Kamikaze
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 27, 2004
Recorded2003
Genre
Length1:05:55
LabelAtlantic
Producer
Twista chronology
Adrenaline Rush
(1997)
Kamikaze
(2004)
The Day After
(2005)
Singles from Kamikaze
  1. "Slow Jamz"
    Released: December 2, 2003
  2. "Overnight Celebrity"
    Released: March 9, 2004
  3. "So Sexy"
    Released: June 22, 2004
  4. "Sunshine"
    Released: August 26, 2004
  5. "So Sexy: Chapter II (Like This)"
    Released: September 21, 2004

[1]Kamikaze is the fourth studio album by American rapper Twista. It was released on January 27, 2004, by Atlantic Records. The album reached the top of the US Billboard 200 chart in early 2004, after the success of its lead single, "Slow Jamz". It sold 312,000 units in its first week of sales, and received generally positive reviews from critics.[2] It is Twista's most successful album, being certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Background

On his website, Twista stated that he made Kamikaze to show that he was still true to the ideals that he had when he started out. "I represent for the MCs that have skills, not just make music for the hell of it. I take the time to concentrate. Otherwise, I could have 10 albums out there, easy. I could sit down all day and write something. But I write when I get in a zone more than writing because I’ve got to do this. I represent the artists that keep it true to what really is, to be able to make rappers want to write."

"I want to show the streets that I'm back and that I'm true to the game. Musically, I want to show that I'm still out here doing my thing. After all the people that were out when I was out years ago fell off, I’m still out here competing with the shorties. I also want to gain platinum success. It's something that I haven't done."

The song "Sunshine" contains the backing track from Lovely Day by Bill Withers.

The song "Overnight Celebrity" contains a sample of the Lenny Williams' 1978 song "Cause I Love You".

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic66/100 [2]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [3]
Blender3.5/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau(choice cut) [4]
HipHopDX4/5 stars [5]
Pitchfork Media(6.4/10) [6]
PopMatters8/10 stars [2][7]
RapReviews(8.5/10) [8]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars [9]
USA Today3/4 stars [10]
Vibe3.5/5 stars [2]

The album has a score of 66 out of 100 based on "generally positive reviews".[2] The A.V. Club gave it a favorable review and stated that the album "feels eclectic without stooping to demographics-pandering, though its contradictory elements create a few jarring moments."[11] E! Online gave it a B and said, "Twista still manages to steal the limelight on hot booty-busters like 'Slow Jamz' and 'Pimp On.'"[2] Yahoo! Music UK gave it seven stars out of ten and called it "overlong, like almost every rap album today, and it's not the sort of place to come expecting erudition or insight. But for one singular rapper unwilling and unafraid to stick to his guns, it's a deeply satisfying record."[12] Other reviews are pretty average or mixed: Q gave it three stars out of five and said, "Twista's overshadowed by [Kanye] West, but with jacked-up soul tunes such as 'Overnight Celebrity', the result, who cares?"[2] The Village Voice, however, gave it a mixed review and said that the album "Suggests nothing so much as Adrenaline Rush part two."[13]

Commercial performance

The first single "Slow Jamz" featured Kanye West and Jamie Foxx. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 and world R&B charts in early 2004, . Kamikaze built on the success of "Slow Jamz" to reach the top of the Billboard 200 album charts on release in January 2004 and to go Platinum by March 2004. The second single "Overnight Celebrity" had also reached top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and world R&B chart in March 2004. The single "So Sexy" with R. Kelly reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming a success.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Get Me"C. Mitchell, F. Taylor, L. Huff, C. GilbertToxic3:10
2."Kill Us All"C. Mitchell, F. TaylorToxic4:13
3."Pimp On" (featuring 8Ball & Too Short)C. Mitchell, T. Shaw, P. Smith, F. TaylorToxic4:02
4."Slow Jamz" (featuring Kanye West & Jamie Foxx)C. Mitchell, K. West, B. Bacharach, H. DavidKanye West3:32
5."Overnight Celebrity" (featuring Kanye West)C. Mitchell, K. West, M. Ben-Ari, M. Bennett, L. WilliamsKanye West3:54
6."Still Feels So Good" (featuring Jazze Pha)C. Mitchell, P. Alexander, F. TaylorToxic4:09
7."Drinks (featuring Highbeam)"C. Mitchell, F. TaylorToxic4:14
8."Badunkadunk" (featuring Jazze Pha)C. Mitchell, P. AlexanderJazze Pha4:14
9."One Last Time"C. Mitchell, K. WestKanye West4:56
10."So Sexy" (featuring R. Kelly)R. Kelly, C. MitchellR. Kelly3:51
11."Higher" (featuring Ludacris)C. Mitchell, C. Bridges, R. LeverstonWildstyle3:31
12."Snoopin’" (featuring Danny Boy)C. Mitchell, F. TaylorToxic5:22
13."Like a 24" (featuring T.I. & Liffy Stokes)C. Mitchell, S. Lindley, C. HarrisThe Legendary Traxster4:28
14."Hope" (featuring Cee-Lo)C. Mitchell, F. Taylor, C. MortonToxic4:33
15."Sunshine" (featuring Anthony Hamilton)C. Mitchell, A. Hamilton, A. Thelusma, B. Withers, S. ScarboroughRed Spyda3:44
16."Art & Life (Chi-Roc)" (featuring Memphis Bleek, Young Chris & Freeway)C. Mitchell, D. Andrews, B. Bridgeman, M. Caren, D. Palmer, C. Reis, M. Cox, L. PridgenD-Roy and Mr. B, Mike Caren4:09
Total length:66:02

Bonus tracks

These songs were included on the re-released version of Kamikaze.

  1. "So Sexy: Chapter II (Like This)" (featuring R. Kelly)
  2. "Freek-a-Leek (Remix)" (featuring Petey Pablo & Jermaine Dupri)

"Y'all Know Who", produced by Toxic, was an international bonus track, while "Get Dat Doe", produced by Don Vito, was a bonus track in the UK

Notes

Sample credits

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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