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  • Summary: The fourth full-length solo studio release for the New York rapper features guest appearances from such artist as Akon, Future, Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo, Puff Daddy, and Wiz Khalifa.
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You Don't Eat
By any means whatever it takes More or less life or death whatever the case It's all about your stamina it's never the race Re the bank back up if... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 9, 2015
    80
    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.
  2. Dec 9, 2015
    80
    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.
  3. The Source
    Dec 9, 2015
    70
    T5DOA is a fine body of work, but falls short of the "classic album" tag that has eluded Kiss throughout his career. [Dec/Jan 2016, p.89]
  4. Dec 15, 2015
    70
    Older heads will appreciate the nods to earlier records but simultaneously be underwhelmed at the new takes on them. New listeners will enjoy the solo tracks that showcase Jada's lyricism and unique, nasal flow, but there just aren't enough of them.
  5. Dec 9, 2015
    55
    Despite its street-level money, power and respect rhymes, almost all of it feels divorced from reality, free of any kind of narrative grounding or personal disclosure.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Dec 9, 2015
    8
    Mythical album, finally comes to release. T.5DOA has been in rumor and a topic of quite a few jada hints. And, for the most part, it doesn'tMythical album, finally comes to release. T.5DOA has been in rumor and a topic of quite a few jada hints. And, for the most part, it doesn't disappoint. Love the grimey, NYC feel of the album-staying true to his style (remincient of the the L.O.X). Although having Puffy and Nature on it fully degrade the quality, Jeezy and Nas supplement them nicely on other tracks. I also liked Sheek and Swizz Beats making appearances too. Jada does reach with trying to incorporate Ne-yo and Akon but fail. Expand
  2. Dec 30, 2015
    7
    A decent effort from the rap veteran, only held back from it's full potential by some lackluster guest appearances (Swizz Beatz almost ruinedA decent effort from the rap veteran, only held back from it's full potential by some lackluster guest appearances (Swizz Beatz almost ruined a great track, and Diddy was pretty much nonexistent) and a second half that couldn't quite compare to the first one, but still had some standout tracks, like "Critical" ft. Jeezy and "Cutlass"

    Top 5 Dead or Alive can be shortly summarized as a grimey album, with grimey production by a grimey rapper that has one of the best rap voices ever.
    If you like that, you are going to enjoy it.

    Fav Tracks: Jason (Even with the bad Swizz verse), Kill, Synergy, Critical
    Least Fav Tracks: So High
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  3. Feb 21, 2016
    7
    I only liked 5 songs on the whole album, but those 5 songs is what makin it from not havin a bad score. Synergy, First 48 which had the bestI only liked 5 songs on the whole album, but those 5 songs is what makin it from not havin a bad score. Synergy, First 48 which had the best beat imo, Rain, Jason, and Aint nothin new. All these songs went insane but the other songs sounded like some mixtape radio friendly trash. Worst song was easily the Future song. I wouldnt say this is his best album but it aint his worst either. Hope this review was good peace. Expand

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