What was considered the most anticipated since Illmatic turned into a critical disappointment for Jadakiss. Despite the fact that he had a monstrous buzz, hit singles,and every co sign giving him the credibility as the next rap star to blow, The direction of Kiss the Game Goodbye was misguided and fired all over the place. He tried too hard to please different demographics and the album despite its gems turned out to be a disaster.
But that didn’t stop Kiss. The album still went Gold and was successful enough to keep him relevant.His price demand was still up for whenever an artist needed a cool 16 or a feature on an album. His anticipation for his Sophomore album Kiss of Death was growing once again and Kiss served up the streets with a classic mixtape titled The Champ is Here.
Jada knew that when he’s planning retail releases that he has to cater to more bosses but on The Champ is Here this is Kiss as his finest. What made The Champ is Here stand out amongst as one of the greatest mixtapes of all time is how he set the theme off as a hungry boxer in the Rap game. The Champ is Here which was heavily influenced by Muhammad Ali’s boast of glory remains as one of Kiss’s best tracks ever. It’s even a opener to Warren Ballentine’s Radio show.
The Yonkers Kid with the raspy continued to swing for the fences and prove why he’s one of the rap games prime spitters. Check out the tracks 40 Bars of Terror, My Buddy and Carry Ya Casket.
The album’s best track no question is also one of the best song Jadakiss’s ever wrote is WHY. This is where Kiss shows that he can actually write songs and he asked the questions of WHY occurrences such as corruption in politics, the rap game, and within life’s struggles.
Even though its short and sweet. This still stands out in the midst of time as Kiss’s best work to date. Best believe had he added this with the best cuts off Kiss of Death that he would have had a 5 mic classic on his hands. But the mixtape will do!
Vic Da Ruler: 10 outta 10