New Releases: MIMS Drops ‘Guilt,’ Jadakiss Delivers ‘The Last Kiss’
While some may have immediately written Washington Heights rapper MIMS off as a one hit wonder after his simplistic hit “This is Why I’m Hot,” those who have followed his career since his first single, “L.O.V.E.,” knew that he was a talented MC who had yet to fulfill his potential.
With ‘Move (If You Wanna),’ the lead single to MIMS’ sophomore release, ‘Guilt,’ he further proves his ability to make big records, stepping up his flow and spitting effortlessly over Da Internz’ beat.
The album features some top shelf production courtesy of Jim Jonsin and The Kaliphat, as well as guest appearances by Ky-mani Marley, J. Holiday and Tech N9ne, who absolutely murders ‘Rock ‘N Rollin,’ namechecking a slew of rock bands as he spits “A Motorhead, I spit it in a mean way/Mama I kill a man like Queen say.”
However, after listening to ‘Guilt,’ one can’t help but notice that the MC borrows (stylistically) from a few of the hottest rappers in the game. From the standout title track ‘Guilt,’ where he channels Jay-Z, ‘On & On’ where he adopts some of Kanye West‘s phrasing and signature rhyme scheme, to ‘Rock ‘N Rollin” where he sounds eerily like Lil Wayne, there are moments where it is almost impossible to discern MIMS from his influences.
On the flip side you have Jadakiss, who, no matter how hard he may try, can only sound like, well, Kiss, even with a bevy of artists tossed on nearly every track. The Yonkers, NY bred MC’s first album in five years sounds a bit like a mixtape with the laundry list of collaborators, including Swizz Beatz, Nas, Lil Wayne, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, just to name a few.
In a recent interview, Kiss compared the record to Mobb Deep‘s dark classic ‘The Infamous,’ so we expected something grimy, brutal even … the album we’d been waiting for Kiss to make all along. Kiss works hard at this, which could be the reason for the whopping 18 tracks, including three bonus offerings. Unfortunately ‘The Last Kiss’ suffers from a basic hip-hop dilemma, which is satisfying the streets while attempting to have a commercial hit.