Top 5 Dead or Alive

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Top 5 Dead or Alive
Jadakiss Top 5 Dead or Alive.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 20, 2015
Genre Hip hop
Jadakiss chronology
The Last Kiss
Top 5 Dead or Alive
Friday on Elm Street
Singles from Top 5 Dead or Alive
  1. "Jason"
    Released: October 16, 2015
  2. "Ain't Nothin New"
    Released: October 30, 2015

Top 5 Dead or Alive is the fourth studio album by American hip hop recording artist Jadakiss. The album was released on November 20, 2015, by D-Block Records and Def Jam Recordings. [1] [2] The album features guest appearances from Akon, Future, Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo, Nas, Nipsey Hussle, Styles P, Puff Daddy, Sheek Louch, Swizz Beatz, Young Adz and Young Buck.

Hip hop music music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping

Hip hop music, also called hip-hop or rap music, is a genre of popular music developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans and Latino Americans in the Bronx borough of New York City in the 1970s. It consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records, and rhythmic beatboxing. While often used to refer solely to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.

Jadakiss American rapper from New York

Jason Terrance Phillips, better known by his stage name Jadakiss, is an American rapper. He is known for being one third of the New York hip hop group The Lox, as well as being a member of the Ruff Ryders collective and for his solo work. He is currently signed to both Def Jam Records and his own label, D-Block Records, which he founded with the other members of The Lox. Jadakiss has released four studio albums, with the most recent being Top 5 Dead or Alive on November 20, 2015.

Def Jam Recordings American record label

Def Jam Recordings is an American record label focused predominantly on hip hop, pop, and urban music, owned by Universal Music Group. In the UK, the label takes on the name Def Jam UK and is operated through Virgin EMI Records, while in Japan, it is known as Def Jam Japan, operating through Universal Music Japan. The label distributes releases of various record labels, including Kanye West's GOOD Music, and Listen Up Forever Records, headed by producer, Ronny J. Current artists include BTS, Justin Bieber, Logic, Big Sean, Kanye West, Nas, 2 Chainz, Teyana Taylor, YG, Dave East, Jeezy, Jeremih, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Valee, Pusha T, Vince Staples, Fabolous, Desiigner Jhené Aiko, Black Sheep (group), A Tribe Called Quest, and Leaders of the New School.



In May 2010, he spoke about the progress of the album, saying: "I got about three good ones. Not even recorded. I got probably two verses off each song. Maybe four good ones. [DJ Drama] sent me something. I’m doing real careful selection on production on this project…Even my street joints, even if it’s a symphony. If every verse got 75 curses in it, I want the production to be big…I was gonna switch the name up. I put it on Twitter, I put it on every website you can imagine, and that came back unanimous. So Top Five, Dead or Alive it is, baby…It’s Def Jam, Roc-A-Fella, Ruff Ryders, D-Block, Aphilliates, Green Lantern, a couple of other white guys [releasing it.] You know how this game is. Everybody is in the pot. But it’s enough money for everybody." [3]

In December 2012, he explained that he was halfway done recording the album, saying: "It's coming baby, first quarter. Anywhere, February, March, April... You know, somewhere around there where it feels right,. It's halfway finished now. When I finish this tour, I'll go home and finish the rest of it and then we strategize the marketing plan and get that thing out to the people." [4]


On October 16, 2015, the album's first single "Jason" featuring Swizz Beatz was released. [5] On October 30, 2015, the album's second single "Ain't Nothin New" featuring Ne-Yo and Nipsey Hussle was released. [6]

Swizz Beatz American record producer, rapper, DJ and entrepreneur from New York

Kasseem Dean, known professionally as Swizz Beatz, is an American hip hop recording artist, DJ, record producer, art collector, and entrepreneur from New York City. Born and raised in The Bronx, Dean began his musical career as a disc jockey (DJ). At the age of 16, he gained recognition in the hip hop industry through his friendship and work with East Coast rapper DMX and his family's Ruff Ryders Entertainment record label. Dean later found a protégé in Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy, whose success helped the launch of his own label imprint, Full Surface Records in 1999. He went on to sign multiple artists to the label, including Eve, Mashonda, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Dean also released two albums under the label; the first was a compilation, titled Swizz Beatz Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories, released in 2002, and later his debut studio album, One Man Band Man in 2007. In November 2018, Dean released his second studio album, Poison, featuring collaborations with multiple hip hop artists.

Ne-Yo American singer, songwriter and record producer from Nevada

Shaffer Chimere Smith, better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and dancer. He gained fame for his songwriting abilities when he penned his 2004 hit "Let Me Love You" for singer Mario. The single's successful release in the United States prompted an informal meeting between Ne-Yo and Def Jam's label head and the signing of a recording contract.

Nipsey Hussle American rapper and activist

Ermias Joseph Asghedom, known professionally as Nipsey Hussle, was an American rapper, entrepreneur, and community activist. Emerging from the West Coast hip hop scene in the mid-2000s, Hussle independently released his first mixtape, Slauson Boy Volume 1, to moderate local success, which led to him being signed to Cinematic Music Group and Epic Records. He became known for his numerous mixtapes, including his Bullets Ain't Got No Name series, The Marathon, The Marathon Continues and Crenshaw, the last of which rapper Jay-Z bought 100 copies for $100 each. After much delay, his debut studio album Victory Lap was released in 2018 to critical acclaim and commercial success, and was nominated for the Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 73/100 [7]
Review scores
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HipHopDX Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [9]
Pitchfork Media 5.5/10 [10]
RapReviews7/10 [11]

Top 5 Dead or Alive received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 73, based on 5 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". [7] David Jeffries of AllMusic said, "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." [8] Scott Glaysher of HipHopDX said, "After the first initial play through, this album definitely translates as Jadakiss’ most celebratory to date. The beats are more grandiose, less gutter horror story and more hustler’s celebration. The whole theme plays out like his very own victory lap." [9]

Music criticism

The Oxford Companion to Music defines music criticism as 'the intellectual activity of formulating judgements on the value and degree of excellence of individual works of music, or whole groups or genres'. In this sense, it is a branch of musical aesthetics. With the concurrent expansion of interest in music and information media over the past century, the term has come to acquire the conventional meaning of journalistic reporting on musical performances.

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It is regarded as the foremost online review aggregation site for the video game industry.

Standard score how many standard deviations apart from the mean an observed datum is

In statistics, the standard score is the signed fractional number of standard deviations by which the value of an observation or data point is above the mean value of what is being observed or measured. Observed values above the mean have positive standard scores, while values below the mean have negative standard scores.

Commercial performance

In the United States, the album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 60,000 copies in its first week. [12]

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Track listing

1."First 48 (Intro)" Ty Fyffe 3:23
2."Shop Talk (skit)"
  • Phillips
  • Sedgewick Robinson
  • Kristian Smith
  • Keith Wheeler
3."You Don't Eat" (featuring Puff Daddy)
4."You Can See" (featuring Future)
5."Y. O. (Youthful Offenders)" (featuring Akon)
6."Jason" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
  • Swizz Beatz
  • Batson
7."Kill" (featuring Lil Wayne)
8."Man in the Mirror"
  • Pav Bundy
  • Swerv
9."Synergy" (featuring Styles P) Just Blaze 3:51
10."Ain't Nothin New" (featuring Ne-Yo and Nipsey Hussle)
  • Buda & Grandz
  • Beat Butcha
11."So High" (featuring Wiz Khalifa) Rico Beats 3:20
12."Ahaa Interview (skit)"
  • Phillips
  • Anthony Donahue
  • James D. Fowler
  • Seymour
13."Critical" (featuring Jeezy)
Rico Beats3:14
14."Confetti (skit)" (featuring Young Adz)
  • Phillips
  • Daniel Morris
  • Bradley Myers
  • Seymour
  • Adam Williams
15."Cutlass" (featuring EX.OD.US)
  • Phillips
  • Jesus Hernandez
  • Anthony Graham
  • Stephen Nicholson
  • Seymour
  • D'angelo Taylor-Ricard
  • Posta
  • Stevie Nick [a]
16."Realest in the Game" (featuring Young Buck and Sheek Louch)
Arkatech Beatz 5:42
17."Rain" (featuring Nas and Styles P)
Scram Jones 4:54
18."One More Mile to Go"
  • Phillips
  • Mads Møller
  • Thor Nørgaard
  • Seymour
Total length:60:01



Chart (2015)Peak
US Billboard 200 [13] 4
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) [14] 1

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