Top Five Dead or Alive

Top Five Dead or Alive

by JadakissJadakiss

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Overview

Ruff Ryders member Jadakiss dropped the "Top Five Dead or Alive" line years ago, and since it instantly became a common conversation starter for hip-hop heads, it's only right the MC reclaim the phrase for the title of his fourth solo studio LP. Top Five Dead or Alive, the album, finds Jada offering plenty of arguments as to why he should be on everyone's list, but he also comes with a "show and prove" attitude, one that looks to convince not only the hardcore fans but the casual radio listeners as well. Old-school (Puff Daddy does his classic call-and-response on the highlight "You Don't Eat") sits right next to the current school (2015 hero Future could help "You Can See" land on hipster mixtapes) and the transition is smooth. Then Akon's trademark sound effect -- the clang of jailhouse doors -- introduces a number that actually deserves it, as the dark and dire "Y. O. (Youthful Offenders)" suggests the prison system is screwed and only breeds Old Offenders. "Jason," with Swizz Beatz, high-kicks like a dancehall champion while "Ain't Nothin' New" comes with the sheen and stately cinematic feel of a Bond theme, making Jada's "Seein' if these seven digits cheques clear/Drivin' cars that don't come out 'til next year" sound as refined and certain as 007's "Shaken, not stirred." A top-notch Lil Wayne appearance plus an unofficial Lox reunion with Styles P and Sheek Louch guesting on the LP help put this one through the uprights, giving veteran Jada one of his best and most ambitious showcases to date. [A clean version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2015
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602547623423
catalogNumber: 002416802
Rank: 46898

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jadakiss   Primary Artist
Styles P   Vocals
Toluwalope Adebayo   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stevie Nicks   Producer
Marc Anthony   Composer
Dan Garcia   Composer
Adam Williams   Composer
Linda Perhacs   Composer
Mark Batson   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Tony Rey   Vocal Engineer
David Styles   Composer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Jadakiss   Composer,Executive Producer
Eric Neuser   Package Production
Jay "Icepick" Jackson   Producer,Executive Producer
Akon   Producer
Sean D. Jacobs   Composer
Daniel Morris   Composer,Producer
Scram Jones   Producer
Shaffer Smith   Composer
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Composer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Vocal Engineer
Khaled Khaled   Composer,Producer
Paris Wells   Composer
Jesus "Poobs" Fernandez   Composer,Producer
Moses Gallart   Vocal Engineer
Nadir Khayat   Composer
Donald Blackman   Composer
Cameron Thomaz   Composer
Shondrae "Mr. Bangladesh" Crawford   Composer,Producer
Nasir Jones   Composer
Ty Fyffe   Composer,Producer
Beat Butcha   Producer
Thomas Bergersen   Composer
Bilal "The Chef" Hajji   Composer
Marc Shemer   Composer
David Brown   Composer
Rico Beats   Producer
Pav Bundy   Producer
Nayvadius Wilburn   Composer
Songvibe   Producer
Ricardo LaMarre   Composer
Arkatech Beatz   Producer
Joseph Acosta   Composer
Kyle Resto   Producer
Lauren Seymour   Composer
Ermias Asghedom   Composer
Anthony Graham   Composer
Thor Nørgaard   Composer
Eliot Dubock   Composer
Michael Dewar   Composer
Garnett Flynn   Engineer
Nicholas Phoenix   Composer
Francis Ubiera   Composer
Jamie Jason Daley   Composer
James D. Fowler   Composer
Anthony Donahue   Composer
Keith Wheeler   Composer
Kristian Smith   Composer
D'angelo Taylor-Ricard   Composer
Bradley Myers   Composer
Sedgewick Robinson   Composer
Collin Dewar   Composer
Shamel Hughes   Engineer
Dayzel "The Machine" Fowler   Producer,Engineer
Avenue Beatz   Producer
Matt Senna   Art Direction
Bjoern Djupstroem   Composer
M. Moeller   Composer

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