra)"
  • "(Awww Man) Round 2?"
  • " Dirty Peaches"
    • "The Note You Never Wrote" by Wings
  • " Burning Bush"
  • " Ho Is Short For Honey"
  • "M.I.L.F."

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