The Last Kiss

Jadakiss

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The Last Kiss Review

by David Jeffries

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." Two tracks later he's singing the silly "If you're real and you know it/Clap your hands" over an unsurprising Swizz Beats production, but it's "Grind Hard" that really disappoints, with the Mary J. Blige support coming off as standard. That's a first, but "What If" isn't a first at all, using the exact same structure as Kiss of Death's Nas collaboration "Why." One of the more interesting cuts, the heartfelt "Letter to B.I.G.," already appeared on the Notorious soundtrack, and the album's title is nonsense, as Jada had already declared his intention to keep going. Despite what the haters say, this is another missed opportunity for Jadakiss, a man whose best work never lands on the high-profile releases.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Jadakiss 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
2 Jadakiss 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
3 Jadakiss 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
4 Jadakiss 05:06 SpotifyAmazon
5 Jadakiss 03:36 SpotifyAmazon
6 Jadakiss 04:26 SpotifyAmazon
7 Jadakiss 03:39 SpotifyAmazon
8 Jadakiss 03:57 SpotifyAmazon
9 Jadakiss 03:41 SpotifyAmazon
10 Jadakiss 03:40 SpotifyAmazon
11 Jadakiss 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
12 Jadakiss 03:43 SpotifyAmazon
13 Jadakiss 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
14 Jadakiss feat: S.I.N.A. 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
15 Jadakiss 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
16 Jadakiss 04:01
17 Jadakiss feat: Snipe Lyfe 05:24 SpotifyAmazon
18 Jadakiss 03:24
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