August 02, 2004 12:00 PM

Kiss of Death

As a member of the LOX and a guest emcee on tracks like Jennifer Lopez‘s 2002 hit “Jenny from the Block,” rugged rapper Jadakiss has always played well with others. On his second solo outing, the Yonkers, N.Y., native enlists all-star assists from Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Mariah Carey and Anthony Hamilton. For the most part, these A-list guests and other featured performers (like Jadakiss’s former LOX cohorts Styles P. and Sheek) pump life into Kiss of Death. Each helps bring something different to the party: the rubbery gangsta bounce of “Shine,” the southern-fried R&B of “Why,” the Superfly funk of “Hot Sauce to Go,” the hardcore hip-hop of “Welcome to D-Block” (an Eminem-produced posse cut worthy of Slim Shady’s own group D12). Even as a solo artist, Jadakiss recognizes that there can be strength in numbers.


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