Kiss of Death (Jadakiss album)

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Kiss of Death
Studio album by Jadakiss
Released June 22, 2004
Recorded 2003–2004
Studio Evil Genius Studios
(New York, New York)
Powerhouse Studios
(Yonkers, New York)
Groovyville Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Hip hop
Length 62:54
Label Ruff Ryders, Interscope
Producer The Neptunes, Kanye West, Scott Storch, Havoc, Swizz Beatz, Eminem, Alchemist, DJ Green Lantern, Black Key, Jelly Roll,, Elite, Baby Grand, Red Spyda
Jadakiss chronology
Kiss tha Game Goodbye
Kiss of Death
The Last Kiss
Singles from Kiss of Death
  1. "Why?"
    Released: July 13, 2004
  2. "U Make Me Wanna"
    Released: October 12, 2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (76/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club (positive)[3]
Billboard (positive)[4]
Entertainment Weekly B[5]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[6]
RapReviews (8.5/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Spin A−[9]
Vibe 4/5 stars[10]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[11]

Kiss of Death is the second album by American rapper Jadakiss. It is the follow-up to his 2001 gold-RIAA selling debut album Kiss tha Game Goodbye. The album was released in the US on the June 22, 2004 and debuted at number one on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.


The album's singles charted successfully. The singles include "Why" featuring Anthony Hamilton) which peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and "U Make Me Wanna" featuring Mariah Carey) which peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 8 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 selling 246,000 copies in its first week. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 1,000,000 copies in the United States. In the UK, the album debuted at number 65 on the UK Albums Chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" J. Phillips, J. D'Agostino DJ Green Lantern 1:13
2. "What You So Mad At?" J. Phillips, M. Davis Black Key 3:37
3. "Shine" (featuring Snoop Dogg & DJ Quik) J. Phillips, D. Blake, C. Broadus, D. Drew, S. Green Jelly Roll 5:00
4. "Bring You Down" J. Phillips, Q. Atkinson Neo Da Matrix 3:39
5. "Time's Up" (featuring Nate Dogg) J. Phillips, N. Hale, S. Storch Scott Storch 3:36
6. "Why" (featuring Anthony Hamilton) J. Phillips, A. Hamilton, K. Muchita, P. Moerien Havoc 4:00
7. "U Make Me Wanna" (featuring Mariah Carey) J. Phillips, M. Carey, S. Storch Scott Storch 4:53
8. "Hot" (Skit) L. Troutman, R. Troutman   0:18
9. "Hot Sauce to Go" (featuring Pharrell) J. Phillips, P. Williams The Neptunes 3:56
10. "Real Hip Hop" (featuring Sheek Louch) J. Phillips, S. Jacobs, K. Dean, C. Mayfield Swizz Beatz 2:57
11. "Shoot Outs" (featuring Styles P) J. Phillips, D. Styles, A. Parrino Elite 4:18
12. "Still Feel Me" J. Phillips, A. Maman The Alchemist 2:42
13. "By Your Side" J. Phillips, R. Adair, M. McLeod, P. Sawyer Baby Grand 3:51
14. "Gettin' It In" (featuring Kanye West) J. Phillips, K. West Kanye West 3:37
15. "Air It Out" J. Phillips, Q. Atkinson Neo Da Matrix 4:03
16. "Welcome to D-Block" (performed by The LOX featuring Eminem) J. Phillips, M. Mathers, S. Jacobs, D. Styles, L. Resto, S. King Eminem 4:25
17. "Kiss of Death" (featuring Styles P) J. Phillips, A. Thelusma Red Spyda 3:12
18. "I'm Goin Back" (featuring Nesha) J. Phillips, M. Davis, R. Howerton, W. Lewis, D. Lewis Black Key 3:37


Chart (2004) Peak
US Billboard 200[12] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[13] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Andy Kellman (2004-06-22). "Kiss of Death - Jadakiss | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  3. ^ Rabin, Nathan (2004-07-12). "Review: Jadakiss: Kiss Of Death". Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Kiss of Death". Archived from the original on August 13, 2004. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  5. ^ Chen, Steven (2004-07-09). "Kiss Of Death". Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  6. ^ J-23 (2004-06-21). "Jadakiss - Kiss of Death". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  7. ^ "Feature for June 22, 2004 - Jadakiss' "Kiss of Death"". 2004-06-22. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  8. ^ Jadakiss (2004-08-05). "Jadakiss: Kiss Of Death : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on December 26, 2007. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  9. ^ Carley, Brennan. "Jadakiss, 'Kiss of Death' (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)". SPIN. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  10. ^ Vibe - Google Livres. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  11. ^ " - Jadakiss' killer 'Kiss'; Wilco's shape-shifting 'Ghost'". 2004-06-30. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  12. ^ "Jadakiss – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Jadakiss. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  13. ^ "Jadakiss – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Jadakiss. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Jadakiss – Kiss of Death". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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