The Death of Adam

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The Death of Adam
Death of Adam.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 11, 2008
LabelDecon Records
Producer88-Keys & Kanye West (co-exec.)
88-Keys albums chronology
Adam's Case Files Mixtape
The Death of Adam
Singles from The Death of Adam
  1. "Stay Up! (Viagra)"
    Released: August 25, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
DJBooth.net3.5/5 stars[2]
HipHopDX.com4/5 stars[3]
Spin3/5 stars[5]
NY Daily News3/5 stars[6]
RapReviews.com7.5/10 stars[7]

The Death of Adam is the debut studio album by American hip hop 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]


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


  • "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."

Hardware assembly[edit]


  1. ^ "The Death of Adam - 88-Keys - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  2. ^ "88-Keys - The Death of Adam - Album Review, Stream - Hip Hop Albums - DJBooth". DJBooth. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  3. ^ "88-Keys - The Death of Adam". Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Vibe review". Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  5. ^ "88-Keys, 'The Death of Adam' (Decon)". 18 December 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Wry humor is key 'The Death of Adam'". Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  7. ^ "88-Keys :: The Death of Adam :: Decon Records". Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "88-Keys Teams W/BFF Kanye West For New LP". HHBOARD. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  9. ^ "Producer's Corner: 88-Keys". William E. Ketchum III. 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  10. ^ "The Death of Adam" News Piece #1 on YouTube

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