The Last Kiss (album)

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The Last Kiss
The Last Kiss Cover.jpg
Studio album by Jadakiss
Released April 7, 2009
Recorded 2005-2009
Genre Hip hop
Length 60:07
Label D-Block, Ruff Ryders, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Producer Baby Grand, Buckwild, ChopHouze, Eric Hudson, Fiend, Mr. Porter, Needlz, Neenyo, Neo Da Matrix, Sean C & LV, Snagz, Swiff D, Swizz Beatz, The Alchemist, The Inkredibles, The Neptunes
Jadakiss chronology
Kiss of Death
(2004)
The Last Kiss
(2009)
Top 5 Dead or Alive
(2015)
Singles from The Last Kiss
  1. "By My Side"
    Released: October 7, 2008
  2. "Can't Stop Me"
    Released: February 17, 2009
  3. "Death Wish"
    Released: March 24, 2009
  4. "Who's Real"
    Released: June 16, 2009

The Last Kiss is the third studio album by American rapper Jadakiss. The album was released on April 7, 2009, on D-Block Records, Ruff Ryders Entertainment, Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings, after numerous delays.[1] The album features guest appearances from Faith Evans, Swizz Beatz, Bobby V, Pharrell Williams, OJ da Juiceman, Sheek Louch, Mary J. Blige, Styles P, Ghostface Killah, Ne-Yo, Raekwon, Young Jeezy, D-Block, U.S.D.A., Lil Wayne, Blood Raw, & Avery Storm. Production on the album is handled by The Alchemist, Buckwild, Swizz Beatz, Neo da Matrix, The Neptunes, Baby Grand, Eric Hudson, Needlz, Sean C & LV and more

The first official single, "By My Side" featuring Ne-Yo was released on October 7, 2008 and the second single, "Can't Stop Me", which has peaked at #78 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks, was released on February 17, 2009. "Letter to B.I.G" was released as a promo single from the album and was also included on the soundtrack to the motion picture Notorious released on March 10, 2009. "Death Wish" was released as the third official single on March 24, 2009 and features Lil Wayne. The fourth and final single "Who's Real" was digitally released on May 5, 2009, released for airplay on June 9, 2009 and officially released on June 16, 2009. The album was given positive to mixed reviews from music critics.

Background[edit]

After securing a new deal with Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella Records, Jadakiss began recording in 2008. After multiple push backs, the album was given an April 7, 2009 release date.[2]

The original album title was Kiss My Ass, however Jada decided to change the album title:

I had to change the name of my album because "Kiss My Ass" wasn’t testing well at retail; not even with the exclamations or none of that so we had to change it to The Last Kiss, Jada explained during an interview with music website, BestofBothOffices.com.[2]

As The Last Kiss might lead some to believe that it could be Jadakiss' final album, he immediately stated that he has no plans to retire anytime soon and explained the meaning behind the album's title.

Some people asked me if this was my last album, nah, it’s just the first album was Kiss tha Game Goodbye, the second album was The Kiss of Death, so this one is The Last Kiss; it’s the closing of a trilogy. This is the last time the word "Kiss" is going to be in any of my album titles.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (61/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllHipHop (7/10)[4]
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B[6]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media (5.2/10)[8]
RapReviews (7.5/10)[9]
Spin (4/10)[10]
USA Today 3/4 stars[11]
Vibe 3/5 stars[12]
XXL 4/5 stars[13]

The Last Kiss received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 61, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 7 reviews.[3] David Jeffries of AllMusic said, "In a genre where albums frequently miss their street date, Jadakiss' The Last Kiss is an especially late hip-hop release, having been pushed back, retitled, and retooled numerous times. This problematic arrival shows too in the final product, but the problem may not be the much maligned rapper's ability or inspiration but the constant mishandling of his material. So many prime street cuts have been given away to comps, mixtapes, and soundtracks in the five years since Kiss of Death was released that only the slick, polished numbers remain, save the misleading kickoff "Pain & Torture."[5]

Steve Jones of USA Today said, "Though Kiss isn't as gritty as his previous efforts — a sign of maturity, perhaps — he still serves up plenty of bangers for hard cases. There's no shortage of songs boasting of his accomplishments, 'hood credentials and microphone prowess. But he also takes a broader view and more varied sonic palette."[11] HipHopDX said, "Even if there are a handful of tracks that should've been shaved off, there's nothing outright bad on The Last Kiss and a lot that's good. It probably won't be a standout in his overall catalogue when its all said and done (especially compared to the disgracefully underrated Kiss of Death) but it's a solid entry nonetheless. A good album from a great rapper--give it your time."[7] Simon Vozick-Levinson of Entertainment Weekly said, "When he caters to changed times, the results are forgettable. But when he stays in his lane, there’s no one who can snarl a couplet quite like him."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, selling 134,520 copies in its first week.[14] Jadakiss later responded to the sales, by explaining he was pleased with the album's overall success, and that it has since been attributed to traditional marketing.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Pain & Torture"   Buckwild 3:09
2. "Can't Stop Me" (featuring Ayanna Irish) Neo da Matrix 3:52
3. "Who's Real" (featuring Swizz Beatz & OJ da Juiceman) Snagz, Swizz Beatz 3:11
4. "Grind Hard" (featuring Mary J. Blige) The Inkredibles 5:06
5. "Something Else" (featuring Young Jeezy) Fiend 3:35
6. "One More Step" (featuring Styles P) Sean C & LV 4:26
7. "Stress Ya" (featuring Pharrell Williams) The Neptunes 3:39
8. "What If" (featuring Nas) ChopHouze 3:55
9. "Things I've Been Through"   DJ Neeli Neel 3:40
10. "I Tried" (featuring Avery Storm) Baby Grand 3:39
11. "Rockin' with the Best" (featuring Pharrell Williams & Bobby V) The Neptunes 3:20
12. "Smoking Gun" (featuring Jazmine Sullivan) Mr. Porter 3:42
13. "Cartel Gathering" (featuring Ghostface Killah & Raekwon) Swiff D, Eddie F 2:53
14. "Come & Get Me" (featuring Sheek Louch & S.I.) Neenyo 3:07
15. "By My Side" (featuring Ne-Yo) Eric Hudson 3:29
16. "Letter to B.I.G." (featuring Faith Evans) Needlz 3:59
17. "Something Else" (Remix) (featuring Young Jeezy, Snype Life, Bully, A.P., Boo Rossini & Blood Raw) Fiend 5:23
18. "Death Wish" (featuring Lil Wayne) The Alchemist 3:24

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[16] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Site". Jadakiss. 2009-04-07. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  2. ^ a b c Ivey, Nile. "Jadakiss Switches Album Title, Preps Lp For December 9th Release" (Online interview). BET.com. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for The Last Kiss". Metacritic. 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  4. ^ Ismael AbduSalaam. "Reviews / Music : Jadakiss: "The Last Kiss" (Album Review)". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on April 11, 2009. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  5. ^ a b David Jeffries (2009-04-07). "The Last Kiss - Jadakiss | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  6. ^ a b Vozick, Simon (2009-04-01). "The Last Kiss". EW.com. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  7. ^ a b athorton (2009-04-06). "Jadakiss - The Last Kiss". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  8. ^ "Jadakiss: The Last Kiss | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  9. ^ "Jadakiss :: The Last Kiss :: Def Jam". Rapreviews.com. 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  10. ^ Carley, Brennan. "Jadakiss, ‘The Last Kiss’ (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam)". SPIN. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  11. ^ a b Jones, Steve (2009-04-07). "Listen Up: 'Last Kiss' a public display of near-perfection". Usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  12. ^ "Jadakiss: The Last Kiss : VIBE.com". Web.archive.org. 2009-04-08. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  13. ^ "Jadakiss: The Last Kiss - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  14. ^ "Jadakiss Debuts At No. 3, Sells Over 134K In First Week". Xxlmag.Com. 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  15. ^ skoroma (2009-04-29). "Jadakiss' Sales Success Attributed To Traditional Marketing". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  16. ^ "Jadakiss – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Jadakiss. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  17. ^ "Jadakiss – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Jadakiss. Retrieved September 19, 2013.

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